Thus far, Google’s computing platforms have been relatively standard. Android on phones and tablets, and Chrome OS on laptops (Chromebooks). However, it looks like that may soon change. Notebook Italia spotted a video on HP’s website – which has since been pulled – shows a new laptop powered by Android. The HP Slatebook 14, according to Notebook Italia, will come with a 1080p touch screen, and 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage on board.
As far as what can be gleaned from the now pulled video, the Slatebook appears to be running a standard tablet version of Android 4.3 Jellybean; there is an HDMI port, along with 3 USB ports; the video shows that the Slatebook will come equipped with Beats Audio Speakers. It looks like the Slatebook comes with full access to the Google Play Store. This seems like a very odd product. Really, the Slatebook looks like a tablet that has a keyboard. Perhaps the best summary of this stange thing comes from Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica:
Android running on a non-convertible Tegra-powered laptop would definitely make this one of the weirder products out there. Almost every Android laptop in the past has converted into some kind of tablet mode. Will anyone want an Android device that is permanently a laptop?1
- Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, “Android laptops? Leaked HP Slatebook 14 runs Google OS on a Tegra SoC,” Apr 28 2014 ▲