Hands-on with the Viewsonic VSD220 Smart Display
An increasingly common theme with larger Android tablets is to present the option to use the device in the same way you would a laptop. Some offer docks with keyboards and trackpads, while others make nice thin cases that slide out to reveal keyboards. Android is growing more functional every day, and it could be argued that an Android device manufactured correctly could serve as a computer in the home. Viewsonic, who has had mixed success in the Android ecosystem in the past, is about to release a 22-inch All in One “Smart Display” that takes the idea of running Android as a desktop OS and brings it center stage.
The Viewsomic Smart Display is 1080p screen with the rest of the computer baked in. A dual core OMAP 4 with 1GB of RAM powers drives Android 4.0 on this big screen, an includes a traditional mouse and keyboard for navigating websites or typing up emails. The screen is also a touch panel, so you can navigate Android the same way you would navigate on a tablet larger than 7 inches.
With a 1.2mp camera in the front, along with SRS Premium Sound speakers, this little All in One has everything you would expect. The Smart Display comes with the Google Play Store, so you have access to all of the same apps that you would have access to on your tablet. The whole device feels like a really big tablet that has to stay plugged in to the wall at all times.
The Smart Display is expandable beyond the 8GB that comes onpboard, you’re still only going to get an extra 32GB out of the microSD slot. Apps run in full screen on this device, and are not optimized for the screen size in any manageable way, aside from apps that are taking advantage of Google’s Fragments UI.
Viewsonic is pricing the Smart Display at $ 399 and plans to start selling them in late October. No retail partners have been announced as of yet.