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HP launches Slate 21 all-in-one PC running Android OS

HP has unveiled a new all-in-one desktop that runs Android.

The HP Slate 21 AIO includes a 21.5in touchscreen that basically turns the PC into a giant Android tablet - propped up by a kickstand.

The device runs Android 4.2.2 and an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, which Nvidia showed off recently at Computex. There are built-in dual speakers, a webcam, and wireless printing capabilities.

HP also talked up the multi-tasking capabilities of Android, allowing users to listen to music while surfing the web, for example.

The HP Slate 21 AIO was unveiled during an event in China that also featured the debut of several other gadgets.

The news comes shortly after Samsung last week unveiled the Ativ Q, a convertible device that will allow users to tap into Windows 8 or Android 4.2.2. Users can switch seamlessly between the two and even pin Android apps to the Windows 8 start screen.

At HP's event, the company also discussed the Split X2, a 13.3in Windows 8 tablet PC with a detachable keyboard base unit.

The Split X2 can function either as a clamshell-style notebook or as a slate tablet, since the system's processor, main storage, and primary battery reside behind the screen. It is powered by an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, giving you more processing power than the Intel Atom-powered Envy X2.