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



40. sefadziprince

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Does that mean i can install Asphalt 8 on the notebook?

38. Leonis

Posts: 338; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

33. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This, office suite pro, floating browser, floating widget, spotify, slacker, netflix, YES!

31. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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: 87; Member since: Sep 11, 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.

25. cse.vicky unregistered

Basically a laptop for chatting on whatsapp with keyboard ?

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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 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.

19. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

I'm sticking to windows

17. rockers123

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 08, 2013

Lenovo A10 is the first Android based Notebook

16. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

14. Chris_Bakke

Posts: 247; 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.

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.

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.

10. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

This has so much more potential than Chromebooks imho

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

7. htcforlife

Posts: 73; Member since: Apr 15, 2014

Competition to chromebooks?

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... >.>

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