As I struggle to lift my jaw back up off of the floor, I’m still in shock at this latest creation from HP. During their HP World Tour event in Beijing, HP saw fit to release the Slate 21 AIO, a 21.5-inch all-in-one that’s essentially a massive Android tablet. Your eyes didn’t deceive you; it is indeed 21.5 inches of touchable IPS display.
Judging by the design of the ‘tablet,’ it’s not meant to be all that portable. Rather this device is intended to take a spot on your desk and replace your traditional desktop computer. From what we know so far, it seems like the Slate 21 will be pretty well spec’d with a Tegra 4 processor, full SD card slot, three USB ports, Ethernet port, and 170 degree viewing angles on the screen. On the software side, the Slate 21 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which appears to be mostly stock with a few icon tweaks and extra apps included.
The back of the Slate 21 features an adjustable kickstand to allow easy access into different positions for multiple uses. But it should be noted that the kickstand can fold flat to allow the Slate 21 to act as a massive tablet. In the pictures HP provided, the Slate 21 is hooked up to both a mouse and keyboard. Again, this shows that HP wants it to take the place of your desktop. But if you want it, there’s no word on pricing or release details yet. We’ve seen Acer try a similar route, and now we’ll have to wait and see if HP fares any better. An Android desktop could work for people who aren’t too keen on the nuances of Windows but still want a desktop-like device.
We’re interested to know: What do you guys think of the Slate 21? How about the idea of an Android desktop in general?