Google Android: It’s not just for phones… or tablets… or TV boxes… or watches anymore. HP is getting ready to launch a 14 inch notebook powered by Google’s Android operating system.
It’s called the HP SlateBook 14 and as the name suggests, it’s 14 inch laptop with a touchscreen display. What makes it different from most notebooks is that this model is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor and Google Android software.
The SlateBook 14 reportedly features a 14 inch, full HD touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage.
It has a microSD card slot, HDMI port, 3 USB ports, audio jack, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and Bluetooth. It also features Beats Audio and has a a keyboard with dedicated keys for Android functions such as Home and Recent Apps.
The notebook runs Google Android and features access to the Google Play Store, which means you should be able to access over a million Android apps.
There are still a few things we don’t know. HP hasn’t announced the price or launch date for the laptop yet, and it’s not clear which NVIDIA quad-core processor the SlateBook 14 uses. It could be a Tegra 4 chip, but it could also be the new NVIDIA Tegra K1.
While the HP SlateBook 14 will hardly be the first Android laptop to his the streets, it’s one of the first from a big-name PC maker since the Toshiba AC100 10 inch notebook launched in 2010.
Google tends to push Chrome OS for notebook and desktop computers while suggesting device makers use Android on phones and tablets. But the fact that HP is promising access to the Google Play Store on the SlateBook 14 suggests that the company has Google’s blessing to load Android on this laptop.