Many of the headlines popping up about the monstrous device you see above are calling it a tablet, but there’s really no way that Frontier’s FT103 fits that description. For one thing, it doesn’t have a battery. For another, the display is permanently locked to landscape mode. It’s also got a 21.5-inch diagonal, clearly placing it in the all-in-one desktop category.
Under the hood, you’ll find a dual-core TI OMAP 4428 processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, and 8GB of internal storage to get you started. a multi-format digital media reader and USB host port provide plenty of options for expandable storage. There’s also an Ethernet port in case you’d rather not utilize the built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, a 1.2MP webcam for video chats, and Bluetooth for connecting a cordless keyboard and mouse. The 1920 x 1080 panel also only offers two-point touch control, but that should suffice for the vast majority of your favorite Android apps.
Think 21.5 inches doesn’t give you quite enough elbow room to meet your desktop computing needs? just hook up a secondary display to the HDMI jack and you’re good to go.
On the software side, Android 4.0 comes preinstalled and the machine even has access to Google Play — which is not always the case with atypical Android devices. being that the FT103 is a Japan-only device right now, it’s no surprise that the Tapnow Market is also included.
The FT103 Smart display is selling for 38,400 Yen (about $440) — about $40 less than the 22-inch VCD22 from Viewsonic. What say you, Geek readers? Would you spend that kind of money for a desktop Android system, or would you rather just plug in an $80 MK802 to your existing display and save some cash?
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