With the recent flood of products that are equipped with 4-inch, 5-inch, and even 6-inch screens in the Android device market, it’s pretty clear what direction the consumer electronics world is headed. Bigger most assuredly means better now, and so the introduction of smartphones and tablets with larger displays makes perfect sense. But what would you say about a 24-inch Android-powered tablet? Right? How can anyone say no to that?
Believe it or not, that 24-inch Android tablet actually exists. Granted, it’s not here yet, but soon it will be. It’s called the ViewSonic VSD240 smart display, and it has just been announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s a follow-up to last year’s ViewSonic VSD220. This year’s VSD240 ups the screen size from just 22-inches to a full 24.
Hardware-wise, it’s quite impressive, featuring a 24-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD touchscreen display, a 1.7GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, HDMI-out, built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an Ethernet port, a webcam, and an SD card reader. It also comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean pre-installed, which is what makes it suitable for use as an oversized Android tablet in the first place.
ViewSonic aims to convince the world that it has created more than just another supersized Android tablet. The ViewSonic VSD240 is billed as a powerful Android-powered smart display that’s capable of giving some all-in-one PC models a run for their money. It’s set to arrive in North America some time in April of 2013 with a $499 price tag.
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Would be nice if (and it might but doesn’t say in the article) have any inputs so you can hook a laptop or workstation into it and allowing other touchscreen OS’s like Windows 8 or the upcoming Ubuntu phone. Then it would be worth $500 easily.
Great idea! It does have HDMI input, so that could work. Of course, the moment you connect a handheld device to it, the handheld device’s OS is going to take over if it’s at all possible.