Lenovo may not have a US launch scheduled for the Vibe Z yet, but do you really want a 5.5-inch Android phone when you could have a 28-inch 4K display running Android? That’s right, Android is no longer a smartphone or tablet OS. Lenovo is bringing it to the big screen with 3840×2160 pixels. When it comes to market in July of 2014, the Lenovo ThinkVision 28 4K display will run Android 4.4 (the unit we played with at Lenovo’s suite at CES was running Android 4.3) and will sell for $1199. Internal specs include an NVIDIA Tegra processor, WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC, 2.1 megapixel camera, 2 5W speakers, microSD card slot, HDMI, USB 3.0 and DisplayPort.
Lenovo and and NVIDIA are not naming the exact chip used inside the ThinkVision 28, but we did get a smile and a wink when we asked if it was the newly announced NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC.
The ThinkVision 28 may run Android, but Lenovo will be pitching the device mainly as a 4K display with the added bonus of having Android built in. The display has multiple HDMI inputs, so it could be used as a standard touch-screen display for a PC. Technically, the ThinkVision 28 could be an all-in-one Android PC, but you would need to connect a separate mouse and keyboard; there is no software that would allow pass-through of those peripherals from a connected PC.
Those who purchase the display will have full access to Google Play and all of Google’s Android apps. We spent a few minutes playing with the ThinkVision 28 – slinging some 4K Angry Birds around at some green pigs and taking in Google Maps satellite view of Las Vegas. Lenovo still has some work to do on the performance side, but we have a feeling things will be sorted out once the final Android build is installed and optimized for the Tegra chip.