HP SlateBook 14 leaks out: the first Android-based notebook

The first Android laptop is likely to become a reality very soon. Leaked images have just revealed the HP SlateBook 14, the first notebook that has surfaced so far running on Android only. It features a 14-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, it runs on an unspecified Nvidia Tegra chip, and is expected to feature a modern version of Android.

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?

source: Notebook Italia (translated) via Engadget



1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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)

11. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Thanks for sharing that. Good info

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Apr 21, 2014

Price it within 50$ of Chromebook with similar specs.

2. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

with size and battery this big.....I hope it is carrying Tegra k1......

26. Furbal unregistered

Yes please, and multi window built in

3. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

In Lord Vader's voice "impressive". Stupid HP-chasess was suppose to put webOS on everything. My Gollum voice.

4. MobileNico

Posts: 95; Member since: Aug 26, 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: 116; Member since: Nov 04, 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: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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... >.>

7. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Competition to chromebooks?

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

As if 8'' windows 8 tablets werent already weird, now this.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

This has so much more potential than Chromebooks imho

12. sefadziprince

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

why should I buy an android laptop when popular third party applications are very limited as compared to windows.

23. Kamehameha

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 21, 2014

Because price?

35. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Because price, battery life, instant on/off, root, and no Windows?

37. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Root access is a plus? Root access is the something has Administration rights on Windows PCs.

41. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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: Apr 21, 2014

"browsing the web and using productivity apps on a Chromebook will be a much better experience" How so?!

32. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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: Apr 21, 2014

What about offline games, offline media consumption, customization (for some people), productivity apps like Photoshop Touch etc.

27. Furbal unregistered

Chrome os is far more limited than android is from what I've seen with my toshiba.

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 246; Member since: Jan 23, 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: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Looks promising, I'd like to see more of this in person.

17. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Lenovo A10 is the first Android based Notebook

19. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I'm sticking to windows

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.

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