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HP has ventured into the all-in-one PC market before with its line of Envy TouchSmart devices, but now looks to offer consumers a lower-priced model running Android. Announced at HP World Tour in Beijing, the Slate 21 is expected to launch in the U.S. in September. While specs are scarce at the moment, what we do know is that it will be running the latest NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor.
Screen resolution will be full HD, and because of its IPS display, HP claims wide viewing angles. Unlike many devices which launch running an older version of Android, the Slate 21 will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Dual-band WiFi ensures a solid internet connection wherever you decide to setup in your home, and built-in DTS Sound technology claims a “rich concert-like experience”.
For users who take part in Skype video chats or Google+ hangouts for example, the all-in-one PC has a built-in HD webcam. Borrowing its Wireless Direct feature from printers, HP will enable the sharing of multimedia with supported devices. A kickstand will allow you to angle the Slate up to 30 degrees. As far as cost, it will start at just $399 for U.S. customers. That price point is particularly surprising, especially when you consider most high-end 10-inch Android tablets struggle to come in at under $400.
All-in-one PCs, first popularized by the iMac, have gained traction over the years. The Slate 21 stands to gain market share among similar devices running Windows 8. While Windows 8 offers a truly touchscreen experience, Android has always been designed for touchscreens. Add to its popularity, and the fact that HP’s all-in-one solution is significantly cheaper than Windows’ counterparts, you start seeing a nice alternative for users who don’t want to break the bank.
Since this version is designed for desktop use, we don’t recommend lugging it around like its thinner friends. For artists, there is a chance for fluid drawing with a pen, but that has yet to be confirmed.