Back in April, word got out that HP was planning to announce a touchscreen laptop running Android, and today, the company finally made the device official. In a press release, HP officially announced its 14-inch touchscreen SlateBook running Android. The laptop is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and 2GB of RAM. It will come in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage variants, which is relatively small for a laptop, and have a microSD card.
In terms of design, the SlateBook is matte black with yellow accents. The HP logo on the back of it is also a bright yellow. It comes in at .63 inches thin and 3.75 pounds, putting it right in the middle of the pack in terms of slimness. The screen isn’t anything close to Apple’s Retina laptops and is simply 1080p. It does, however, feature four Beats-ceritified speakers and an HD webcam. There are two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI connection, as well. HP says the device will last for 9 hours on a charge.
The true standout feature, however, is the fact that it runs Android 4.3 and offers access to the Google Play Store. It’s unclear how Android apps will scale to being used with a trackpad and keyboard, but there’s always the option of using the touchscreen, too.
The 14-inch Android powered SlateBook will be available on July 20th in the United States. The 16GB model will start at $399, while the 32GB and 64GB variants will run $429.99 and $459.99 respectively. It’s odd that HP would go against the trend of Chrome OS powered laptops and use Android, but you have to respect them for trying.
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