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HP Intros Tegra 4-Powered Slate 21 Desktop Computer, Priced at $399

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This afternoon, HP announced the Slate 21 all-in-one desktop computer. This isn’t some usual desktop PC though. What makes the Slate 21 unique is that it is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor, as well as featuring Android 4.2.2 as its operating system. Based on Google’s app services, users have access to all of Android’s apps, as well as a few specially designed apps from HP that make it more of a “computer” in that sense. 

The HP Slate21 All-in-One expands upon HP’s portfolio of multi-OS products and is ideal for family activities, providing easy access to entertainment and productivity features, plus fun Android apps. Through Google Services, customers can reach shared content such as calendars, email, notes and documents, which can be created with the built-in productivity apps; users can also print wirelessly from anywhere in the house, organize content, and connect to other devices.

The Slate 21 will go on sale starting in September for just $399, which is sort of intriguing, sporting a 21.5″ Full HD touchscreen display, DTS sound, multi-user support (thanks to Android), and a built-in HP webcam. Plus, as shown in that picture, it has full keyboard and mouse support.

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PALO ALTO, Calif., June 24, 2013 – HP today unveiled the HP Slate21 All-in-One, the company’s first All-in-One PC built with the AndroidTM 4.2 operating system. The HP Slate21 All-in-One enables families to enjoy cloud-based entertainment features such as TV streaming and Android apps.

The HP Slate21 All-in-One expands upon HP’s portfolio of multi-OS products and is ideal for family activities, providing easy access to entertainment and productivity features, plus fun Android apps. Through Google Services, customers can reach shared content such as calendars, email, notes and documents, which can be created with the built-in productivity apps; users can also print wirelessly from anywhere in the house, organize content, and connect to other devices.

“Customers are looking for technology that simplifies their lives while keeping them connected to the entertainment they enjoy and the content they need,” said Jun Kim, vice president and general manager, PC Displays and Accessories, HP. “The HP Slate21 allows families to easily access content through the cloud and enjoy it together on a large, interactive screen.”

Full HD touchscreen, high-quality graphics, and sound improve user experience

To further enhance productivity and entertainment, the Slate21 All-in-One offers a 21.5-inch Full HD (2) diagonal reclining IPS touchscreen with wide-viewing angles for vivid graphics and better shared viewing. With dual-band technology, users can stream music or movies and browse the web (3) at the same time, and built-in DTS Sound technology offers a rich concert-like experience. It comes pre-installed with an HP TrueVision HD Webcam and Wireless Direct (4) which enables users to share videos, photos and data between devices without the need for a network connection, and multi-user support with the latest Android OS Jelly Bean 4.2. Additionally, it offers speed and performance with a powerful Tegra 4 quad-core NVIDIA processor, as well as an intuitive optical touchscreen with true pinch and zoom functionality.

The HP Slate21 All-in-One is expected to be available in the U.S. in September, with a starting price of $399 (5) Additional information about the HP Slate21 All-in-One is available on The Next Bench.

  • imtoomuch

    Do want!

  • ddh819

    staples was clearancing the dell inspiron one 23″ touchscreen Win 8 AIO for 425 recently. even if you can’t get that now, you may be able to get a similar deal later this year. you could probably run bluestacks on that for android apps and still have a full windows machine.

    i do wonder if this hp machine will have an hdmi or vga input

  • Raven

    Gahhh, so much white. Is that an Apple logo on there?

  • fritzo2162

    Interesting. I wonder how Google feels about this since it’s more capable than the Chromebook since it can use Play store apps 🙂

  • Mark Schleupner

    I have the Droid Bionic and the Lapdock accessory. This is essentially the same thing, but with a bigger screen with touch capabilities added. Netflix and other videos look great on it. When I add a mouse to the lapdock, it’s like using a PC in a way. The scroll button on the mouse scrolls Facebook just like my PC does. I guess it depends on what you want to use it for. If you want to use it for web browsing, games and watching videos it looks like a great deal. Compare this to the similar Windows 8 models with AMD E1 and E2 processors which can’t even run flash games with any speed. With a Tegra 4 chip and a very reasonable price, these things will really sell!

  • Jose Garcia

    Dont really need this, but at this price this is a impulse buy.

  • Stew

    It’s funny that you put “thanks to Android” in parentheses next to multi-user support. As if Windows hasn’t had multi-user support for years.

  • jgnex

    This is going to be great for the kids.

  • Jared Tau

    Would products like these render Chrome OS obsolete?

    • Alex Murphy

      Nah, different OS type entirely. I could see dual-booting eventually.

      • Jared Tau

        But why would anyone choose Chrome OS over Android for their device?

  • I’m interested if the screen is any good.

  • Tyler Durden

    If anything it’s a good little HD movie machine.

  • Aaron

    Initial thought: “is there even a market for this thing?”

    *notices price*

    “Well that answers that question…”

  • jeff3yan

    From the picture I thought this was the Galaxy Note 3 announcement.

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  • BrianCherry

    This would be great if Android could support Multi-windows and be able to run more than one app at the same time on the screen. This is why I always end up just returning back to my desktop, and making me want to ditch my Nexus 10 for an laptop that ill be able to also upgrade.

  • poop

    It’s good, but I don’t think it’s worth the $399 when you can definitely get a better device, such as an actual PC (a Windows one, specifically). And personally, I’d like to see the actual specs (especially including storage space and exact clock speed; with Tegra 4, I know it’s promising, but I just want to be sure). Interesting device so far, though. I’ll be following this.

    • oldman_60

      How comes HP is not selling such a device with Windows if it is definitively better? I am not sure you can find a windows 21¨ touch screen device with Tegra 4 for this price. Moreover Window RT devices do not have applications. With this device, you can run ALL IN ONE which mean productivity and entertainment. There is no Windows device that is better as far as I can look for. Could you tell me where I can buy a definitively better Windows device with such applications portfolio and at this price?

  • mofoliar

    want 1 fo sho.. where do i sign!

  • Jaemo X

    I think I will be getting one of these, unless I find something better..

    • michael arazan

      Samsung Ativ Q, runs Android and Windows, is a laptop and a an android tablet, plus it’s portable, and you can hook up the dock to a monitor to use windows also, problem is it might resale for $1200-1800

  • SpankBankz

    You had my curiosity….now you have my attention.

  • Sjschwar

    Does this thing have a battery?

    • Ian


      • Sjschwar

        so when i want to have this thing on my lap while i’m sitting on the couch, it has to be plugged in?

        • Ian

          Correct. You don’t usually put a desktop device on your lap on the couch.

  • mrbirdman

    Price is cool. but android on a desktop sounds terrible. the ecosystem really isn’t set up for this, I’d rather have chromeOS or windows rt.

    • watchesbaseball

      this could be just the beginning. and seriously, you’d rather have chromeOS than Android?

      • mrbirdman

        yeah seriously. Until google has android optimized for desktop support its going to be half-baked. Remember gingerbread tablets? bleh. It could be the future, but i’m not going to spend money on the first of anything like this.

        i’d rather have a full fledged web browser, where i have access to all of my services than apps that are optimized for touch rather than mouse and keyboard.

        • Blue Sun

          All you needed to say was “Remember apps on the Xoom running Honeycomb the first 6-9 months after release?”

          • mrbirdman

            hahaha this

          • Blue Sun

            I totally agree with you mrbirdman. It will take time for things to catch up. Look at where we are today (re: tablets), 2.5 years after Honeycomb’s release. I am interested, the price is right. I just think I will sit back & let others be the pipe cleaner on this one. I’m still recovering from my Motorola/Verizon Xoom debacle.

  • ahhh yes

    wow great starting price HP….very interested.

  • Bionic

    Not bad, obviously trying to compete with surface. Im not a huge fan of Tegra chips over Snapdragon though.

    • hkklife

      A shame they didn’t overclock this thing like crazy to give it a little more oomph, seeing as how cooling and battery life concerns aren’t present in this situation.

    • j__h

      For this application Tegra wins

    • Joe

      This is no comparison with the surface…mobile chip vs. Intel isn’t comparable.

      • Alex Murphy

        I guess everyone’s already forgotten about the Surface RT

    • oldman_60

      Surface RT? where are the applications or services that make surface RT competitive? Google + HP apps will make this Slate 21 a very competitive device for both productivity and entertainment ( all in one) replacing home PC.

  • Boston

    IM in

  • Rabid Rotty

    Would be better if it was pure Android.

    • brandon

      I love stock android but it is not optimized for mouse and keyboard support, so I don’t think it would work to well

      • Rabid Rotty

        I use mouse and keyboard with no hitches on my nexus 10 and 7

      • Blue Sun

        I use bluetooth keyboard seamlessly with very little set up without any issue at all. I have not attempted a mouse though.

        • Alucard291

          Mouse works alright. Sensitivity options et al. Even extra buttons are supported and so on.

      • Jon

        Have you tried a Mouse and Keyboard on Android? Cause it’s definitely supported. Works quite well actually. Makes many things easier, while leaving many things still better to do on touch screen, like games that require multiple touches. But that doesn’t take away from the apps that work great using the mouse and keyboard. And this thing is still touch capable…so there is choice.

        I could totally see this as a problem free computer for my parents. It’s way easier to teach them to use apps on Android than on Windows.