Electronics manufacturer Lenovo has recently paired Google’s Android OS with their latest 19.5-inch all-in-one PC as well as their 28-inch 4K resolution smart monitor.
Lenovo’s 4K ThinkVision 28 monitor is the first such device to be made available with the Android OS and the all-in-one N308 PC provides an industry alternative to a Windows-based PC. Lenovo thinks that many people are familiar with the Android OS on their mobile devices and they’d like to bring that familiarity to the desktops. The Android OS offers the ability to share data among devices and has the capability to run apps and games.
Lenovo’s executive director of marketing, Nick Reynolds, says that Android is designed for accessing online storage, the viewing and sharing of entertainment, and having the ability to access many other applications. Reynolds stated that he thinks everyone is finding out they’ve had an explosive increase in the amount of their personal digital content. He thinks that the massive amount of content changes the way they use their traditional desktop PCs as people look for a more convenient way of managing and storing it.
Lenovo insists that their professional ThinkVision 28 is first a 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel resolution) monitor, but the Android features can be used when they are needed. The ThinkVision 28 includes five USB 3.0 ports, Ethernet port, audio ports, microSD slot, one Displayport and three HDMI ports. The processor is a Nvidia Tegra processor which allows one to access games from Nvidia’s TegraZone service. It monitor has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage with Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC support. The ThinkVision 28 also supports 10-point multi-touch unlike other 4K displays.
The Android operating system will come preloaded with some popular base apps, but nearly and endless supply of other apps can be installed as well. The device also allows the wireless access and sharing of data from other Android tablets and smartphones.
Along with Lenovo’s 4K monitor, the N308 all-in-one PC is also being pitched as a super-sized Android tablet. The N308 runs Android version 4.2 and directly competes with the Windows 8.1 driven all-in-one PCs. The over-sized tablet has a resolution of 1600 x 900 pixels displayed on a 19.5-inch touchscreen.
Reynolds said that Lenovo sees this as a very affordable all-in-one PC and it’s quite different that what one would expect in the more traditional all-in-one. He said that the N308 is great for people who want to use familiar apps from their smartphones and at the same time they can also surf the web. It is meant to be moved around a user’s house like a very large over-sized tablet.
The N308 uses a Tegra 4 quad-core processor, has a built in webcam, and includes 500 GB of onboard storage. The Lenovo models sold in North America will have an integrated battery, but the battery will be optional when sold in other countries.
Shipping of Lenovo’s Android driven ThinkVision 4K monitors will begin in July 2014 and expected to launch with a price of $999. The N308 is expected to be launched possibly as early as February with a $450 price tag.
By Brent Matsalla