HP unveils 21.5'' all-in-one PC powered by Android

Wow, weird. Mere months after the release of its first Android tablet, HP is so overcome with enthusiasm for Google's platform that it's bringing it to the desktop. As CNet News reports, the company took the wraps off a 21.5" all-in-one PC/tablet hybrid at its World Tour event in Beijing, China.

The system is dubbed the HP Slate 21, and it's powered by Nvidia's Tegra 4 system-on-a-chip. Unlike that weird Asus all-in-one we saw in March, there doesn't seem to be an auxiliary x86 processor with an installation of Windows lurking under the hood. The Slate 21 is an all-Android deal. At least it looks presentable, though. The pictures snagged by CNet News show a machine clad in white and shaped like the lovechild of Apple's G5 iMac and... a regular-sized Android slate.

Few details are public yet, except for the fact that the Slate 21 "can be propped up with a kickstand on the back." I assume that means you can also use the system as a tablet—although, given the size, I'm not sure why you'd want to. Oh, and a press release translated by Engadget mentions the Android version number (4.2.2), the presence of an IPS display panel, and the purportedly "excellent multi-tasking performance."

Yeah, I'm sure the multitasking performance is terrific. I'm still not gonna buy one, though. Guys: just because people are buying tablets instead of PCs doesn't mean they want their PCs to become tablets.

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