HP announces Android-powered Slate 21 Pro
Just ahead of the official start of CES 2014, HP has now unveiled the HP Slate 21 Pro, a business-oriented update to the original Slate 21.
The HP Slate 21 Pro is still powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, and features a 21.5-inch 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 3 USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 720p webcam, stereo speakers, and an SD card. There’s also Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with pre-loaded software such as King Office, Citrix XenMobile and Receiver support, and HP MyRoom for video conferencing.
The biggest change in the Pro model over the original is that you can actually use it as a monitor for your traditional PC. There’s also a USB 2.0 upstream port, making it possible to use the touchscreen with your Linux/Windows machine.
The biggest change in the Pro model over the original is that you can actually use it as a monitor for your traditional PC.
Now it might seem odd to think of an Android all-in-one as a business machine, but remember that not all businesses have power-user needs. The Slate 21 Pro could be the perfect tool for those that need a basic kiosk, library workstation, for educational purposes and the list goes on.
This is especially true when you consider that it also has the ability to work as a standard monitor.
So how much will the HP Slate 21 Pro set you back? The Slate 21 Pro is expected to go on sale in the United States immediately priced at $399. Honestly this isn’t that bad of a price for a touchscreen monitor, and the added bonus of Android could come in handy for those times when you’re just looking to casually play some games or check in with your favorite social networks.
The HP Slate 21 Pro might not be for everyone, but it does seem that quite a few manufacturers are interested in pushing Android into the desktop realm. What do you think, like the idea of an Android-powered computer or do you feel that Google’s mobile OS is best left on mobile devices and set-top boxes?
LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Jan 6, 2014) – HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced sleek, powerful and space-saving all-in-one (AiO) PCs, including the company’s first built-for-business Android™ AiO.
Today’s evolving workforce is driven by employees seeking technology that allows them to stay connected to everything that matters. Whether checking work email or browsing Facebook, they demand an experience that is intuitive and simple to use.
HP’s sleek, stylish portfolio of business AiO desktops has been enhanced with Android business apps,(1) efficient manageability tools and new security advancements that allow users to connect all of their information seamlessly without sacrificing business productivity.
The HP Slate21 Pro AiO, HP’s first commercial Android AiO, offers seamless integration with Android-based phones and tablets with autosyncing and Google Cloud Services™. It also provides access to efficient manageability tools, security enhancements and apps available through the Google Play™(1) app store.
HP Slate21 Pro All-in-One: Plug in, turn on — and get down to business
The Android-powered HP Slate21 Pro AiO is designed for productivity in office, education and kiosk environments. It features a 21.5-inch diagonal Full HD(3) IPS touch screen with wide 178-degree viewing angles, plus a comfortable and intuitive Android touch experience. Its stand design allows up to 70 degrees of adjustable recline and optional VESA mounting, making it flexible enough for a variety of work environments. The HP Slate21 Pro also packs the performance of Android 4.3, an NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 quad-core processor, 8.11 a/b/g/n dual band wireless,(4) Bluetooth® 4.0, integrated high-definition (HD) webcam and access to more than 1 million apps on Google Play,(1) providing the power business users need to keep moving forward.
The HP Slate21 Pro AiO delivers robust, familiar productivity with local and cloud-based productivity apps like Kingsoft Office Suite, Google Docs™, Google Drive™ and 50 GB of Box(5) cloud storage at no additional cost. Certified Citrix ready and HDX verified, the business Android AiO also delivers a virtual workspace with secure data and Windows application support via Citrix Receiver,(6) allowing users to access apps without compromising security. Users also can toggle easily between the Android environment and content displayed from a Windows PC.
Plus, by using restricted profiles that are part of the security enhancements for Android, employees can further protect business data. Managing users and devices becomes simple and scalable with pre-installed Citrix XenMobile,(7) which allows companies to manage apps and secure the HP Slate21 within a corporate environment.
Pricing and availability
The HP Slate21 Pro AiO is now available in the United States with a starting price of $399, including keyboard and mouse.