We heard just recently that ViewSonic was launching a 22" tablet/display running Android. Today, we get a look at this display. We've also learned that it's running a dual-core TI-OMAP processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.0, and a 1920x1080 display underneath the gargantuan screen. The demo seems to be targeted at being used in a classroom setting, with plenty of child-friendly apps and videos, but that's just bundled software. The display, which starts at $479, could be used by any budget-conscious consumer that wants to try using Android instead of Windows as their primary OS for a shared family device.

While it feels just a tad unnatural to see Android on a device of this size, the SmartDisplay seemed pretty snappy. The OMAP processor didn't seem to have any trouble keeping up with the 1080p display. It also comes with a couple of USB ports and an HDMI output, so the hardware is pretty respectable and allows for plenty of options for the consumer to set up a workflow or demo display however they would like.

No word yet on when this display will become available, or even if it will end up in stores. The ASUS rep pitched the display as being most relevant to businesses and organizations, mentioning at one point that it would be great for demoing products at a fashion store as an example. If the company doesn't create or bundle at least a few media or productivity apps, it might be difficult to pitch to average consumers.

What about you? Would you want to use a 22" touchscreen Android device as your primary all-in-one computer?

Source: Engadget

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • Hank Greer

    I would especially if it is WiFi capable. I would have a mount for it in my kids' room. I'd allow them to play their android games/activities and I'd be able to stream Amazon Prime media to it for them too. Nice!

    • Kevin Kintner

      My thoughts exactly.

  • Jeff B

    Why do you mention an asus rep?

    • Arsalan Afzal

      Probably means Viewsonic rep. Has this article mixed up with the asus dual os tablet one.

  • Justin Bennett

    if it had an hdmi in port, so i could use it as a pc monitor at the same time, i would be all over that.

    • David Yost

      Didn't that rep say that it had HDMI in so you could use it for PC's as well and switch between the two?

      • Justin Bennett

        i would love it if it did! i haven't done any research on it, so i have no real idea.

  • Dan

    At 0:50 he says "hdmi output", but he goes on to say "so you can connect to the PC through the HDMI".  It seems pretty obvious that he meant to say "hdmi input".  So, it's a 22", 1920x1080 display that also runs ICS.  Pretty cool.

    Too bad they had to pull a typical Viewsonic move and put the HDMI port in a freakin' STUPID place.  I don't want to see an HDMI cable sticking out the side of my monitor.

    • GigiAUT

      Where else were they supposed to put it? On top? Underneath? There's no way it's  going in the back. That would just ruin the flat form factor.

  • http://twitter.com/chrisfl1963 Chris Taylor

    Now just get  ViewSonic to give one away to your followers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/geoff.baysinger Geoff Baysinger

    I see a lot of people saying they don't "get" these new larger Android tablets. 

    Has no one made the connection? Apple is building a TV set. These manufacturers just beat them to it. 

    The next war is on the living room floor, and it is most definitely an extension of the tablet war. 

    • Zerounodos

      Yeah, we can't let the fruit win!

  • guest

    since when ASUS has anything to do with viewsonic? "asus" rep?

  • Sileem

    I would love to use this in my D&D sessions

  • http://profiles.google.com/4dthink 4DThinker .blogspot.com

    With Win8 coming soon, and this can be used as a touchscreen monitor. It may be an easy way to update a current PC for win8, that also throws in Android ICS as a bonus.

  • revs

    perfect for Live Touch XJ dj App for Android !!

    • Mike

      Hi mike wuold like to try it with live touch .... I think it's amazing