At the time of this post, there’s no press release I can find from Lenovo, so: Lenovo announces new consumer desktop PCs at CES, including an Android all-in-one
Lenovo’s N308 is an all-in-one PC based on an unnannouced (as of January 3. 2013) Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra processor, which Lenovo described as “higher than” Nvidia’s Tegra 4. It runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2. The computer includes a 19.5-inch TN (twisted nematic) touchscreen with resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels and two touch points; 2GB of DDR3/1600 memory; a 10/100 ethernet port; and a 500GB, 5400 rpm hard drive. The luggable enclosure is 1.3 inches thick, weighs 10.4 pounds, and can run on battery power for up to three hours. The stand adjusts to any angle, including completely flat.
The N308 comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse, but it also has two USB 2.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. Network connectivity is in the form of an integrated dual-band 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi adapter, Bluetooth 4.0, and hard-wired ethernet. The enclosure has built-in stereo speakers, mic and headphone jacks, and a 720p webcam. Prices for the N308 will start at $450 when the machine ships in February.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
Readers will recall this from my post about the HP Slate 21.
I didn’t know at the time it had a TN, and not IPS, screen. That can’t be good, can it?
I’m impressed that — somehow — Lenovo has bumped the processor to a “better than Tegra 4” CPU and also upped the hard drive to 500GBs. But they also reduced the speed of that hard drive from 7200 to 5400 rpm.
But that screen — TN at 1600 by 900 — I can’t get excited by that.
Here are the full specs of the original version Lenovo has been selling in China:
Let’s hope HP brings a Slate 21 2.0 to CES.
Same-day update: As usual, when there is no proper press release from a company, confusion ensues. CNet reports:
It can be configured with up to 2GB of memory, 8GB or 16GB of eMMC storage, and a 320GB or 500GB 5,400rpm hard drive (not something you usually find in tablet of any size).
I know that companies want to hit certain price points, but with retail stores drastically cutting back on what they will carry, I’m beginning to think most companies should just put out one configuration and stick to that.