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OEMs have tried a few times to make Android work in the notebook form factor, but the closest anyone has gotten is the Transformer line from Asus. Those are tablets first, though. The HP Slatebook 14 is a straight-up laptop running Android, and it's starring in a video demo posted by HP. Update: It looks like HP wasn't ready to spill the beans quite yet. It pulled the video from its site for the time being.

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There's no way to know when this device will be announced, but the video has been posted on HP's video page – so it's a real thing. Full specs aren't available as of yet, but the video lays out the main points. We're looking at a 14-inch full HD touchscreen (probably 1080p, then) with a microSD card slot, HDMI port, 3 USB ports, and audio jack. The keyboard is the same you'd find on HP's Windows offerings, but with some keys repurposed for Android functions. The exact Tegra chip inside isn't specified, so it's either Tegra 4 or Tegra K1. The latter would obviously be more exciting, but I feel like the video would make a bigger deal of that.

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This appears to be a full Googley version of Android with all the Play services built-in. The underlying version is not apparent, but the app drawer still has a widget tab and the status icons are blue. That indicates we're looking at some version of Jelly Bean, not KitKat. Design-wise, the SlateBook 14 actually looks pretty nice with a snazzy yellow frame and large trackpad. We'll have to see what HP has to say about this device when the time comes.

[Notebook Italia, HP – Thanks, Marco]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • hp420

    Cool, but I think it would look a lot better with bugdroid-green accents. If this comes in under $300 it'll be a knock-out!

    • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

      Agreed. I think the price is going to be the sticking point here. I originally was thinking I don't know who this is for....then a few second later it hit me. My wife, she has a win 8 PC and all she does is use the browser and Netflix. realistically this would be a better screen (even if it's a bit smaller) And she already knows how it works since it uses Android (we are an android family, just gave my GS3 to my 4yr old)

      • hp420

        I think you're right. This is going to target the demographic who will already will benefit from using ChromeOS. This seems like just another option, if not maybe a little extra functionality, since android is so much more mature than ChromeOS. This is the exact reason I've never understood why Google is focusing on two operating systems when they share so many similarities, but android is just so much more versatile!

        • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

          I've seen them as two different OS's with different purposes but really a merger sounds good. IF Android is going to be king. Chrome is good in it's own right but Android should probably be the OS and Chrome should probably function as the application layer. Chromecast for example functions on top of android and that seems to work wonders.

    • Transflux

      Bugdroid Green? How about the option of that, Holo Blue, and Holo White?

  • Talker

    But... What about ChromeOS then?

    • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

      What ABOUT ChromeOS?

    • Derik Taylor

      I imagine this is HP trying to test the waters with all its options. I don't foresee Chrome OS going away anytime soon.

  • dirtyid

    It's something, but I don't know what's more aggravating, chromeos without apps, or android without chrome extensions. Just merge them already.

    • Syukri Lajin

      jellybean instead of kitkat. lol.

      • http://www.smsnetwork.org/ Mikael Jakobsson

        Am agree kitkat should have make it awsome but is still a prettly nice product i think.

    • oldarney

      But... ChromeOS has apps. I'm talking full fledged, C# apps using NaCl. That said, in android, the need for extensions isn't as great when you have a strong set of apps.

      • susan596

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  • Cornel Ungureanu

    dual booting will be a pleasure...

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    I wonder how much it will cost

  • AOSPrevails

    Jelly Bean in 2014, how about no?

    • Mayoo

      +1

      • someone755

        +1 on a site that offers up- and downvotes. How about no?

        • Mayoo

          Ok I'll do the thinking for you since you can't go further than 1st degree.

          I upvoted him, then posted the image and since there is a mandatory comment that has to be entered, I wrote "+1" since I had nothing to say except to share the picture.

          • someone755

            Okay, two things:
            1st: Why does nobody here like my sarcasm? Relax, I'm not offending you.

            2nd: Even if I wasn't sarcastic, there was no picture for me when I replied.
            Insulting random people for no reason? Oh, we got ourselves a badass here, look how tough and cool you look.
            :C

          • Mayoo

            Edited to remove the insult part. I think you are right and I apologize. But you know, insulting me back makes you no better.

          • uniquename72

            Honestly, I don't care enough about you to scroll up and figure out WTF you're talking about.

            I DO care enough about you to tell you to get over yourself.

          • someone755

            Oh look, another wannabe-badass.
            You cared enough to read and reply. Your comment is therefore stupid and worthless. Maybe it is a symbol of how your life is.
            Tl;dr: don't reply if you don't care. And don't ever go full retard.

          • Areyousure

            That's exactly what upvotes are for, to get rid of useless/cluttery comments like yours.

    • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

      Maybe they're too lazy to implement SD cards with KitKat? That is the only logical explanation. But this is HP, so logic can go out the window. I say this because they spent all of that money on webOS and then basically threw it away.

  • Jess L

    God I need a job!! WANT!

  • Mayoo

    At 0:32, a video is playing while the button allows "play" not "pause". The hand presses on "play" it and it nothing happens.

    Yeah I'm nearding out on this ... or it's another non-printer HP product ...

  • Zlatty

    You know this is going to have more bloatware than a Samsung phone. I wouldn't mind seeing this laptop with a custom ROM.

    • Toby Farley

      I own an HP Slate 21 Pro and a Samsung Galaxy 10.1 2014. The Slate 21 Pro only has a couple of non standard apps as opposed to the Galaxy. It is really a straight up plain Jane Android. The screen shot above looks just like the home screen on the Slate 21 Pro.

  • mLogician

    Merge Chrome OS and Android.

    • hoosiercub88

      No.. just make Chrome in Android better and full-featured.

    • Jadephyre

      Worst Idea ever.

    • uniquename72

      This. I want a Chromebook, but also want the Android ecosystem.

      Chrome can do nothing that Android can't. Android can do a great deal that Chrome can't. It's ridiculous to have your laptop OS be LESS full-featured than you phone OS.

  • Luka Mlinar

    What about storage?

  • http://infotainmentempire.blogspot.com Rob

    I'm guessing the last sentence of the first paragraph should be "starring" and not staring?

    Not sure about the color - I kinda hate it but I kinda love it.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Ugh, that yellow color! Yuck! I hope they'd have some other colors too

  • Ryan Callihan

    No KitKat on this would be such a huge mistake. Kinda interested though...

    • hoosiercub88

      Why is that specifically? Just because it's not on the latest version? Or because there's something specifically about KitKat that you'd see as useful in a laptop form factor?

      • Ryan Callihan

        Just the basic optimization of memory usage and everything else that came along with KitKat would vastly improve the performance of this laptop. Here we are ~6 months after KitKat was released, and it'd be a shame to leave it out. Not to mention the benefit of immersive mode for a full screen experience on the laptop. Now that I think about it... I'm not sure why they included a navbar if there are hardware keys for those actions. Anyway, I'm not saying this device will need optimization (I'm sure it'll be somewhat of a powerhouse) but every device could benefit from the performance improvements of KitKat.

        • hoosiercub88

          Possible performance improvements aside, they've essentially broken external SD support. That's something that would probably be highly valued in a device like this, which KitKat would be no good for. Immersive mode would be nice, but I get the feeling that this isn't an entirely stock version of Android, and will probably include features like that built-in, in there own way.

          • Ryan Callihan

            Good point. Sorry, I'm a Nexus/Moto X user, so I always forget about SD capability (or lack thereof). However, I don't think that keeping it on JB for the rest of its life is an even tradeoff just for SD card support. That's just one of those things that we have to accept and move on from. I don't think Google is bound to reverse that anytime soon.

          • hoosiercub88

            I'm a MotoX user myself, and honestly it's something that I miss a lot. I love the phone but I do miss external storage. It's a handy thing to have, something simple and user-expandable. I don't know why there's such an army against people and popular phones having this capability.

            I don't see Google reversing it either, but something needs to change.. either we get phones no smaller than 32Gb internal, or Google allows ExternalSD to be supported in Android natively again, just change the way it handles the formatting of the card. Rather than building anything system related on it, make it solely for media, or optional application installs <--- Something I don't do myself because why? I have a 32Gb phone and prior I had a 32Gb phone with an ExtSD. That said.. phones with 16Gb of storage internally, should be extinct. Everyone wants to look at Samsung here as the only proprietor of filling up the internal storage but every smartphone manufacturer does it for better or worse. A 16Gb iPhone is not a 16Gb iPhone.. it's more like a 10-11Gb iPhone, very similar to a Galaxy S in regards to usable space/OS crowding... but Samsung is the only name to get named.

          • Ryan Callihan

            I agree! I personally use 16 GB devices because I'm cheap and I just deal with it, but you're right. Devices should be advertised with usable storage AND come in 32GB+. Samsung gets a bad rep because theirs takes up the most space... which is unacceptable. Everyone does it because it has to be done to a certain extent, but they take it to an extreme.
            http://cdn.androidbeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2-Mobile-storage-space-01.jpg

          • RTWright

            Finally someone I can agree with 100% and has common sense! All devices now days need to have minimum of 32GB, no reason not to. I also believe firmly that Android should support SD's no matter if Google likes it that way or not, because hardware OEM's could alter the software to handle it no problem. Not to mention, like you said here already, all they need to do is fix how Android handles the format. I'll never understand why on earth they chose FAT32, when NTSF would have been a hell of a lot better and is still viewable across all platforms. Heck, even the native Unix/Linux formatting would have been just fine...

          • oldarney

            Broken? You mean fixed it. SD cards haven't been officially supported since froyo. Everyone just implemented a permissions hack to make it work. With KitKat, apps can now finally use it with native API's. With the small caveat of not being able to trash the SD card's root directory.

          • hoosiercub88

            or write to other folders on the card...

      • gacl

        The bleeding edge experimental Android enthusiasts considering an Android laptop want the cool bleeding edge version of Android, not the old crusty version that can run the basics.

  • Mike

    $100 - $200 and this thing would sell like hotcakes, but will probably be in the $300 - $400 range in which it will sell probably pretty average. At that point why wouldn't you just buy a transformer with the keyboard dock?

    Basically, price is going to make or break this, pretty much like everything else.

    • donjamal

      would not buy it even for that money. android for me it's okay on phones, smaller tabs, but on a laptop?! c'mon...

      • hoosiercub88

        It'll have just as much as utility as a Chromebook, plus quite a bit more since it'll run native applications. I don't see why people are freaking out about it.

    • gacl

      You are thinking of people buying these like Chromebooks as cheap novelties or throwaways. Others want to try out Android as a more serious Win/Mac/Linux replacement and want a more premium device to do that.

    • tekfr33kn

      HP rarely goes for cheap, unless you are talking about printers where they can profit from the ink. The price point should be in the $250 - $350 range but it's likely that HP will try and ask for $400+ which will make this little endeavor a no-go. Then they will point back at all of us and say, "See, no one wants a laptop with Android".

    • uniquename72

      "At that point why wouldn't you just buy a transformer with the keyboard dock?"

      Size.

  • Chris X

    Why? I don't get it. Stupid HP.

  • TicordWile

    Wiz Khalifa is going to love this

  • thelionk

    I want Android on my PC. I'm ready to move past Windows and to Android. Sure, there would need a bit of time for Android apps to adapt to the new UI context of a PC, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too much work that it would happen pretty fast. There is already so much useful apps, you have File Explorers, Music Players, Movie Players, Browsers, Games, Office Suites, Archive Managers, Email Clients, FTP Clients, Programming IDEs, Notes apps, ToDos, Calendars, Instant Messengers, etc.

    I know there's technical issues. Having to support an incredible range of new hardware, probably requiring a kind of driver scheme which Android kind of lacks. But there would be many benefits, namely, a free OS. A free OS with the financial support of a giant company like Google.

    But there are also many concepts that the PC would benefit from a mobile OS. Support for touch is one of them. It would be awesome to remote into a PC from a tablet, but instead of having the shitty mismatch of a touch UI to a keyboard/mouse UI, the OS could switch into touch mode UI, and it would seamlessly work on your tablet or phone.

    Another big one is always on mentality with push notifications. The "sleep" concept of Windows and Linux doesn't work like on Android. On Android, your phone is sleeping, but things can still happen, like Push Notifications. I'd love these features on a PC or laptop.

    • hoosiercub88

      I just want dual-booting so I can natively run an installation of Android on my custom built Windows PC. Bluestacks works, but isn't all that great, and it can be a pain in the butt, nevermind the fact that it's still on gingerbread.

      • Hobie Helbich

        You guys may want to check this out:

        http://www.android-x86.org/

        You can install a full Android image on a flash drive, and then boot from the flashdrive into a full-fledged version of Android on any computer!! And it actually runs very smoothly.

        Or you can use Andy, which runs in a virtual machine inside of Windows. I find it extremely slow... but maybe that's just me.

        http://www.andyroid.net/

  • thelionk

    I think the Transformer was a better idea. What I'd like is a laptop whose screen is removable from the keyboard. It shouldn't have a trackpad, you don't need it, it's just wasted and annoying space. The important part is to have it all be really light and thin.

    If anyone has tried the combination of an iPad Air and the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Folio case, then you know what I'm talking about. There's also the combo of Galaxy Tab/Note 12.2 and Logitech Pro Keyboard case.

    Once you use a combo like this, you realise that you just don't need a laptop anymore. It makes the tablet so much more productive having the keyboard, but also so much easier to be held over your legs, belly or a table. It works as a protective case, and it let's you use it both as a tablet or as a laptop. Trackpads are a broken experience on tablets, so not having one is actually better, you start to get used to using the screen for navigation and keyboard for typing, shortcuts and quick navigation. The keyboard being bluetooth also is great, for when you want to turn the whole thing into a keyboard/mouse combo and have the screen further away or connected to a bigger display. Oh, and it's better than a laptop, because it is lighter, thinner and has better battery life, always on and of course, can still be used as a tablet when you need it to.

    • uniquename72

      I have a Transformer Prime, and can't remember the last time I disconnected it from the keyboard. I'd consider this laptop, but not from HP.

  • gacl

    I am dying for a nice Android laptop. I'd like to try doing various document work and maybe even some programming on an Android laptop or maybe port some of my favorite tools to Android. I use Ubuntu as my daily working laptop, but I'd like to experiment with using an Android laptop for productivity. I'd prefer premium specs/price over budget specs/price.

  • Gaja

    What's that wallpaper on the laptop? I like it very much..

  • Matthew Fry

    "... and it's staring starring in a video demo posted by HP."

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/pamela-hill/ Pamela Hill

      Got it, thanks!

  • renz

    how about putting pure linux instead of android or ChromeOS?

  • Marc

    Google are probably looking at the best way to combine Google Now and Chrome.

    If all my updates from my favourite websites were available in Google Now, then I'd never have to bother with subscribing, installing apps, clicking bookmarks or browsing Google News. That would cut down on my browsing time as well as data usage.

    Chrome could then be pitched at a different angle since it would be used in a different way.
    Check the latest Chrome Android beta uppdate... You can see the huge Google logo in the middle which makes me think that perhaps a embedded Chrome to the home screen is on the cards.

  • Kehnin Dyer

    i have been wondering when an android laptop would come out. They should use all that nice extra space to put a nice big battery in there. i want 48hrs screen time :p

  • Bart

    There's a reason Windows owns the laptop world. Who wants a laptop with an operating system restricted to tablet definitions? Just ditched my galaxy tab 10.1 last week, my nexus 7 before that and my iPad before that for a Venue 11 pro tablet. Why? Because it's the best of everything! Full blown no restrictions OS in an ultra portable package.

  • firesoul453

    Its too bulky to replace what I use a tablet for, and it cannot do what a laptop can. So I really see no use for this (atleast for me).

  • Toby Farley

    I have an HP Slate 21 Pro desktop and this looks like they have just taken that basic model and turned it into a laptop. I love my Slate 21. I will own one of these.

  • firesoul453

    Ya but this is probably for people who don't have or need a full laptop

  • Bruno

    Beats audio inside... that's a sad thing

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