Hewlett-Packard Rove mobile All-in-One PC incoming this July
By Paul Ridden
May 31, 2013
HP has unveiled what's described as the company's first mobile All-in-One PC. Where your usual AIO dies as soon as you unplug it from the wall outlet, the new ENVY Rove 20 has a built-in 62 Wh battery that allows the Windows 8 multitouch enjoyment to go on without so much as a blip. Though the detailed specs have yet to be announced, here's what we have been able to track down.
As the name suggests, the Rove 20 sports a 20-inch, 1600 x 900 IPS LED panel with advanced 10-point multitouch technology and an ambient light sensor to auto-adjust the brightness. That puts it a good deal smaller than the monster Lenovo unveiled at CES 2013, but in the very same ball park as Sony's Tabletop PC that I got to grips with at IFA in Berlin last year.
HP's new 12.5 x 20 x 1.4 in (31.75 x 50.8 x 3.56 cm), 12.27 lb (5.6 kg) AIO will have a 4th gen Intel Core i3M processor with integrated HD 4400 graphics at its heart, supported by up to 16 GB of DDR3 RAM over two SO-DIMM slots and 1 TB hybrid storage with an 8 GB solid state cache. Its built-in kickstand can lie flush within the body for tabletop use, or flip out at the press of a large hinge lock for desktop use. The Rove 20 could also serve as a rather large Win8 tablet, benefiting from a gyro and magnetometer.
As you might expect from a new HP computer, the device also features Beats Audio sound through dual speakers and built-in subwoofer. Wireless technology runs up to 802.11ac 2x2 with Bluetooth 4.0, there's a media card slot to the side and a TrueVision HD webcam faces front. Though the unit doesn't come with an integrated optical drive, you could use one of the three USB 3.0 ports to hook up an external DVD or Blu-ray drive.
The ENVY Rove 20 will be available from July for an as-yet unspecified price, though HP is hinting at a sub-US$1,000 starting point. It will come with a wireless keyboard and mouse and, for US customers only, HP has thrown in 50 GB of cloud storage at Box.net (which would normally cost $19.99 per month).
More specifics will be revealed closer to the ship date. In the meantime, there's an HP promo video below to whet your appetite.