HP SlateBook 14 leaks out: the first Android-based notebook
Interestingly, so far, Android has never been used as the main platform on a notebook - we’ve seen it on convertibles along with other operating systems, it’s also appeared on 2-in-1 tablets with a keyboard, but never as the only OS on a full-on notebook.
What we can say from the leaked images is that the HP SlateBook 14 definitely looks modern, with a stylish color-accented design (we’re seeing only a black and yellow version at the moment), with a large Beats Audio speaker area above the chiclet keyboard, and with a front-facing camera, of course. The loud anspeaker
You can even spot all the ports and slots: there is a separate power jack, 3 USB ports, a full-on HDMI connector, a headphone jack, and a MicroSD card slot. Probably best of all, though, it’s got a SIM card slot, obviously for mobile data on the go. This certainly sounds like a winner to us, what do you think?
HP SlateBook 14 leaks out: the first Android-based notebook
1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1334; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
I'm offically interested. Very unlikely that I would buy one, but interesting to see how Android performs with mouse and keyboard and what tweaks HP has done.
9. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Hopefully they added a lot of keyboard shortcuts to Android functions... My old Moto Atrix was pretty good with this and also using Mouse's right and middle click (open menu)...
But my current Sony Xperia only recognizes 1 mouse click (as if they all were left click) and you need to click and hold for menu where it applies...
And there are some keyboard shortcuts functions needed like "opening the notification bar" from any screen with a key combination, instead of using the mouse... Maybe touchpad gestures...
My Samsung Galaxy S3 with MHL and bluetooth keyboard was very good, but I hated the navigation through the Home Screen with it... if I wanted to go across panes with arrow keys, it would go over each shortcut app no matter if they were in line with the interface... like if it was a long text before turning the page... and MHL occupies the microUSB port so you can't use it as a USB OTG at the same time thus not being able to use a mouse like I did with the Atrix or do with my Xperia Acro S
I have used all of my Android phones as some sort of Notebook replacement (without fully replacing my notebook) and they have all lacked some functionality be it by software or by hardware...
I am betting that this can get similar functionality to an ASUS tablet (plus keyboard dock)
15. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Asus added keyboard shortcuts to the Transformers when docked, I'm betting HP did so as well due to it being a notebook. It would be a surprise if they didn't.
18. buccob (Posts: 1367; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yeah, most likely... the thing is that there should be way more shortcuts than "Home", "Menu", "Back"... android should offer keyboard shortcuts withing OS not just through skins, certain apps, and the likes...
I like that Chrome implemented some shortcuts, like Ctrl+W and Ctrl+T but it is still missing the very useful Ctrl+Tab and then some...
22. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
Price it within 50$ of Chromebook with similar specs.
2. Anshulonweb (Posts: 303; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
with size and battery this big.....I hope it is carrying Tegra k1......
3. palmguy (Posts: 235; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)
In Lord Vader's voice "impressive". Stupid HP-chasess was suppose to put webOS on everything. My Gollum voice.
4. MobileNico (Posts: 50; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)
Price will determine my interest level in this thing. I mean, I want one, but I'm thinking anything above 500 is gonna be a difficult sell.
5. csoulr666 (Posts: 76; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)
As much as I'm impressed, I still don't think android has become "Notebook friendly", but if it is priced low, I could get one
6. nlbates66 (Posts: 284; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
I suppose this is the same HP that released the all in one Desktop running Android that had display bezels so fat you couldn't properly swipe in from the sides and bottom... >.>
8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3079; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
As if 8'' windows 8 tablets werent already weird, now this.
10. livyatan (Posts: 680; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
This has so much more potential than Chromebooks imho
12. sefadziprince (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
why should I buy an android laptop when popular third party applications are very limited as compared to windows.
35. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2667; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Because price, battery life, instant on/off, root, and no Windows?
37. icyrock1 (Posts: 303; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
Root access is a plus? Root access is the something has Administration rights on Windows PCs.
41. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2667; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Yes, it is a plus. Administrator rights in Windows is also a good thing. Now the completely broken app/security model in Windows is not a good thing.
13. jan25 (Posts: 386; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
browsing the web and using productivity apps on a Chromebook will be a much better experience. this HP is neither a productivity device nor a media consumption device. it is trying to do both functions but this won't work.
24. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
"browsing the web and using productivity apps on a Chromebook will be a much better experience"
32. jan25 (Posts: 386; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
Chrome on desktop is far FAR more superior than any native Android browser. as for productivity apps like Google Docs, they work offline and are a pleasure to use as extensions.
39. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)
What about offline games, offline media consumption, customization (for some people), productivity apps like Photoshop Touch etc.
27. Furbal (Posts: 265; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)
Chrome os is far more limited than android is from what I've seen with my toshiba.
14. Chris_Bakke (Posts: 200; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)
I'd get this only to download the HTC power to give app and let it run all day while I left it plugged in.
16. PBXtech (Posts: 970; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Looks promising, I'd like to see more of this in person.
17. rockers123 (Posts: 33; Member since: 08 Sep 2013)
Lenovo A10 is the first Android based Notebook
20. Sauce (unregistered)
I will never for the life of me buy an HP product again, based on past experiences. ESPECIALLY with their poor (poor is a nice word to describe it) customer service.
21. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3079; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Certainly not worse than lenovo. I have their crappy notebook. Its all screwed up inside. The gpu was dead, HDD crashed, overheating issues and all this in first 6 months. Still they charged me about $240. This is their crap hardware and ultra crap customer 'care'. My new sony Vaio haswell is amazing though.
36. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2667; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I have experienced badly designed and poorly made Lenovo Thinkpads. It seems Lenovo has made great strides at "value engineering" all the quality out of their products.
28. nasznjoka (Posts: 332; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
Is it that bad? Bad than apple? "you are holding the phone wrong......." iD###ot!
30. Sauce (unregistered)
It's funny how you have to mention Apple in a conversation that has nothing to do with them. Says a lot about you sir.
25. cse.vicky (Posts: 79; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Basically a laptop for chatting on whatsapp with keyboard ?
29. Sniggly (Posts: 6803; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I think it would be better if Google released an Android version with 64 bit support that had optimizations for running on a laptop, but as it stands, this is exactly the type of thing I wanted to see. I'll wait until future versions are released and kinks are worked out, but I'm excited. I would frickin' love to be able to ditch Windows entirely for my next laptop.
This also speaks to the amount of fail Windows 8 has been for mainline computers.
34. tntwit (Posts: 24; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
I think "fail" is a bit of a stretch at this point. Since it is reportedly the first, it has yet to prove itself as an operating system people will want on a laptop.
Moreover, I think we are a long way off from the corporate world ditching Windows for android in the office.
I'll say this much, I do wonder about the long term future of Windows. I still find it amazing that Microsoft has yet to truly capitalized on mobile devices for business users the way that Blackberry, Apple and Android have. Everybody else had to 'handshake' with Windows for products like Outlook, Office, etc when Microsoft should have had it in the bag. While Windows Phone 8 has been more successful than 7, they are still a ways off.
Having said that, I would much prefer a Surface Pro to this, though this will likely be much cheaper.
31. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6254; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
Finally a tablet/keyboard i've been looking for. I just hope HP does the OS UPDATES cause i pass on all their other tablets
33. BattleBrat (Posts: 1061; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
This, office suite pro, floating browser, floating widget, spotify, slacker, netflix, YES!
38. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
Google will be big in the computer world. Just watch when stupid MS goes down. MS has changed us too much for too long for their stupid OS. This is only the beginning. Once you will be able to play games like BF3, SC2, CoD and games like that on android MS will be gone.
40. sefadziprince (Posts: 5; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)
Does that mean i can install Asphalt 8 on the notebook?