ViewSonic VSD220: Kooky Android PC/ 22-inch tablet monitor revealed

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viewsonic-vsd220-android-displayIs it an oversized, desktop Android tablet? Or a touchscreen PC with Android smarts? Or something new altogether? We’re not entirely sure, but ViewSonic’s freshly revealed VSD220 screen has certainly caught our attention.

A 22-inch touchscreen all-in-one computer, ViewSonic’s VSD220 sidesteps Windows 8 in favour of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Fully Google certified, it’ll come complete with all the usual Android apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps, as well as full access to the Google Play Store to download more apps from.

The screen itself runs at full HD 1920×1080 resolution, and is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processor.

Though full specifications have yet to be revealed, the VSD220 will come complete with a host of ports and connectivity options, including micro HDMI, 3x USB ports, microSD, Wi-Fi, Ethernet and Bluetooth. There’s also a 1.3 MP webcam built into the chassis for video calling, and SRS speakers, though no mention of how much storage space is onboard.

“For consumers, the VSD220 is perfect for surfing the web, engaging on social networks and enjoying a world of Android apps”, says Mark Lufkin, managing director of ViewSonic Europe.

With Ice Cream Sandwich fully supporting external peripherals such as mice, keyboards and hard drives, you’re looking at essentially a desktop computer here, albeit one based on Android rather than Windows. It’s an interesting concept and one we’re keen to have some extended time with.

If you’re as intrigued as we are, you can grab the VDS220 for £359 from mid-October.

Gerald Lynch