HP Slatebook 14 Android touchscreen laptop revealed in HP video

HP Slatebook 14 Android touchscreen laptop revealed in HP video

Summary: We have seen a couple Android laptops in the past, but a video leaked online from HP shows a new Android-powered touchscreen laptop may be coming soon.

HP Slatebook 14 Android touchscreen laptop revealed in HP video
(Image: HP)

Asus has been making Android tablets with excellent keyboard combos for years with their Transformer Pad TF701T (ZDNet review) being their latest and greatest. HP has a current Android powered tablet with keyboard options in their SlateBook 10.

9to5Google posted some information that shows HP may soon reveal the Slatebook 14 that comes with the Google Play Store and Google first-party apps.

The folks at Notebook Italia discovered a video of the device on HP's website that shows this laptop powered by Android with a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, WiFi, Bluetooth, Beats Audio, three USB ports, HDMI-out port, and possibly a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity.

Lenovo has their Ideapad A10 Android laptop, but so far this operating system hasn't proven to be highly desirable as a laptop operating system. Chromebooks are popular, but much of their popularity also has to do with low prices.

There has been talk of some Chrome OS/Android integration and I imagine we will see more about this possibility at Google I/O in June. I prefer Android as my smartphone operating system and would probably enjoy my HP Chromebook 11 more if Android was there instead of Chrome.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Laptops

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  • I've been surprised

    at how quickly the functionality of Chrome OS has improved with browser apps, but never quite understood why Google was taking so long to exploit the huge repository of Android apps for a notebook form factor. Users will know the apps from their phones and the learning curve should be minimal.
  • I am weary of anything HP

    I bought an HP Slate 2800 tablet and HP has left us high and dry on Android 4.1.1. No update to 4.4 or even 4.3 even though the Slate runs a pretty stock version of Android, so should be no problem for HP to update. That is assuming they give a crap which they don't seem to care after the sale. I advise, based on my experience, to steer clear of HP.
  • Come on Google - Android is far more appealing than ChromeOS

    I think it's the prospect of convergence, which will make it incredibly attractive to have one OS across all your devices with a thriving ecosystem and massive developer interest. That will be a virtuous spiral driving continued market penetration in all segments.

    There's no reason Android couldn't work gangbusters across the three categories of devices, phones, tablets, pcs (laptops+desktops). It has an accessible file system, incredible hardware support, and has proven adaptable to nearly any kind of device. Now add in 64 bit and expanded memory support. Billions of devices and users waiting for your apps. Vastly easier updating and maintenance than Windows. Vastly more capability than ChromeOS with only negligibly more maintenance.

    The only thing standing in its way on PCs has been Google itself with their pushing of ChromeOS over Android for reasons entirely their own. Surely the vast majority of people would prefer Android with access to the millions of apps and games. I almost think Google is holding back Android very intentionally because it would absolutely rocket and they are afraid of anti-trust actions, which could force them to divest of Android or spin it off at least.
    • You do have to wonder

      I assumed the worst, the Google has very little interest in supporting Android as a desktop/laptop OS because it hopes Chrome will be a better ad revenue cash cow.

      Otherwise I'm stumped. We have already seen vendors create and demo Android builds with multiwindow and multimonitor capabilities and there are many builds that work just fine with no touch interface at all. Lowered DPI settings from the "fat-finger, make it huge" defaults for mobile touch devices make the two-foot experience viable through smaller icon and font scaling.
  • Bahahaha...

    Android on a laptop....DOA.
  • You do have to admit that the "super-sized smartphone with a huge keyboard"

    market is wide open, and HP is trying to be proactive, and not wanting to be left behind in that "new market".
    • "super-sized smartphone with a huge keyboard"

      That's Windows RT - it didn't work.
      • If that's the case, then all tablets are "super-sized smartphones with huge

        keyboards", and the jury is still out on whether they'll be successful in the long-run or not. The RT tablet is still around, and it's actually the better of the lot, even if it's not the biggest seller, yet.
  • As an owner of a HP Slate 21 Pro

    This would be brilliant. I absolutely love my HP Slate 21 Pro. HP respects the source material when it comes to Android. They build solid machines without mucking around with the interface and setup (in contrast to Samsung). I hold the radical position that Android has a bright future not only on the tablet, appliance and TV but the the desktop and laptop as well. I've heard the Slate 21 called a Frankenstein, bizarre and unnecessary. I am a technology professional and I can assure you it is far from it. This would be the perfect addition to my set up.
    • The Slalebook Pro 14 is junk, and unnecessary, and worthless,

      and should not even have been created.

      BTW, most people here on ZDNet are also tech pros, and most of us would be opting for something much more useful than that junk above from HP.