HP Slate 21 AIO brings 21.5-inch Android tablet to your desktop


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It seems the AIO / big tablet market is one of great interest for many PC and device manufacturers. Samsung showed its desires to fill the market last week with the announcement of the Samsung ATIV Q tablet, a 13-inch convertible slate running Windows 8 and Android 4.2 Now, it looks like HP is looking to continue its own line of devices with another desktop-bound AIO.

What you see above is called the HP Slate 21 AIO, a 21.5-inch desktop AIO that’s sleek enough to fold down into a slate if needed. We imagine carrying a 21-inch tablet around isn’t ideal unless you absolutely need it, but its sleek form factor makes that possible.

This could be great for lots of in-the-field applications, though with how much this thing is bound to cost (the price hasn’t been disclosed just yet) I can’t fathom many scenarios where anyone but the richest of folks would risk having this thing battered by the elements of the Earth.

The Slate 21 will sport Tegra 4 internals, which — if you haven’t already seen in various SHIELD videos and showcases — is an absolute beast. It’s coming with Android 4.2.2, which will obviously be augmented by user interface customizations to make the device more practical to use with a mouse and keyboard. Other specs have yet to be detailed but we’ll be looking for those details in the hours to come.

Unfortunately it’s still not clear when we’ll be able to get our grubby little hands on this monster, so for now we’ll just use “at some point throughout 2013” to stay on the safe side. And considering it was announced in Beijing, we’ll say China is the only safe bet in terms of region. What do you think?

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  1. Unfortunately Android is not a desktop os, for this to be practical it would need to run Windows or Linux.

    1. I believe the article said it will run Windows AND Android. That is actually pretty interesting because you can use it as a desktop while running Windows and then use it as a touchscreen when running Android. You get the best of both worlds.

      1. After reading the article, I don’t see any mention of this device running Windows at all.

      2. It’s the samsung ativ q that was mentioned that runs both Windows and android. This HP computer only runs android.

      3. I read it as that too at first. However, the article mentioned that the Samsung Tablet is the one with the dual-booting. This is coming with JB 4.2.2 only.

    2. I use an android stick dual core for a desktop. So far I have been able to do multiple presentations and work on my spreadsheets with little difficulty. As for programming that is a bit of a chore as there are just a few side load apps that can handle the compiling of code. Also website creation is extremely hard unless you can do it all in code.

      But for the most part Android works just fine as a desktop OS.

    3. Actually, I could easily make use of this running only Android. Considering all the alternatives to Office, and the use of the cloud, I have absolutely no need for Windows outside of my primary PC. If the price was right I’d buy an Android PC in a heartbeat.

      1. No. I can’t. I need that Windows side. I can’t use the Office alternatives because of formatting. I get real technical with my stuff. LoL!!

        I have Bluestacks on my computer and sometimes I would leave that up when dual-screening. I try and practice using Android as a desktop, but I just can’t. Though having a Live Wallpaper as your background will look cool.

        It could be because it’s Bluestacks which is still GB and not a lot of things work at their best.

        1. In reality, the only reason the formatting sucks sometimes is because Microsoft intentionally makes it that way. They keep changing the file formats to try to keep folks locked into Office. Unfortunately for them, more and more people and businesses are using older versions of Office, and alternatives like OpenOffice, LibreOffice (the fork), and Google Docs. Unless you are using macros, etc. the formatting will come out just fine. Try it out sometime, as this is NOT 2003, or even 2010 when it comes to compatibility.

          Other than Office, what in the world do you use on your personal PC that cannot be done in an Android environment? Unless you are an avid PC gamer there IS nothing else. Social media, gaming, browsing, photos, movies, music…all of the average consumer’s uses are well represented. With the HP listed above, it has a touchscreen and 4.2.2, so issues you have with ease-of-use and old Android versions would be a non-issue.

          1. StarOffice for life! err… OpenOffice I mean!… err… LibreOffice rather.

          2. Estimating, computer aided design, accounting, desktop publishing are just a few of things a computer is needed for. I’m not paying for a 21″ tablet if it isn’t capable of doing these things, it isn’t going to be worth the price.

          3. Again, I said the AVERAGE CONSUMER on their PERSONAL PC. The average consumer isn’t using their computer for work! They are doing web browsing, Facebook, email, casual gaming, some music and YouTube, and the occasional document. That’s it. They can do those things just as well…if not BETTER…on an Android device than on Windows.

          4. Even if you statement hold true – then why not just use Windows RT 8.1 for this. Supports more hardware, comes with Office and Outlook, and out the the box it can run four apps at a time. The Windows RT foundation is superior. And just like you are saying Android is good enough, why it’s Windows RT 81. good enough – unless you a simply just anti-MS.

          5. Why would someone buy Windows RT when they are already invested in Android? That’s like asking why did people buy VHS when Betamax is technically better. Android works well, it’s cheaper, and people know how to use it. When you say “Windows RT 8.1 supports more hardware” that’s inaccurate anyway, as Microsoft doesn’t sell the licenses separately. Android, however, is free. There is very good reason why Windows RT sales are stagnant, while Android is continuing to conquer new market segments.

            All this being said: Windows RT wasn’t even the topic of discussion, so why did you even bring it up? We were debating the merits of an Android PC versus a Windows PC. With Windows RT being ARM-based it loses almost all advantages that Windows provides over Android.

          6. I’m only invested into the Android hardware, same as owning iPads, just the hardware. We buy everything natural after that (music MP3, Movies, Kindle Books, Amazon loves us) – as much as possible.

            Android works well, has lots of eye-candy, lots of options to tweak, but a bit buggy compared, which increases frustration, but good enough – true. But there is more to be wanted. I want my device to work as intended every single time. iPads do this extremely well, every single time, it just works. I just want more then my iPad offers, USB, HDMI, Mouse and Keyboard support – so on. Everything I have tried on Windows RT seems to follow a tight OS foundation – it just works. However, and we all know this, Android strengths, is also it weakness.

            I only brought it up – as in I would like to see HP offer a RT version of the above hardware. I have a Nexus 4, about to sell it when the HTC One Pure Google every comes out. I don’t hate Android (from version 4 up), but also not blinded by it’s issues.

          7. I’m in school right now and they stay up to date. So that’s the office thing. I was given the 2010 version, so I can’t use alternatives. Formatting is horrible. Oh my gosh!! =.P

            And also I do play me some League of Legends. I just got into it like a week ago. No, I’m not a PC gamer, free-to-plays are good enough for me.

            What I’m thinking is having some desktop and just remoting into my computer when necessary. But the point get’s defeated since this is an AIO Desktop. LoL!!

            I was doing that when I had my Asus Transformer. I’d remote in and do my programming homework while at school. So I STILL needed Windows. *sigh*

            That’s why I’d prefer dual-booting. If I can dual-boot then I’d run Android as my main and Windows for those times I need to.

          8. That’s why I said for me this would be outside of my primary PC. I use my main PC for work purposes, but my other computers are just used for “play”. I could easily replace them with something like this, and gain functionality, ease of use, and use less power….not to mention save money on software since they’d all use the same Google account. All this needs is more storage since the price will be right (other websites with the full press release are reporting 8GB of storage with SD expansion and a $399 price point.)

  2. i would buy this if itwas dual booted windows and android

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