HP prepares to launch a 20-inch tablet
Much like Sony’s Vaio Tap 20, HP's Envy Rove 20 is trying to combine an all-in-one computer with a tablet. Both companies seem to think there is a niche for moderately portable giant tablets that serve as mobile entertainment centers as well as home computers. The focus here also seems to be on sharing with the family instead of each person sitting hunched over their own device.
The Envy Rove 20 weighs about 12 pounds. Certainly not something you'd want to carry around in your hand all day, but quite reasonable for a mobile desktop that you can easily move to any room of your house. It runs Windows 8 and comes preloaded with a number of apps that many users might want to try out including 50GB of free cloud storage from Box.net, and a few games.
Full details of the Rove 20's internals are not yet available but we do know that it will run on one of Intel's new Haswell chips and Intel HD graphics. Its battery life is a reasonable three and a half hours, and it has a 20-inch 1600 x 900 display. Other features include 3 USB ports, 802.11ac wifi, an SD card slot, Beats Audio, and a 1TB hybrid HD.
Expect to see the Rove 20 for sale in July for less than US$1000, including a mouse and keyboard.
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