Jun 24 AT 11:04 AM Nick Sarafolean 9 Comments

HP unleashes 21.5-inch Slate 21 AIO powered by Android

HP Slate 21 AIO

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?

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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  • Stephen Hall

    Terrific idea for business people that present and sell ideas. A niche product, but very valuable to selected users. I’d buy one.

  • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

    For all the complaining Windows 8 gets for building a touch interface onto a desktop, this is far worse.

  • renyo

    So what are the chances Android will end up being a full fledged desktop OS competing with the likes of Windows and Mac OS!

  • SGB101

    I’d seriously be interested in an affordable tablet of this size for my daughter.

    She is 5,and has been the sole user of our ipad2 for 2 years, and every time she sees the windows add, with the girl painting on a large tablet that is positioned on an easel, she asked for it. At £1000 I think not, but £300 to 400, I’d be interested.

    At 21″ it would also make a great bedroom pc and gaming device, paired with a wii, xbox, ps3 (don’t want to cause a war) controller.

    Would be a bit heavy for hand held use but would be great for other stuff.

    • SGB101

      I mentioned great bedroom TV ^ but also pc I suppose, depending on what android 5 brings to the party, or what optimisations hp do.

  • Rising33

    Were going in a different direction here people. See ideas and products like this slate push the bounderies of software innovation and almost lets you peek into the future. I think this form of tech is hitting the market at just the right time and HP is going to benefit very well from this strategicly smart move. I think Android is sophisticated enough to implimented or in desktop like fashion. I like where this is going.

  • Nathan D.

    I would rather get a real computer.

  • donger

    Eh, have to pass.

  • Jamesee1

    Android operating system are now being developed to improvethe battery life. NOw you have the option to kill task and other sorts of things so it may be helpful..