Updated with video
In the past year or so we’ve seen quite a few PC manufacturers experiment with putting Android onto all-in-one computers, generally with mixed results at best. As Windows struggles to stop the PC market’s slow decline however, it looks like we are destined to see many more devices that attempt to bring Google’s mobile OS to the desktop.
Just ahead of the official start of CES, Lenovo has now announced it is jumping into the Android computer game with two new all-in-one devices of its own: the Lenovo N308 All-in-one and the ThinkVision 28 smart monitor.
The former of these is really just your typical Android all-in-one computer — it’s based on a Tegra 4 quad-core CPU and it has 2GB of RAM. Aside from this, there’s a 19.5-inch touch-screen with a resolution of 1600 x 900, two USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, 720p web cam, a built-in mic, stereo speakers, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and storage configurations that include 8GB or 16GB eMMC storage, or a 320 or 500GB HDD. There’s also Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The 10-pound all-in-one can even be moved around without powering down, as its internal battery is capable of about three to four hours of use before charging. The N380 is priced at just $450 and is expected to go on sale in February.
Even more interesting is the ThinkVision 28 touch-screen smart monitor, with its impressive 28-inch screen with a 3804 x 2160 resolution (4K). As you might have guessed by the “smart” part, the monitor also works as an Android device of sorts, with an Nvidia Tegra CPU, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage, microSD and Android 4.4 KitKat.
Lenovo is carefully billing this is a standard PC monitor that just happens to also have Android, and that means they expect folks to still hook it up to a traditional PC. The idea is that the Android side could be useful for those that want to use Android for more casual purposes, and the actual PC could be utilized for business and/or hardocre gaming.
As you can imagine, a 4K Android device isn’t going to come cheap. The ThinkVision is priced at $1,199 and is expected to arrive in July of 2014.
Although the Lenovo N308 isn’t too different than the other Android all-in-ones we’ve already seen, the ThinkVision certainly manages to stand out from the pack, and we look forward to hopefully learning more about it as CES progresses.
What do you think of Lenovo’s new Android all-in-one and smart monitor? Does Android belong in the desktop world, or do you still feel that it’s best left on smartphones and tablets?
Editors note – hands on video coming soon, stay tuned to our CES 2014 coverage! Let us know what you want us to look for!
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Damn dem Android apps will look ugly on that 28″ 4K screen!
Calm down. You ain’t seen nothing yet!! Android will be in your lunch box too….soon ;)
4k or not, Android apps will look ugly on a 28″ screen xD
I wish Google would not license android to all companies and focus on making products (at the same level of quality as the nexus) like a 4k Android Smart monitor.
This thing is crazy.
as a professional graphic designer who will likely drop $1000 on a baller monitor anyway, this appeals to me in a big way. I hope it’s actually a good panel that suits my needs on the business side.
I think Android on Desktop would be awesome as soon as it gets backing from Google itself, and not just the manufacturers.
Middle finger to Windows…love Lenovo.
Android 4.4 onboard. Any miracast support ?
So you could mirror your monitor on a different monitor ?
Did any one see the verge piece on the webOS desktop interface that never made it out of HP? I think it looked pretty good, amd very unique. I’d love to see google do something similar to android for desktop use!
Seems plausible to me since they picked up some of that team, and with Google’s resources they could make it better. Theirs the demand for andrpid on the desktop but I don’t think it works in its current form
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