Is it a big tablet or a small, portable all-in-one PC? Asus is calling its new 18.4 inch P1801-T the latter, indicating that it fuses together the power of an entry-level AIO desktop with the flexibility of a multi-touch tablet (opens in new tab). What's more, it uses Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean" as the operating system, thus blurring the line between mainstream desktop and tablet even further.
The company was heavy on the bloat and light on the actual details in its announcement. The device will sport an 18.4 inch IPS screen with a Full HD resolution, 10-point multi-touch capability, and 178 degree viewing angles. This screen will be powered by Nvidia's Tegra 3 SoC which is likely to keep the overall cost down given the more-powerful Tegra 4 chip has a higher pricetag.
As for other hardware features, the device will pack a battery offering up to five hours of Full HD video playback. It will weigh just over five pounds and support USB OTG on its microUSB port, allowing users to connect an external hard drive, a mouse or keyboard with a USB OTG adapter. A built-in kickstand positions the screen at a comfortable angle for tabletop use, and there's supposedly a handle mounted on the back for easy portability.
"The large screen size also gives a much clearer view for productivity apps and web content, and makes it much easier to take advantage of 10-point multi-touch control with games and virtual keyboards of all kinds," the company said. "Powerful stereo speakers with sound quality enhanced by Asus SonicMaster audio technology also mean everyone can enjoy music and immersive movie soundtracks."
This Android AIO was first spotted back in December at the FCC, then made an appearance at CES 2013 a month later packing 2 GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600 MHz and 32 GB of internal storage. On one side was a microSD card slot, a microUSB port, a headphone jack and a Kensington lock in addition to power and volume buttons. It was slated to run both Android and Windows RT, but it looks as though Asus canned the latter OS.
So far there's no indication of when and where this Android AIO will be sold, or for how much, so stay tuned.