Need a bigger screen to run your favorite Android apps? It appears HP 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; this device runs Google Android software.
The touchscreen notebook is powered by a quad-core Nvidia chip, although HP doesn’t specify which Tegra processor is used. The 14-inch display is “full HD”, which I take to be at least 1920 x 1080 resolution. Beats Audio is touted and I noticed a special key to switch between Android apps on the keyboard. There are several USB ports as well as an HDMI interface for viewing content on an external display.
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.
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.