We have previously heard rumors of an Android-based laptop that’s going to be developed by HP. Now it looks like this device is now official as the company announced the HP Slatebook which is expected to hit the market this coming July. What’s unique about this laptop is that it will run on Android 4.3 and uses a Tegra 4 processor.
The HP Slatebook is just one of the several laptop models that the company announced will be coming soon. Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems over at HP said that, “Customers have made it clear that they need devices that better adapt to work and play the way they do. Today, we are announcing the next generation of laptops and two-in-one PCs, along with a new Chromebook that combine power, versatility and design for home and on the go.”
- 14-inch 1920×1080 touchscreen
- Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor 1.8 GHz
- 16GB-64GB of internal storage
- 2GB of RAM
- Front-facing webcam
- Beats Audio speakers
- 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI port
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- Up to 9 hours of battery life
- Weighs 3.75 pounds
This isn’t going to be the first laptop that runs on Android however it’s definitely one of the first coming from a major company. It’s also not a 2-in-one device where the display can be detached and used as a tablet.
The HP Slatebook makes use of a 1080p touchscreen display providing users multiple ways of navigating the device. The 10 point capacitive touchscreen or the traditional keyboard, touchpad combination can be used to access the menu system.
The Tegra 4 processor used by this laptop is not the most powerful available from NVIDIA but is still very capable. This chip uses four ARM Cortex-A15 processors and uses a GPU with 72 custom cores. It’s also energy efficient allowing the device to operate up to 9 hours on a single charge.
Other key features of this laptop include
- Beats Audio: This device comes with four Beats audio speakers which provide an immersive audio experience.
- Google Play Store: Has access to the millions of apps available over at the Google Play Store.
- Dynamic Design: Customers will be more productive using this device compared to a tablet due to its physical keyboard.
- Multiple port options: This device comes with HDMI, USB 3.0 and dual USB 2.0, audio mic/headset jack, AC adapter plug, and also micro SD card reader.
We are still not sure what market demographic HP is targeting with this device. For the same price consumers can already get a regular Windows laptop or even a Chromebook. While it’s true that the HP Slatebook can access more apps compared to the Chromebook most of the apps available at the Google Play Store are not designed to run on displays greater than 10 inches or even take advantage of a physical keyboard.
The HP Slatebook will become available this coming July 20 with the 16GB model priced at $399.