Jan 08 AT 12:53 PM Nick Gray 6 Comments

Hands-on with the Lenovo ThinkVision 28 – because we all need Angry Birds in 4K

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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.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • Christian

    Amazing!!! Can’t wait to have one on my lap, playing the Birds on the sofa :-)

  • Chuxter

    This is a pretty great monitor, but I’d rather have one WITHOUT speakers. You’re not going to be lugging this thing around, it’s a desktop device, and I’d prefer to connect high end speakers and subwoofer. Knock down the price and keep your speakers to yourself Lenovo.

    • H3X0

      Omitting the speakers would only cut production costs by a tiny amount, and that wouldn’t necessarily translate to a lower MSRP. A built-in speaker is pretty much standard on Android devices. This is designed for home or office use, and in an office setting, the built-in speakers would more than suffice.
      I’m not saying you shouldn’t use high-end speakers, because if I had one of these displays, I’d use good quality speakers and a sub as well. I’m just saying that a significant number of users would be pretty annoyed by a lack of internal speakers.

      TL;DR: Use the audio jack on the back :P

  • Wesley

    This is beautiful. I wish my monitor had Android and a touch screen built in now. I’ll be looking for something like this in the future.

  • Doogie

    May not be a 4k monitor, but check out the HP Slate 21. At $400 you get Android running on a 21″ touchscreen, includes keyboard and mouse. Love mine.

  • donger
  1. ChristianGuest 1 year ago

    Amazing!!! Can’t wait to have one on my lap, playing the Birds on the sofa :-)

  2. This is a pretty great monitor, but I’d rather have one WITHOUT speakers. You’re not going to be lugging this thing around, it’s a desktop device, and I’d prefer to connect high end speakers and subwoofer. Knock down the price and keep your speakers to yourself Lenovo.

    • H3X0Guest 1 year ago

      Omitting the speakers would only cut production costs by a tiny amount, and that wouldn’t necessarily translate to a lower MSRP. A built-in speaker is pretty much standard on Android devices. This is designed for home or office use, and in an office setting, the built-in speakers would more than suffice.
      I’m not saying you shouldn’t use high-end speakers, because if I had one of these displays, I’d use good quality speakers and a sub as well. I’m just saying that a significant number of users would be pretty annoyed by a lack of internal speakers.

      TL;DR: Use the audio jack on the back :P

  3. This is beautiful. I wish my monitor had Android and a touch screen built in now. I’ll be looking for something like this in the future.

  4. DoogieGuest 1 year ago

    May not be a 4k monitor, but check out the HP Slate 21. At $400 you get Android running on a 21″ touchscreen, includes keyboard and mouse. Love mine.