Off-late, the tablet segment has been flooded with devices of varying screen sizes. Though, the two most popular measurements for tablets are 10-inch and 7-inch, it hasn’t deterred manufacturers from experimenting with smaller and larger devices.
There’s no doubt that Apple hit the sweet spot with the 9.7-inch iPad, it’s almost the unofficial benchmark in the high-end tablet segment. Microsoft decided to go a step further with a 10.6 inch screen with ClearType HD display in the recently launched Surface tablet.
On the other hand, the 7-inch tablet segment has been popular with customers, thanks to the likes of Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy Tab and several low-cost fringe players joining the fray. And then there’s Samsung Galaxy Note, a one-of-its-kind phablet offering.
Given the prevalent screen size fragmentation in the tablet market, I’ve always wondered how big can a tablet get before it’s not a tablet anymore. Meet the FT103 KOUZIRO from Frontier, a 21.5-inch Android 4.0 ‘tablet’.
The Frontier boasts a 1,920×1,080 touch display, 1GB of memory, 8 GB of Flash storage, webcam, Wi-Fi, and HDMI, microUSB, and microSD ports. The biggest positive – it supports full-size HDMI input. The display brightness is rated at 250 cd/m2, contrast ratio 1000:1, and response time at 5ms. Kouziro is pitching it as a tablet optimized for watching movies, scanning news sites, and playing games. Despite the gigantic display size, the Frontier is priced modestly at 34,800 yen or about $439.
It weighs nearly 5kg so it definitely ranks low on portability. Additionally, the tablet has no memory card slot for expansion and it doesn’t have a battery either – so it must be plugged into a wall. IMO, the best use of the Frontier FT103 is as a second desktop monitor, albeit it doesn’t support touch when used as a display. The device goes on sale in Japan later this month.
Size matters and the Frontier FT103 is definitely the mother of all Android tablets launched till date. Do you want one for your living room?