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ViewSonic introduces new Smart Displays running Android with Tegra 3 processor

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.
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Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor on
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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.

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