Android has long been a staple of smartphones and tablets. Now, it's starting to infiltrate the desktop. AOC has uncorked a couple of affordable all-in-one systems that run the mobile OS. The machines have all the touchscreen goodness one might expect from Android-based devices, plus enough USB ports to connect a keyboard and mouse. They also sport HDMI inputs, allowing signals from other systems to be fed to the display.
There's no mention of battery life in the press release or product pages, so don't expect tether-free operation. Don't look for cutting-edge hardware, either. Both machines use a quad-core Nvidia T33 SoC from the Tegra 3 generation. They have 2GB of RAM and are limited to just 8GB of flash storage. Even the Android 4.2 operating system is dated; that version was release way back in November 2012.
Fortunately, the onboard flash can be expanded via an SD card slot. The four USB 2.0 ports provide plenty of options for secondary storage, too. Additional devices can be connected via Bluetooth. You also get a 720p webcam and 802.11n Wi-Fi support.
Users can choose between 22" and 24" models, both of which employ IPS panels with 1080p display resolutions. The 22" version is set to sell for $299.99, while its 24" sibling is priced at $399.99. Those prices are pretty low, at least compared to all-in-one machines running Windows 8. Still, it's hard to get excited about a last-gen tablet platform stuffed into an desktop machine. These systems would be a lot more interesting if they had faster SoCs, more onboard storage, and a more recent version of Android. Perhaps that rumored 14" HP Android laptop will have a more sensible hardware and software configuration.