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Lenovo Introduces Its First Android PC

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

This is Lenovo's first Android desktop computer.

During CES 2014, Lenovo introduced its very first Android home computer, the Lenovo N308. The company boasts that this all-in-one PC makes for an ideal companion for enjoying media and accessing apps.

"Easily move this 1.3-in thin AIO around the home or office as a super-sized tablet with its full-size keyboard and mouse and up to three hours of battery life4 with its integrated battery," reads the company's announcement." Additionally, users can adjust the N308's stand to lay the device flat for an easier angle to navigate the touchscreen and even play games."

The specs reveal that the Android computer has a 19.5-inch LED-lit screen with a two-point touch input and a 1600 x 900 resolution. Backing this screen is Nvidia's Tegra processor (Lenovo did not clarify which generation), up to 2 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and a battery lasting three hours on a single charge. An adjustable kick-stand allows the device to lay completely flat like an oversized tablet.

On the storage front, customers can choose between a 320 GB or 500 GB 5400 RPM hard drive and an 8 GB or 16 GB SSD for fast boot. Other features include built-in stereo speakers, two USB 2.0 ports, a 6-in-1 card reader, dual-band Wireless N and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 720p webcam, and an Ethernet port. There's even a light sensor and a G-sensor. 

"Lenovo N308 Android Home Computer is a perfect balance of desktop PC performance and the simplicity of a tablet," reads Lenovo's spec sheet. "Users can easily sync apps and data across Android devices, and also enjoy all their favorite apps on a large 19.5-in HD+ touchscreen, with plenty of storage for multimedia."

The desktop arrives this February in both black and white options with a starting price of $450 USD.

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    gudomlig , January 5, 2014 4:41 PM
    where is the market for this? battery life sucks, even a tegra 4 chipset is much slower than a comparably priced laptop with a core i3...i really don't see the point at all. why not just call it a 19" tablet, cause that's what it is.
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    esco_sid , January 5, 2014 5:00 PM
    it seems my nexus 7(new) outspecs this thing in everyway except screen size and costs a lot less and 3 hour battery ?? in my opinion this thing is useless you can get a decent laptop for $450 that can do 10x more things.
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    usertests , January 5, 2014 5:05 PM
    19.5" screen, and it's not 1080p? 2 GB of RAM? Most smartphones aren't 1080p or have 3 GB of RAM yet. This device is a gigantic smartphone. Has anyone thrown more resources at Android, or is there no point?
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    infernocy , January 5, 2014 5:08 PM
    since bluestacks exists what is the use of this ? just buy a laptop for that price that will be way more effective and put bluestacks on it ....
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    ingtar33 , January 5, 2014 5:49 PM
    Don't see how this is better then a chromebook
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    g-unit1111 , January 5, 2014 6:00 PM
    Quote:
    where is the market for this? battery life sucks, even a tegra 4 chipset is much slower than a comparably priced laptop with a core i3...i really don't see the point at all. why not just call it a 19" tablet, cause that's what it is.


    This is a desktop, not a laptop. But I do agree that I don't see a market for this product either.
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    JD88 , January 5, 2014 6:56 PM
    Lenovo has been working on making Android more desktop friendly. I'll be interested to see what they were able to come up with. Some people would choose the simplicity of this over the clumsiness of Windows. The price really isn't bad at all for the specs.
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    ahmedomran , January 5, 2014 8:42 PM
    I wonder if one day we will see an android desktop computer with the latest GPUs such as GTX 780 and R9 290x
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    TomsSound , January 5, 2014 8:50 PM
    Looks like a decent product. This might do well in the educational sector, maybe a gem for those looking for a thin client/desktop virtualization/citrix reciever. Simple and plenty of apps available. Or for a grandparent needing something super easy. Let's face it windows 8 is not as easy as it should be for the elderly. Email, internet, Games, streaming services. Price is not that bad for a desktop.