HP’s SlateBook PC isn’t a “PC,” it’s a 14-inch Android laptop

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Need a bigger screen to run your favorite Android(s goog) apps? It appears HP(s hpq) is willing to oblige. The company hasn’t announced anything official yet but is showing off a 14-inch notebook computer called the HP SlateBook PC. And by PC, HP doesn’t mean it runs Microsoft Windows(s msft); this device runs Google(s goog) Android software.

hp slatebook 14 open

Liliputing found details about the HP SlateBook 14 PC from Notebook Italia, which also spotted this video of the device on HP’s site:

Since HP says the SlateBook PC has access to the Google Play store, this notebook isn’t running a forked version of Android. That means HP is licensing Google’s apps and services for the laptop; you won’t need any third-party app stores or have to manually install (sideload) apps.

hp slatebook 14 back

With 2 GB of memory and 16 GB of internal storage, the SlateBook PC hardware isn’t that much different from Google Chromebooks. In fact, HP makes a 14-inch laptop that runs the Chrome OS.

In light of that, I’m a bit surprised HP is even considering an Android notebook because the operating system is optimized for mobile use while Chrome OS is more akin to a desktop environment. Even Google would likely admit that about the two operating systems, but clearly it doesn’t mind that HP is taking the Android route since it let the company license Google Android apps for the computer.

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dacree

Having Windows installed isn’t what makes a thing a PC.

Dean Howell

Only 2gigs ram? My phone has 3, so I expect more from a laptop.

Raitis Upens

Yes, it looks great, but pointless without mouse. Maybe 360 flip display would be reasonable, but this is really stupid, isn’t it?

rannxerox

My company has been testing ChromeBooks for use as inexpensive mobile thin clients. These actually look a lot more useable and would work within our MDM solution.

frank

not all android apps are friendly to landscape orientation. i find myself often turning my tablets between landscape and portrait. hopefully this has built in software to properly orient apps for the display, otherwise i am trying to picture how odd these will look folded open sitting up on their side like an open book

mr dave

NIce! Love the design. Looking forward to a full review. When do you think they’ll be out and what’s the expected price?

Vi Matson

If they make a version with a wireless radio and a GPS chip, I would think that they would do great by it! There are a lot of road warriors, like me, out there that only need a mobile browser that isn’t a tiny taper.

Btw, I work with HP techs.

Kevin C. Tofel

Wait: You work with HP techs and you’re asking me if there will be an LTE model?!? ;) Agree, it would be very beneficial to have integrated mobile broadband in this device.

Vi Matson

Ha ha, good one, but these guy’s don’t keep up with this stuff. They service IT data centers mostly, and a lot of IT departments for chain stores.

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