Lenovo has announced several desktop PC debuts for the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, including a new all-in-one machine that uses an Android-based operating system rather than Windows.
Called the N308, this PC is based on an Nvidia quad-core Tegra processor running Android Jelly Bean 4.2. It has a 19.5-inch twisted nematic (TN) touchscreen (1600×900 pixels), 2GB of DDR3 memory, an ethernet port, and a 500GB 5400 rpm hard drive. It’s luggable at 10.4 pounds and has about three hours of battery life. The built-in stand for the case adjusts to any angle, including flat, and the whole system also comes with a wireless keyboard and mouse to run in desktop mode rather than tablet-like mode. A couple of USB 2.0 ports and a multi-card reader finish off the access plugs while built-in 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 add for the wireless connections. Built-in stereo speakers and mic/headphone jacks as well as a 720px webcam make it marketable and the whole shebang begins shipping in February for just $450.
This is very cool news, as Android 4.2 is expected to be the “next big ‘droid” for functional computers and is rumored to be shipping on several devices this year. This should be making Microsoft nervous as they continue to lose dwindling desktop market share to other OS makers despite the new Windows 8 releasing last year and releasing its first major upgrade just recently. Chromebooks have made their mark against MS systems and now we’re going to see more Google-style inroads with other makers.