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Kouziro's Got an 11lb 21.5-inch Android Tablet

When we clapped eyes on Toshiba's 13-inch tablet last month, we were pretty taken back by the sheer size of the thing. Though it sounds rather easy to imagine, you really haven't seen a 13-inch tablet until you've seen a 13-inch tablet. Seeing it in person really drives home just how much of a difference there is in size when you compare it to the likes of the Galaxy Tab or iPad. With that in mind, we can't even begin to imagine what 21.5-inches looks like in tablet form.

 

What you see above is Kouziro's FT103 tablet, a 21.5-inch tablet running Google's Android 4.0 operating system. Similar to Toshiba's 13-inch Excite, this tablet isn't designed to leave the home. However, while Toshiba's Excite is designed for couch browsing or watching TV in bed, the FT103 is without a doubt a desktop device. It supports HDMI and 1080p, as well as two USB ports, and Ethernet. It runs on a 1GHz TI OMAP 4428 processor and packs just 8GB of storage, so you won't be ditching your primary computer for this one just yet, but it's not bad as a secondary device. In our opinion, the biggest obstacle will be the fact that this desktop device runs Android. Some might find that, for a desktop device, a mobile OS just isn't enough.

The tablet has a kick-stand and, according to Engadget, weighs a hefty 11 pounds. Rather surprisingly, the price isn't quite as hefty as the device. The FT103 is said to cost ¥34,800 ($437). Not bad for a tablet bigger than a laptop.

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  • nukemaster
    God how I wish every touch screen computing device was not called a "tablet".
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  • anonymous_user
    So in the case of this computer, what would YOU call it then? Its far bigger than a PDA, and its not a laptop either. I suppose it be a all-in-one PC similar to HP's Touchsmart however its hardware and software is more similar to those of smartphones and tablets.
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  • cscott_it
    anonymous_userSo in the case of this computer, what would YOU call it then? Its far bigger than a PDA, and its not a laptop either. I suppose it be a all-in-one PC similar to HP's Touchsmart however its hardware and software is more similar to those of smartphones and tablets.An abomination
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  • geof2001
    It's an AIO pc just add peripherals. The only issue with it is that it's running a mobile OS. Now if it was running ChromeOS they might have something.
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  • danielravennest
    I would call this a smart monitor. Use it stand-alone when you don't need much processor power, plug in HDMI connector from your main PC to get extra power and monitors.

    I actually have room for a third monitor on my desk, between the keyboard and upright monitors. If it could run windows and be portable for when I just want to read casually it would be ideal. Oh, and pressure sensitive screen for graphics input.
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  • jn77
    If it is not at least between 400ppi and 600ppi for displaying crystal clear photo's then its completely pointless for me. It's probably cheap because the screen is pixelated at 21.5 inchs.
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  • digiex
    nukemasterGod how I wish every touch screen computing device was not called a "tablet".
    It's a "table".
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  • aragis
    jn77If it is not at least between 400ppi and 600ppi for displaying crystal clear photo's then its completely pointless for me. It's probably cheap because the screen is pixelated at 21.5 inchs. There are no displays with 400+ ppi on the planet. Perhaps a few prototype panels...

    And Mr. Genius, the larger a screen gets, the less ppi you need to get a crisp image because you will be looking at large displays from a distance, and you won't be able to make out any pixels from a certain distance. You don't watch TV from 30cm away do you?
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  • JOSHSKORN
    What kind of glass does it have on the screen? Is it Gorilla Glass (1 or 2) or what? I would love to see something like this having Gorilla Glass 2. Where I work would benefit from it.
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  • classzero
    aragis...And Mr. Genius, the larger a screen gets, the less ppi you need to get a crisp image because you will be looking at large displays from a distance, and you won't be able to make out any pixels from a certain distance. You don't watch TV from 30cm away do you?
    um . . . It's touch! so you will not be arms length away! That's ok, nice try.
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