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We got a brief glimpse of the HP SlateBook back in April. We were a bit confused as to why the consumer PC giant would cram Android into a form factor almost exclusively dominated by Windows and OS X machines. Now the 14-inch, Android-powered laptop is official, and we're no less puzzled. HP made the announcement today, though the laptop won't go on sale until July 20th in the US. The starting price for the 16GB model will be $399.

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First: this is a conventional laptop, not a tablet with a removable dock, like previous Android-powered members of the "Slatebook" line. It runs on ARM hardware, so the Android build isn't x86 as you might guess. Underneath the matte black shell with yellow trim lies an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor - plenty fast and powerful, but a bit long in the tooth since Tegra K1 devices will be hitting the market soon. It's paired to 2GB of RAM and 16, 32, or 64GB of storage, depending on the configuration, plus a MicroSD card reader. Since the press release says $429.99 and the promotional page says $399, I assume that the bumps in storage will start at a $30 premium. Also, the 16GB and 64GB models are marked "WiFi only," so a 32GB variant may be equipped with a SIM card slot and a mobile broadband radio at some point.

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At .63 inches thin and 3.75 pounds, the SlateBook is neither svelte nor bulky, though the striking yellow trim has a certain charm. The 10-point 14-inch touchscreen has a full 1080p resolution, which is practically a must for a 14" Android device, but a definite perk if you're looking at it as a laptop alone. 270 nits of brightness is about average for current laptops. Four Beats-certified speakers and an HD webcam round out the media options. Ports include a pair of USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and HDMI 1.4, and the laptop is equipped with Miracast for wireless displays. HP says the SlateBook will run for 9 hours on a charge.

The software is Android 4.3, and yes, it includes access to the Google Play Store. It seems HP has left the interface alone for the most part, including, strangely, the standard virtual navigation buttons on the touchscreen. It looks like there are quite a few pack-in items as well: HP's promo page shows an alternative game store, HP's cloud printing app, and several other icons.

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The real question is, why would anyone pick up the SlateBook over a similarly-priced laptop running Windows or even Chrome OS? HP alone makes several models in the same price range or lower, and this laptop would seem to compete directly with Samsung's new 13" Chromebook, also running on ARM hardware with a 1080p screen. True, there are more Android apps available than Chrome apps (which are essentially just web apps anyway), but very, very few of them are made to take full advantage of a keyboard or screens larger than 10 inches.

The SlateBook isn't the first laptop to run Android, but it is the first one to come from a major manufacturer with plans for wide distribution. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts - high sales will probably mean more SlateBook laptops at different price points, while low sales will mean this model becomes a footnote in Android's diverse history.

Source: HP

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 1, 2014) - HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced new milestones in the transformation of its consumer personal systems portfolio with a host of innovative form factors, and multiple operating system (OS) options, including a new notebook powered by Android.

Unique two-in-one PC designs, including two new 360° convertible PCs and a new detachable PC, give customers the performance and mobility they want and need. Additionally, HP's new Chromebook introduces new colors and designs for customers who want a quick and easy way to complete everyday tasks, while HP's new Android-based notebook makes popular Android apps available in a clamshell design.

"Customers have made it clear that they need devices that better adapt to work and play the way they do," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer Personal Systems, HP. "Today, we are announcing the next generation of laptops and two-in-one PCs, along with a new Chromebook that combine power, versatility and design for home and on the go."

Next-generation form factors
HP is extending its lineup of touch convertible PCs with the new HP ENVY x360 and the next-generation HP Pavilion x360, both of which enable customers to switch easily from a notebook to a stand, tent or tablet.

The HP ENVY x360 is ideal for customers looking for a high-performance PC that bridges the gap between work and play. Featuring a powerful Intel® Core™ processor, 15.6-inch diagonal Full HD(1) 10-point touch screen display, and the HP Control Zone™ trackpad that transforms the Windows 8.1 experience,(2) the HP ENVY x360 is designed to tackle any task, while its unique hinge enables users to seamlessly shift to tablet or tent mode for watching videos or playing games.

The HP Pavilion x360 has a 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen and is available in multiple colors for customers who want enhanced productivity and mobility at a value price. Built with the latest Intel or AMD processors, the HP Pavilion x360 keeps up with the most demanding tasks while delivering next-generation entertainment with a 10-point touch screen and Beats Audio™.

The evolution of the detachable PC
The HP Split x2 enables users to shift effortlessly from work to play by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device. Feature packed with a powerful Intel Core processor, a 10-point touchscreen display and an ultra-quiet fanless design, the HP Split x2 combines power and portability with the Windows 8.1 OS. With an advanced hinge design and optional dual battery system -- one battery in the base and one in the tablet -- users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back on this 13.3-inch detachable PC.

Expanding HP's Chrome and Android portfolio
HP is also expanding its Chrome and Android offerings with the new HP Chromebook and the HP SlateBook.

The HP Chromebook is a thin notebook with an11.6-inch diagonal HD(1) display that enables customers to quickly connect to their favorite websites, online music and videos,(3) and tens of thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store. The HP Chromebook is available in Snow White or Ocean Turquoise. Plus, up to six hours of battery life(4) makes the HP Chromebook PC an ideal companion for customers who want a stylish Chromebook at a great price.

The HP SlateBook is a sleek, lightweight Android-powered notebook that gives customers access to the more than 1 million Android apps and games on Google Play in a more productive form factor. Equipped with a 14-inch Full HD touch screen, this compact, 16-mm thin notebook provides up to nine hours of battery life.(5) An NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 mobile processor, plus integrated GeForce® graphics, means the notebook lets users keep up with tasks at the office, home or on the go.

Enhanced protection for consumers
HP SmartFriend now provides one-on-one assistance to help customers manage their privacy settings on social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, protect themselves from phishing and other online scams, and prevent third parties from tracking their online activities.

Pricing and availability

  • The HP ENVY x360 is expected to be available in the United States on June 11 for a starting price of $679.99.
  • The HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in the United States with an AMD A8 processor on July 9 and with an Intel Core i3 processor on July 20 for starting prices of $629.99 and $599.99, respectively.
  • The HP Split x2 is expected to be available in the United States on June 29 for a starting price of $599.99.
  • The HP Chromebook is expected to be available in the United States in July for a starting price of $279.99.
  • The HP SlateBook is expected to be available in the United States on July 20 for a starting price of $429.99.
Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Zyre

    Why not Chrome OS?

    • joser116

      Actually, HP released a Chromebook alongside this Android laptop.

  • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

    Is that the Chrome OS launcher...on Android?

    • vyktorsouza

      I believe it's just a folder, no?! the "Google" folder on stock launcher

      • anees

        thats defo not a folder looks identical to a chrome os launcher

        • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

          It's a folder

          • joser116

            Nope, it's not. I own a Chromebook and that is definitely the Chrome OS launcher in that Android laptop. Notice the search bar on top and the blue scroll bar on the bottom for pagination. It also has the app icons in the same default order as the Chrome OS launcher.

          • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

            Look at the shots of the UI in the article - it shows Jelly Bean status bar, a Google search widget for the homescreen, the bottom dock like in Android, and an app drawer button

            And the folder is exactly the same as on Android when you first set up your device - it has the same white background and icon grid

          • 0.8ight

            Not at all! Actually it's exactly like the Chrome Launcher, not an Android folder.

          • joser116

            Why are we even arguing about this? It is pretty clear this is the Chrome OS app launcher. I know that the OS in the screenshot is Android, I know that. It's just that HP photoshopped the Chrome OS launcher into the Android screenshot. This is what we have been trying to say. The screenshot is of Android but HP photoshopped the Chrome OS app launcher part into it. I am not saying that the whole launcher is of Chrome OS.

          • Justin W

            Might have to zoom a bit, but you can clearly see it has the Chrome Web Store in the launcher (not folder). Why would an Android device have a link to the Chrome web store in a folder, when the Chrome app for Android can't use any of those extension (let alone even see the items in the store from Mobile)?

          • Guest

            A folder with the Chrome Web Store? It's obviously the Chrome launcher.

      • joser116

        Nope, that's the Chrome OS launcher for sure.

      • Guest

        Nope, it has the blue slider thing at the bottom exactly like Chrome OS:

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      • http://www.corbindavenport.com/ Corbin Davenport

        Nope, definitely the Chrome OS launcher:
        http://i.imgur.com/Un9ga8f.png

        • vyktorsouza

          it really does look like it, odd

        • Kylecore

          did you guys even look at the pictures in the article?

          http://cdn.androidpolice.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/nexusae0_prod_1_tcm_245_16219831.jpg

          Its the default home screen on android, the launch has the app drawer in the middle and the background of an open Google folder is white, like its supposed to be. It looks nothing like Chrome OS launcher... seriously look.Oh the tabbed folder pages, yeah might be themed by HP, of the search in folder, might also be themed by HP. As for everything else its clearly android

          • Jeune Sekwa

            It's obviously Android with a Chrome App Drawer...

          • Kylecore

            Its how GEL naturally handles folders containing 16+ apps. On a phone it ends up opening your giant folder in to what appears to be an app drawer. However on tablet, similar to the 14 inch behemoth above takes an folder with 16+ icons and allows pages within the folder itself since the screen real estate allows for it to do so. Its not a chrome drawer in android or anything to do with chrome, its just how GEL handles large folders by nature.
            Reference : http://www.androidios.com/android-4-4-kitkat-a-detailed-summary-of-news-through-words-and-photos/

          • Jeune Sekwa

            I have a Nexus 5 so I know how it handles folders, and can say it's definitely not the same. Did you look at the pictures? Look again! Search for "Chrome App Drawer" in Google Images.

            How do you explain the Chrome Web Store ? Why is there a search bar like the Chrome App Drawer (don't ever make sense in a folder)? Why is there a blue bar at the bottom like Chrome ? Why the old Google+ icon like Chrome? Gmail icon like Chrome? Why a Slides app that only exists on Chrome, not Android? Why is the design 100% like Chrome?

            This is 100% the Chrome App Drawer!

          • Kylecore

            A nexus 5 is not a tablet nor a screen with 14 inches
            I have a nexus 7, it looks like the picture above.
            Next time read my response before you post your own.

          • STVNR

            You're wrong my friend and you know it.

          • joser116

            I think you are getting confused. We are not saying that the screenshot is not of Android. It is. What we are saying is that HP included the Chrome OS app drawer within the screenshot.

          • Justin W

            So, why does a device running Android have the Chrome Web Store in this "folder" you say looks like the GEL folder? They copy-pasta'd the ChromeOS launcher.

          • heat361

            As a person who uses chrome os daily I can assure you that is the chrome os "app launcher" as the chrome devs call it. I have no idea why it is on the android launcher perhaps someone at HP accidentally photoshopped it in .

    • Rob

      What if, and thats less than a guess, only an idea, but what if hp has ported the full desktop version of Chrome to Android, including the option to use apps, extensions and the app-launcher (the Chrome app-launcher is not Chrome OS exclusive, you can use it on Windows as well)? A desktop-class Chrome with apps makes more sense on a notebook than the crippled Android-version... this would be a quit nice hybrid of Chrome OS and Android. But it could also be simply a lazy photoshop from hp... But man, I'd love to see a full version of Chrome with apps and everything on something like a Transformer

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    So you mean to tell me that this model will actually be released only in black and yellow? What the heck, HP? Why is it so hard for you to make a PITCH BLACK device?

  • ajax

    Seems like HP has got loads of 14 chasis, they are loading em with whatever os they find! LOL

    Android is not optimized for mouse/touch pad experience. Not sure how google ok with this.
    Combine this with Nvidia, who ditch their hardware at such fast rate, the updates are going to suck for this device.

    There were many such hardware in past by the chinese manufacturers, hard to this being a success in market

  • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

    I've been hoping for something like this for a while, honestly. While I do very much like Chrome OS, the more I rely on Android, the more I feel like it's getting closer and closer to being a viable replacement for a desktop OS. I agree that it's not quite there YET, but I feel like it's more mature overall, and with better offline support, than Chrome OS. A shame, really, because Chrome OS is pretty slick.

    That said, I generally stay away from HP products. But hopefully this is a sign of a real trend, and more importantly, hopefully this matches a potential effort on Google's part to shift in this direction. I wouldn't replace my main computers with Chrome OS, but with enough extra functions in core Android to allow for it, I'd consider Android.

  • MSmith79

    Why would the author be puzzled by this? Android is a great os and there's no reason it should be limited to tablets and phones. I've been wanting an android laptop for a while now.

    • Mantas

      There is definitely a reason: no real multitasking. It's great on tablets and phones, but until there's some kind of usable native multitasking, it's not ready for laptops.

      • MSmith79

        Definitely disagree with that statement

        • Sasquatch4ever

          You can't just say "I disagree" without providing reasoning, that's pointless.

          • http://www.scottcolbert.com/ ScottColbert

            This is the internet, where opinions are facts, and reason is treason.

          • MSmith79

            What do you mean I can't? I just did it. Point is, Android multi-tasking works great and has for years, so to say that there isn't any kind of usable multitasking doesn't make sense. It needs some clarification to it in order to have a reasonable discussion about it. If he's referring to having multiple windows viewable at the the same time, I have a few counters to that. Some custom and manufacturer roms do that already, but admittedly not as well as on Windows. But really, on a home pc with a small screen that's not needed or helpful to majority of the population anyway. On a work pc, absolutely. At home on a small screen...not needed for most. Regardless though...multi-tasking is alive and present.

      • Josh

        I would have to say, for the most part, 99% of people do not need real multitasking. They check email, facebook, some flash games, and go about their lives. There are very few who use real multitasking, if you really need it, you will know how to use it on Android or install an OS that has it on top of the hardware.

        • MyLeftNut

          Well, that's there' no such as thing a true multitasking or rather humans can't really multitask in that way that computers can. What does it matter if I pull up two pages at once when my brain can only process one at a time. Sure you can listen to music and read a book (that's was my default study mode all through college) but no one can open can open word and excel side-by-side and utilize both simultaneous (well maybe that guy who could read two books at once).

          There are use cases, but as long as a it can run multiple processes at once unlike iOS, where my attempt to download comics in comixology means I never leave the app, then I think most people are fine.

          • tik27

            Well i can think of couple simple things that you will want "multi-window multitasking"
            1. Referring to one email while writing another...
            2. Looking at your online bank statement, while balancing your checkbook in another app
            3. looking a research notes(evernote, web whatever) while writing a document.
            All those things are annoying to do when you have to flip screens and find your place every time. and they are things a lot of people do when they are not playing games, or looking at facebook

        • MyLeftNut

          Having said that though, I should point out that most people conflate multitasking with the ability to open multiple windows at the same time. Android can already multitask, in the truest sense of the word.

          My friend, who crunches numbers all day, would argue for multi-window all day. She always has two or more pages open when she works and can enter data into one page without ever looking away from the other pages. I doubt, however, that this laptop is targeted at professionals like her.

          • Mantas

            >ability to open multiple windows at the same time. Android can >already multitask, in the truest sense of the word.

            Since when? You cannot open multiple windows at the same time. You can switch between open windows, but you can't open two at the same time.

            And buying a laptop instead of a tablet is implying that you actually need to do more than just checking emails and facebook. It's usually when you have to do actual work. And doing actual work is definitely an area in witch android sucks, let's be honest here.

          • MyLeftNut

            Seriously, Can you read? You can't just quote two different parts of my comment out of context. I specifically said that people often confuse opening multiple windows with multitasking (which is incidentally what you're doing by misquoting me). I said that while most Android devices don't allow for multi-window they do allow for multitasking in the basest meaning of the word.

            ps - it is possible to open multiple windows in Android, it's just that most devices do not support this feature. Not available =/= Nonexistent.

          • Mantas

            You have a very strange understanding of the word... Multitasking or "multiple tasks" heavily implies of doing multiple activities at the same time, e.g watching a video and reading something, or replying to an sms. If you think it means anything else you should re-read the word...

            On android you specifically can do one task at the time. When you are done with it you can switch back to whatever you where doing. There is no way of doing two things at the same time.

            And what devices support this feature? If you mean samsung, then it's not Android that has it - it's touchwiz.

            We are talking about the usability of Android on a laptop. If it's not available then it basically equals "nonexistent", because you just can't use it. This laptop does not become "better" just because some form of android has multiwindow.

          • Di

            Don't be stupid. Are you implying that on android you can't listen to music and read or listen to music in a separate app while also playing a game simultaneously? Or how about downloading an file/song/video/attachment in one app while using another app? The download doesn't stop until you come back to that app like it mostly does in iOS. If that's not doing multiple tasks at once then what is it exactly. You just proved her point that some people confuse the ability to open multiple windows with multitaskaing. Why don't you go back and reread what multitasking means before you try to school someone and look like a fool.

            Also all of sudden touchwiz isn't android? Lol. Touchwiz is built off of aosp and we all know damn well all skins fall under thecatch-all term android. Unless you are specifically talking about vanilla android, which was never the point of discussion.

  • Tony Byatt

    The hardware looks good, especially with different color options...

    Not sure about the software though...

  • Will S.

    It looks nice, but just why would anyone choose this over a similarly price tablet or a Windows laptop?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

      ^ this

      • Allen

        No.. Why would you choose a windows laptop over this is the question

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

          Why would I choose Android over anything?

          • Will S.

            I've a had a think since I've written that comment and as Allen said; what can you really do on a similarly priced Windows device beyond browsing the web?

          • Allen

            I'm not sure. I've happily lived the past few years of my life without Windows and I don't know why anyone would have any use for it, but that's just me.

            In fact, my Nexus 5 gets every job done for me. Android on a laptop is just a bonus with the keyboard and larger screen.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

          Oh, sorry dude. I just noticed the website. Will S. usually comments in other places so I just replied him without checking the website. Don't take my previous comment seriously.

          • Will S.

            I would tell anyone down here you love Microsoft and hate Google lol

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1QCbXCezNc DH Dog

            What are they going to do? Arrest me? Fuck the police!

    • hairyback

      I would. Android has some fantastic apps that Chrome OS doesn't and are a quarter of the price of their windows equivalent. Take Ivona for example- free on google play, $100 on windows. I could list a hundred different apps like this. Throw in Amazon's free app of the day and you can get some good deals.

      The other day I installed Android in virtual box on my pc to gain access to some apps that I can't even run in windows, but unfortunately the whole ARM vs Intel thing made the apps all but useless.

  • sgtguthrie

    *confused*

  • Kawshik Ahmed

    Why can't we have a Android-Chrome OS hybrid Laptop

  • Rob Mahon

    I look forward to picking one of these up for 99bucks when they're being cleared out.

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    This shows why Google needs to somehow unify Chrome OS and Android.

    • allen

      Um.. That's being done.

  • Fer

    Another lagtop ew...

  • Allen

    Why is anyone stupid enough to argue whether this is Chrome or Android? Its Android 4.2, end of story. 4.2 does not have white folders, it is the Chrome app launcher. Chrome and Android are being merged you dummies, that's what I/O is about this year.

    • Allen

      I call you all dummies with love <3

  • sggetcvju

    I have chrome OS, I have android tablet, and this is bullshit. why? it has both google play store icon and chrome app store icon so you all lose your mind. Stay calm. Maybe it's a mutant android with chrome browser app which has chrome app drawer and it turns into green when it's mad. Can't it be?

  • sggetcvju

    it's not chrome OS app drawer, it's Chrome BROWSER app drawer. now go to your beds.

    • miri

      While you have a point, Chrome and CrOS's app launchers are slightly different. Paying mind to the distinction, that is the CrOS launcher.

  • Daniel Collins

    If this device can be rooted and hacked, this will be amazing.

  • Alexandre Leites

    I can't even survive with 2gb ram in a small phone. Hell no for a laptop, hp failed again in this market. Next move.

  • Himmat Singh

    That's the silliest thing anyone should be buying. $400 for a 16GB laptop, with a paltry 2GB of RAM and a soon-to-be underpowered Tegra 4 processor? No. Thank. You.

    • Marcus Winchester

      Buhhh.....it has Chrome OS. That's all it needs

  • joe merchant

    HP 15-D008TU Laptop is good for basic works. You can do all your computing task well on this laptop. Go to flipkart.com to purchase this laptop now.

    http://www.flipkart.com/hp-15-d008tu-laptop-4th-gen-pqc-2gb-500gb-win8-1/p/itmdtpfywffgpsfa?affid=sandeepsem

  • Bruno

    This is a beautiful computer, Yellow, Slim, nice black, nice contours, and runing android. This is a great thing, Playing my games on my computer is what i want. I can't play my Android games on my Windows PC, And I always wondered if something like an Android Computer would be possible. Here it is.

  • Bruno

    Wait Wait wait, It has Beats Audio inside... http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/slatebook/overview.html

    I bought it, then asked for refund right after I discovered this from HP website, Thank You Best Buy.

  • Scott Gibbs

    I'm guessing this runs the mobile version of the Chrome browser so I have a very dumb "non-techie" question, so don't beat on me too bad. I'm just your average joe consumer ;). If you request the desktop site in a mobile browser does that slow things down significantly or is there little to no difference? I only ask because I'm considering replacing my Chromebook with this laptop and I would like to use Chrome to surf the web as a "normal" desktop browser. Especially when it comes to Google Drive. I want to be able to write and edit documents the same way I do on my Chromebook. I've only used Docs on my Chromebook, never on an Android device, so I don't really know how big of a difference there is.

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