Your typical 10" tablet too small for your tastes? Try the SmartDisplay FT103, a 21.5" Android 4.0 tablet from Japanese computer maker Kouziro that can also be used as a 1080p full-HD display (via micro-HDMI). It does, however, have some serious shortcomings – find out what after the jump.
First of all, although all of the verbiage detailing Kouziro's SmartDisplay FT103 describes it as a "tablet", there is really nothing portable about this device. With dimensions of 512.8(W) x24.8(D) x353(H)mm and a weight of roughly 5 kilograms, for all intents and purposes this is practically an Android all-in-one "PC".
To that end, the makers deemed it fit not to include an accelerometer or even a battery. The FT103's AC adapter needs to be plugged in at all times for it to operate.
Powered by a Texas Instrument dual-core OMAP 4428 processor (1GHz maximum clock speed) with 1GB of LPDDR2 memory and 8GB of on-board storage (expandable via SDHC, up to 32GB), the SmartDisplay FT103 isn't exactly the fastest Android around either, which is a shame given Kouziro's asking price of 34,800 yen (US$438). And that's without a 3G antenna, too – not that you need one, since the FT103 is not designed to be carried around.
Still, the device packs enough horsepower to handle most of the apps you'll find available on the Google Play market.
Its key selling point is a 21.5", 1920×1080 full-HD TFT LCD touchscreen, and the fact that it can be used as an external monitor. Brightness is rated at 250 cd/m2, contrast ratio 1000:1, and response time at 5ms.
The touchscreen, as with most around this size, uses optical imaging technology (cameras at the edges of the screen detect shadows that form when you press on the touchpanel) that supports up to two points of contact at once.
In their press release, Kouziro did not address if the touch capabilities would be useable while in monitor mode. The fine print at the company's webstore
, however, clearly says that touch is not supported when used as a display. This is rather unfortunate, given that the FT103 comes with two USB2.0 ports – hook the device up to your Windows PC via HDMI and USB, and all you really need are some compatible drivers for the functionality to work.
Rounding up the Android 4.0 device's features are 802.11g/n WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, ethernet port, headphone jack and stereo speakers.
The Kouziro SmartDisplay FT103 is available in Japan starting today, direct from Frontier, the PC maker's webstore.