ViewSonic introduces new Smart Displays running Android with Tegra 3 processor

ViewSonic introduces new Smart Displays running Android with Tegra 3 processor

Summary: A 24-inch LCD powered by Android Jelly 4.2 is available for $529, while a 22-inch version will cost $399 when it's released in December.

TOPICS: Android, Hardware

About a year ago, display maker ViewSonic decided to release a LCD monitor that double as an Android device. Despite the odd combination, the company is at it again, announcing a new version of its "Smart Display" that is an Android thin client of sorts that is designed for commercial application.

The VSD241 is a 24-inch full HD touchscreen LCD that runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean thanks to the built-in Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. It also includes built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Since it doesn't have much built-in storage (8GB), it relies on the cloud and an SD card slot for the storing of files associated with the device. It also has a pair of full-size USB ports, micro and mini USB ports, and an HDMI port to connect it to another system.

Other features include a built-in 2-megapixel webcam and microphone for video conferencing. While consumers could conceivably use the VSD241 as a standalone Android screen, ViewSonic expects it will be used by enterprise clients for kiosks and other interactive display applications. At $529, it's certainly not priced with consumers in mind.

The VSD241 is available now, but for those looking for a slightly smaller (and cheaper) version, ViewSonic is releasing a 22-inch model, the VSD221, to be released in December for $399.

Topics: Android, Hardware

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  • Tegra 3 slow on something like this

    The Tegra 3 was so bad on a small Nexus 7 tablet I can only imagine on a larger screen. No doubt Viewsonic got a good deal on those chips. Sad so many manufactures making Android perform badly with older hardware. Just to keep the price down.
    • What?

      What are you talking about? The Nexus 7 and Tegra 3 were universally praised by reviewers. And the Tegra 3 powered ASUS TF700 has a screen resolution that likely approximates the resolution of these monitors and was also praised by reviewers.

      If this were a consumer product then it would be nice to see a Tegra 4 inside to future proof it. But for a machine that's likely going to be put to use as a simple Kiosk the Tegra 3 should prove more than adequate.
  • so...what, convenience?

    You can get a ViewSonic 24 inch touchscreen with VGA, DVI and HDMI for under $340, and an Android powered HDMI stick with built in WiFi for under a hundred...where is the deal here?
    ReadWryt (error)
  • Really?

    " At $529, it's certainly not priced with consumers in mind."

    Show me another 24" tablet....
  • info. kiosk

    This will be great as an info. kiosk
  • Use as a display for embedded test systems.

    I want to use this a display and input device that uses a browser to connect to a test system that delivers it's content on a browser.