Oh, come on now. Does anybody really need a grossly super-sized tablet? Apparently ViewSonic seems to think so. At Computex 2012, the maker unveiled its latest — a monster 21.5-inch tablet.
ViewSonic had been promising (threatening?) to come out with a massive tablet, and the Android Smart Display seems to be just that. It boasts a 1920 x 1080 HD anti-glare display and a 1 GHz TI OMAP 4428 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, with 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM. The tablet was designed to stand up on a desk all on its own — of course it can, who’d try to pick up and carry around this kooky thing? — which begs the question, wouldn’t that make it more of a desktop computer? Well, okay — except that it’s a multitouch device running Ice Cream Sandwich. This thingamajig also has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth v2.1, as well as a front 1.2 MP HD camera, an HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports, a micro SD slot (up to 32 GB of storage) and a headphone jack.
The enormous Android tablet’s not alone, though. ViewSonic also had a 22-inch Windows 8 Touch Display on hand too.
I though this was just a publicity stunt or one of those huge digital signage situations. Not so. This guy seems to be heading for the consumer market with a consumer-friendly price to match: The Android tablet will cost $479. Interestingly, that’s $20 cheaper than a base model new iPad. (The specs may be average, but considering the sheer screen size, you’d figure it would be much more expensive, no?) No info on pricing or availability yet for the Windows 8 model. For the hands-on, hit up the source link.
The fuzzy line between tablet and computer just got even fuzzier… then completely got blown to smithereens with this.
What do you think such a mammoth tablet could possibly be used for? Any ideas?