Lenovo N308

All-in-one Android powered computer starts at $450

Android Central @ CES

With the start of CES Unveiled Lenovo has taken the wraps of its first all-in-one Android computer, the N308. Having to hop between an Android tablet and a desktop computer can be a bit tedious at times, and Lenovo hopes to have solved that for many people. Featuring a 19.5 inch HD+ display the N308 runs Android 4.2 at launch. Inside the computer you can have either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive depending on preference, and it will support up to 2GB of DDR3 memory as well.

Much like a full desktop computer the N308 has two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone, headphone, and LAN jack as well as a 6-in-1 card reader. In addition it will come with a full sized wireless AccuType keyboard and a wireless mouse. Inside the device you will also find a battery that is said to last about three hours, so if you feel the need to move this 19.5 inch display around with you  it can be done. With full access to Google Play and Amazon's AppStore you will be able to download your favorite Android applications without issue.

Starting at $450 for the base model and going up from there depending on options, Lenovo has unfortunately not given an exact release date at this time. 

 

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Lenovo announces the N308, an All-in-One Android computer

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Actually, it's not the first of its kind. There was an Android laptop released awhile back (1.5 years ago?), but it had very limited availability, as it was only released in a very small Asian market.

Also, it's likely not running Kitkat, because it was in development, before Kitkat was even announced or introduced.

android laptop..toshiba ac100...released in europe...Compaq had.a.similar one also released in spain with moviestar network..acer aspire one dual booting win7 + android

Yeah, it has to be. To be honest, before checking LEnovo's website, I didn't realize that the N308's keyboard is was completely wireless. I originally thought that it connected via dock.

App scaling is a native feature of Android. Multiple windows isn't mentioned, bit I wouldn't count on it

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Why an Android computer? I am confused....Why have an Android laptop vs a Chrome book?

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I can understand why you would ask that question. But, the answer is simpler than you think.

With a Chromebook (which I'm typing from, by the way), you get an alternate operating system (for people that don't prefer a Windows laptop, or for use as a second machine), but you don't get all of the functionality that an alternate operating system could offer (in Chrome OS, you can't install all of the programs or apps that would be available to Android or Windows).

With your current iterations of desktop Linux (Ubuntu, Mint, Gnome, etc), you get an alternate operating system, but you still don't get all of the functionality that Windows offers, mainly due to Linux not being mainstream and not attracting the proper developer attention (the Chicken and Egg problem).

As Android is already popular, people can have an alternate operating system that they're already comfortable with, have access to all of the same applications that they're used to, and have a simple way to tie it all in (Google account).

Also, I read somewhere (maybe it was one of the Mobile Nations forums?) that the main PC vendors were looking to upstage Microsoft at CES (they're not happy with the direction that Windows 8 is going), by introducing more products that compete with Windows 8 than for it.

Also, by using Android, it reduces the costs of the computer, and vendors can add better specs to the machines, without breaking the bank of the consumer.

I think we've reached a point where Android can be viable on a laptop machine.

That's my opinion, anyway.

Based on what you've pointed out, I agree that Android on the PC is an interesting idea. However, I would have appreciated the addition of multiple windows

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After reading your comment,it really puts it in perspective how hard of a time Microsoft is going to have in the coming years!

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Thanks, brother. Yeah, at some point, I actually see Microsoft utilizing Apple's business model and keeping everything in-house. I believe the Surface products are an experiment to gauge popularity of its own products when compared against the main PC vendors (Samsung, Lenovo, Acer, etc).

I don't see them taking everything in house. Acer, HP, dell, And so on are to reliant on windows. I do see a heavier push on the surface line though.

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I agree with you on the practicality, and I always love to see Android expanding beyond its traditional phone and tablet realm. Lenovo is smart to see Android's potential in this space, but I don't think this device is the best possible answer. There are simply use cases that Android won't satisfy, primarily because it lacks multiple windows. Trying to write a research paper, for example, where you're rapidly switching between your sources and your word processor can be a whiplash nightmare on Android since you're constantly switching between fullscreen windows. However, I don't really support adding multiple window support--I think it would detract from the simplicity and focus that makes me love Android so much.

My perfect device, and the device I really hope they're cooking up as the Nexus 10 successor (a man can dream), would be a tablet/laptop hybrid that boots Android as a tablet and Chrome OS as a laptop. I think Asus is onto the right idea with their Transformer "docking" approach to hybrid devices, although with Android and Chrome OS, I'm not sure separate specs for the tablet and laptop (i.e. putting a more muscular processor, bigger battery, etc. in the dock for laptop mode) would be necessary--maybe just make it a beefy Android tablet and the dock functions as a "switch" to toggle Chrome OS. That way, you have two use cases built into one device (tablet for portability and recreation; laptop for productivity) with a suite of Google apps that syncs seamlessly between the two platforms. Android/Windows hybrids have existed for a while, and more are coming to market, but I'd much prefer Android/Chrome OS--I have no need or desire for Windows 8. It would be even better if you could choose between Chrome OS and Android in both forms (so you'd have the ability to use it as an Android laptop or Chrome OS tablet, if you wanted) kind of like Asus's "quad-mode" device that leaked today.

I like your idea of a dual-booting Android/Chrome OS tablet. And, for all we know, Google may have delayed launching the Nexus 10, in 2013, to create such functionality. Gigaom's Kevin Tofel wrote a piece about the Nexus 10 possibly being a Chrome OS tablet (completely opinionated). I'm definitely not opposed to it.

Thinking about it, I'd actually be excited to have such a product. An Android/Chrome OS Ultrabook... I'd be a day-one buyer, for sure.

What about dual-booting Android/Linux? Does this thing have an Intel processor - or are ARM Linux distro installers up to the task of hardware discoverability like X86 ones are?

I'm not sure, what kind of CPU it has. Lenovo's website didn't mention it, either.

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I wonder what the processor is. Also disappointing that it's just 2 GB RAM. I know, it's Android, but still, in a device of this size, you'd like at least 4 GB RAM

This is a very beautiful machine. And, just for comparison, a comparable Windows 8 version would easily costs 700 US dollars and up.

More like 600, depending on the CPU. If the wishes variant had a higher-level CPU I could see it fetching 700

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Yeah, I skipped over the fact that it only has 2GB of RAM. I don't know of any Windows 8 All-in-One PCs that have less than 4GB available. But, you're right. Still, those damn things are expensive.

If this thing has a snapdragon 600 or 800 CPU, it would certainly be worth the price. Vanilla jelly bean with 2 GB of RAM and high end snapdragon CPU should run just fine

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Most of the Pentium All in Ones cost about 400 some even less. Not too crazy considering its a full computer OS/processor.

I have yet to see a Pentium, at my local Best Buy.

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Monitor with HDMI android stick - Done!
Why buy this when the above mentioned solution will offer future upgrade ability?

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Ya know, I actually considered buying one of those. Amazon has several of them for sale at various price points. But, from some of the reviews I've read, they can be hit or miss. I may still buy one, in the future, though.

There's a site called lilipiting that does some extensive reviews on a bunch of these. Check them out if you're interested.

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No problem. They also have daily deals articles on tons of electronics

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This solution is Okay for you, mr techno-savvy dude...
but remember most people are mr and mrs techno-dummies and they do not
need to dick around with your half-baked solution ...

Steady Freddie (sorry couldn't resist the Queen reference). It was just an informative insight on alternatives for like minded geeks. Besides the people you're referring to aren't likely to jump ship to Android PCs just yet.

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It's time for Google to bring native side by side multitasking support. These kind of setups are silly without true multitasking capabilities.

Agreed. That is one of the reasons I still like using a desktop platform on a regular basis.

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I feel like this is a waste of money. Acer has a 21.5 inch Android Desktop at the beginning of 2013 in HSN and it was pathetic. Android Tablets work, Android Desktops, do not.

Laptops have small screens and no real mouse. There's clearly market for both. I personally don't see a point in Android laptop when all it is is basically a tablet with permanently attached keyboard (and track pad, which is never better than mouse).
Full desktop on the other hand makes sense and I just wish Google brought native support for side by side multitasking

Asus has a nice 21" AiO that can switch between Windows and Android, and has an Intel i series processor for Windows mode. You can also detach the monitor from its stand and use it as a tablet. It's good for when Android doesn't supply all your needs, and from my experience when using it, switching between Windows and Android is seamless.

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Something like this is only useful if the manufacturer can provide custom software to take advantage of a large screen.
Assuming that Lenovo did absolutely nothing, just took vanilla android, what would the OS look like? Android scales differently to a phone than to a tablet. Does Google have a 20inch version of Android, or will this be based off the 10 inch tablet OS? I'm just wondering because this isn't mainstream (yet.)

This is cool and ppl the 2 GB RAM is DDR3 so not to bad and from this image it looks close to vanilla android so this is good but I would hope updates to the software come because android 4.2 was debuted way back in late 2012 but Its got project butter so it should be fine I know it may be crazy but I would actually buy this

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Can anyone tell me what's the purpose of having just android on a Laptop??? Cuz I really dont get it guys! Im really not a fan of Chrome OS, but wouldn't it be more logical to have on it insted of Android?

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I'm surprised to find that I like the idea. The screen is a bit big and low resolution, but in some situations that would be OK. I am assuming that IS a touch-screen, that would be essential. The rest comes down to firmware and how well it runs.

I've never used a Chrome book, so I'm speaking from ignorance, but...I've always wondered why laptop makers don't use Android as opposed to Chrome OS? Android already has a large ecosystem of apps, including a Chrome Browser. Case in point -- and correct me if I'm wrong -- Chrome OS cannot run Skype, but Android has a Skype app.

It makes me wonder why OEMs don't just make Android laptops as opposed to Chromebooks. Who knows...maybe Chrome OS has some benefits or is more optimized for a keyboard/mouse-type device than Android. I mean, the only thing I can think of is that Android doesn't multi-task very well (at least insofar as having two windows open at the same time), but if Samsung and others can customize Android for their devices allow multi-windows on screen, I would imagine that laptop OEMs can as well.

Those of you who have a Chromebook: Feel free to enlighten my ignorance.

I like and use Chrome OS, because it's a very light weight operating system. As Android is designed to be a complex, multi-tasking powerhouse, Chrome OS is designed with simplicity in mind.

It's always being compared to Windows: and honestly, those people are missing the point of it. Because of the simplicity of Chrome OS, it can run on lower end hardware. My Samsung Chromebook has a 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM, and it only cost 250 dollars. With those specs, it provides a great experience. Now, people will point out that you can purchase a Windows 8 machine, for not too much more. Those people are absolutely right. However, as I've used cheap laptops most of my life, I can tell you that the experience pales in comparison to Chrome OS.

Chrome OS main purpose is to be a browser machine, nothing more. And, because of its simplicity, people buy it. Anyone can use a Chromebook.

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That makes sense....but can't Android run on minimal hardware as well? I mean, Jelly Bean, and KitKat especially, can run smoothly on 16GB SSD and 2GB of RAM nor problem.

I get the comparison with Windows 8 devices (trust me, I have a Surface Pro 2 and it has battery life more comparable to other laptops than tablets), but Android is just as nimble as Chrome OS insofar as it can run on minimal specs compared to Windows machines, right?