SIZE MATTERS according to electronics firm Viewsonic, which launched a mammoth 22in tablet at the Computex conference in Taiwan this week.
The ridiculously sized VCD22 Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) tablet is powered by a Texas Instruments 1GHz dual-core CPU, and doubles as a stand-alone monitor that allows access to virtualised Windows and Linux environments. It also includes a wired Ethernet port for a more stable internet connection.
The tablet features a 1920x1080 multi-touch anti-glare display, appropriately for a screen of this size. The screen's dimensions actually measure 21.5in, not 22in, and has a 1.2MP front facing web cam.
Speaking of dimensions, the VCD22 is 21.9mm thick and weighs 3.5kg. Our hands-on gave us the impression that the VCD22 seems a little chunky and definitely is too heavy to be used like your average tablet. That said, it doesn't seem to have been designed for that kind of use and seems to be geared more towards convenience around the home, such as sofa surfing.
Connectivity wise, it's equipped with a HDMI input, a microSD slot and three USB ports, which are only USB 2.0 but notably provide support for an external keyboard and mouse, turning the tablet into a nifty all-in-one desktop PC.
Viewsonic told The INQUIRER that the tablet is designed with access to cloud hosted applications in mind and should be available at the end of the third quarter. The firm also hopes to sell it worldwide for a price equivalent to under $500, making it a pretty affordable multi-use system. µ