HP SlateBook 14: a standard laptop that runs Android
By Jane McCallion
Posted on 28 Apr 2014 at 15:59
Would you use a laptop running Android - and only Android?
A leaked video suggests HP is working on a traditional laptop running only Google's mobile OS.
That device is an Android tablet that docks into a keyboard to become a laptop. However, the leaked model looks to be a basic laptop, rather than a convertible, suggesting HP thinks people would be happy typing away into Android.
Such devices were predicted by Intel: last year, outgoing CEO Paul Otellini said switching to Google's mobile OS would help PC makers cut laptop prices to the $200 mark.
OpinionAndroid has appeared on a variety of hybrid devices, but it’s never felt at home with a keyboard and touchpad – very few apps are designed with them in mind. If the price is low enough, some users will be swayed by the Slatebook 14’s Full HD screen, striking looks and long battery life, but with Atom-powered Windows 8 devices costing as little as £200, the HP will need to be very cheap indeed.
Other PC makers have opted for Android. The Asus Transformer Book Trio flips between Windows 8 and Android at the tap of a button on the keyboard - but, again, it's a convertible device.
Google's mobile OS is also increasingly being used for touchscreen all-in-ones, with Acer, Asus and HP all releasing Android models.
According to the leaked video, the Slatebook 14 will have a 14in, full HD 1,920 x 1,080 pixel touchscreen display, Nvidia Tegra quad-core processor, Beats audio speakers, and full access to the Google Play store.
Three USB ports, a microSD card slot, micro-SIM slot, full-size HDMI port and headphone jack are also visible.
It will apparently be a colourful product – the exterior of the device featured in the video is bright yellow. It's not clear which Tegra chip or how much memory it has, or even which version of Android it will run.
There's also no indication of when the device will be launched either, although the fact the video was originally uploaded on HP’s site (but has since been removed), could suggest a launch is imminent.
PC Pro contacted HP for comment on the leak, but the company said it does not comment on rumour or speculation.
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Need to optimize first
After looking at the benchmarks of the last Atom based Android tablet that was released and my Samsung Windows tablet with the same processor, the Windows device was more than 3 times faster at, for example, Sunspider.
That seems to suggest that Google and Intel have a long way to go in optimizing Android for Intel processors.
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