HP’s first tablet effort following a two-year hiatus might have not been welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm, but it seems the Palo Alto-based company has other aces up its sleeve besides the fairly modest Slate 7.
A mysterious Slate 21 AIO has allegedly been benchmarked, running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and packing a Tegra 4 processor. Wait, what?!?
Yes, I know how it sounds. Like pure madness. Specifically, like a ginormous 21-inch all-in-one PC/tablet with Android and a CPU that’s yet to power a single commercially released device. But, when you really think of it, is it really so crazy?
After all, Asus has already unveiled a massive all-in-one/tablet hybrid with Android, namely the 18.4-inch Transformer AiO. True, the Transformer AiO runs both Windows and Android, but that’s likely the same road HP will follow with this Slate 21 AiO if the thing turns out to be real.
As for the Tegra 4 processor, we know it’s to power several gadgets starting this quarter or Q3 2013 at the latest, so why wouldn’t the Slate 21 be one of those?
All in all therefore, we have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of the leaked benchmark, save for… the test’s actual result. The HP Slate 21 AiO, equipped with a CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz, has apparently only scored 23,584 points.
That’s considerably better than all the other high-end Android tabs around, but it’s light years away from what NVIDIA claimed Tegra 4-powered devices would be capable of. If you remember, the new chip was said to score over 36,000 points, so the Slate 21’s 23,000 is actually pretty disappointing.
Of course, chances are the tested tab was a pre-release prototype, so we should definitely expect better scores once the thing will be out and about. Again, if and only if it is real.
All things considered, do you think the world needs a 21-inch tab/all-in-one PC with a likely extravagant price point? Are companies like HP and Asus going too far in their attempts to innovate and stay original? And finally, does HP have a future in the Android décor?