Notebooks that run on both the Windows and Android operating systems might not be coming anytime soon but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing any Android powered notebooks in the market. There’s already the Asus Transformer Book which is a 2-in-1 device that combines a laptop and a tablet or even the various Chinese-branded Android tablets that comes with a keyboard dock. Now it’s HP’s turn to release its own Android notebook which the company calls as the HP SlateBook 14.
The HP SlateBook 14 is a dedicated notebook device which means that its display can’t be detached from its keyboard to transform it into a tablet. It sports a 14-inch Full HD touchscreen display (1920 x 1080 pixels) and uses an Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor. It appears to be running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has access to the Google Play Store. This means that users will be able to choose from the thousands of apps available from this official channel to install.
The other specs of this device includes 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD card slot, HDMI port, 3 USB ports, audio jack, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth. It also features Beats Audio technology which gives a better bass response. Its keyboard also comes with dedicated Android keys which when pressed launches the Home and Recent Apps among other things.
There’s also a webcam which is useful when making video calls. A SIM slot can also be spotted on its side which means that users can still have connectivity even when out of range of a Wi-Fi network simply by connecting to a mobile data network using the HP DataPass service. Of course there will be charges incurred for this and depends on which carrier is being used.
HP designed the SlateBook 14 to be ultraslim, light, and colorful. Its chassis is made of a polycarbonate material with a two tone color that makes it stand out. The initial photos and videos show the device in black and yellow color.
It’s quite unusual to see a notebook running on the Android operating system as Google is pushing for its Chrome OS to be used. The last big name manufacturer that released a notebook running on Android was Toshiba with its AC100 running on Android 2.1 which was released last 2010.
HP has not officially announced this device yet however it is expected to be previewed in the upcoming Computex 2014 which will be held in Taiwan this coming June.