HP takes Android PCs commercial

HP reckons that the Android all-in-one would be useful as a kiosk, in verticals such as hospitality and travel and the SMB market.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Hewlett-Packard on Monday launched an enterprise friendly Android all-in-one that'll start at $399.

The move, outlined at the Consumer Electronics Show 2014, comes just a few hours after Lenovo launched an Android all-in-one designed for the living room. HP's Slate Pro AiO will run Android 4.3 with an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor. For good measure, HP is including Kingsoft Office Suite, Box storage and Citrix Receiver for Windows application support.

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HP's Android all-in-one will be available March 6. The 21.5-inch PC has a touchscreen and can recline at a 70-degree angle. HP reckons that the Android all-in-one would be useful as a kiosk or in verticals such as hospitality and travel.

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Why not a Chrome OS PC? "Chrome doesn't allow for a lot of customization and you don't have the freedom to manage them," said Pavana Polineni, senior product marketing manger at HP. Polineni added that Google Play has more apps for both personal use and business and that Android 4.3 added a bevy of security features that make it more enterprise friendly.

Meanwhile, HP tweaked its code so that its all-in-one could display all Android apps in both portrait and landscape mode.

Polineni said that the Android all-in-one could also find small business traction due to the price point and familiarity with the mobile operating system.

HP's commercial computing rollout takes cues from many mobile touchpoints beyond the Android all-in-ones. Here's a look at the other products for business outlined at CES:

  • ProOne 400 AiO: This all-in-one PC is a 19.5-inch PC that starts at $749. The device, available Feb. 3, is tailored for video and audio conferencing and runs that latest Intel Core processors. A 21.5-inch version will be available March 31 for $799.
  • HP 205 AiO. Another all-in-one that runs on AMD processors and starts at $449. The display is 18.5 inches.
  • HP 200 MicroTower uses Intel Pentium or Celeron Processors, Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 and has a design with easy port access starting at $349.
  • HP Pro x2 410 is a commercial notebook with a detachable screen so it can be used as a laptop or tablet for $899. The screen is 11.6 inches and there's a full-size keyboard.
  • The HP 350 G1 is a business notebook that'll run on a variety of Intel processors.
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