The HP SalteBook 14 is a notebook with a 14 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display, up to 9 hours of battery life and 2GB of RAM.

It also happens to feature an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and Google Android 4.3 Jelly Bean software instead of Windows.

First announced in June, the HP SlateBook 14 began shipping recently and you can pick one up for $430.

hp slatebook 14

Sure, you could probably save some money by picking up a Chromebook instead or two smaller Android tablets. But the SlateBook 14 is kind of a unique device for anyone who wants to run Android on a laptop without loading it themselves.

The notebook measures about 13.5″ 9.5″ x 0.6″ and weighs 3.7 pounds. It has 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 USB 3.0 port, HDMI and headset jacks, a micro SD card reader, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 16GB of solid state storage.

It’s a Google certified device which comes with access to the Google Play Store and other Google apps including Google Maps, Google Play Music, and more. It also includes some HP apps including HP Connected Photo and HP Connected Music.

Android may have been initially developed as an operating system for phones and tablets, but Google’s been bringing the software to additional devices including TVs, watches, and in-car systems. But Google continues to push Chrome OS for laptops and desktops and Android for… everything else. HP seems to think there’s still a place for Android laptops though.

Former Google Android team member Jean-Baptiste Quéru recently shared some first impressions of the SlateBook 14 and while most apps seem to run well there’s still room for improvement in font rendering and web browsing, among other things.

via PC World

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11 replies on “HP SlateBook 14 Android laptop is now shipping”

  1. Will it sync and function with my Android phone…can i tether my phone, and make calls through it, while running the apps that interface with the data on my phone?

  2. Samsung should release their Tizen in tablets and netbooks first. It would make a great alternative OS for both platforms

  3. Meh. Gimme a full Linux desktop on Arm fully supported by a vendor and I’d be excited.

    And MicroSD on a laptop? Really? No space on a LAPTOP for a full size SD slot?

    1. +1 for the full Linux desktop.

      Ideally, it should come with Android app compatibility, so that I can run all Android apps in windows together with my normal Linux applications.

      1. Been wondering why that hasn’t happened in general. Every Linux desktop should support Android apps. There are enough Intel based tablets that I’d think most apps should be ‘fat’ binaries and have any native code compiled for both major archs so that shouldn’t be a problem. The goofy/stupid misuse of the UID/GID should be solvable with the plethora of emulation, container, etc. tech these days as should the other non-standard kernel extensions. And a full GL desktop should have no problem hosting OpenGL ES applications.

        Linux (Linux/GNU/X) should become the superset of Android, traditional UNIX and through the currently pretty usable Wine, a lot of Windows apps… especially the current advances in gaming. Imagine what could be with a bit of a push. The dream is within reach. World Domination. I still have the old Linux Journal poster hanging from the grandiose/silly early trade show days.

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