Android 4.0 tablet gets supersized to 21.5 inches

An Android "tablet" from a Japanese company does not compromise on screen size -- though portability is certainly sacrificed.

Kouziro 21.5-inch Android 'tablet.'
Kouziro 21.5-inch Android 'tablet.' Kouziro

Calling it a tablet may be a bit of a stretch, but that's the ad copy a Japanese company is using on a new 21.5-inch Android device.

"A 21.5-inch Android tablet comes to market!" -- is how Japan-based Kouziro is advertising a new touch panel display that runs Android 4.0 on top of a Texas Instruments OMAP dual-core 1GHZ processor.

The "Frontier" branded FT103 sports a 21.5-inch 1,920x1,080 touch display, 1GB of memory, 8GB of storage, webcam, Wi-Fi, and HDMI, microUSB, and microSD ports.

With the exception of the supersized screen, that's not unlike the features you might find on an Android tablet.

Kouziro

And Kouziro is marketing it as a tablet -- for watching movies, scanning news sites, and playing games.

It will go on sale in July for 34,800 yen or about $439.

In Japanese households, all-in-one PCs with large-screen integrated touch displays are common.

All-in-one PCs with touch screens marketed in the U.S. by Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Samsung have a growing presence at big box retailers like Best Buy.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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