HP announces a 14-inch Android laptop and two new Chromebooks

Why not just pre-install a standard linux instead?


Back in April, a notebook-style computer running Google(s goog) Android software was spotted on the HP(s hpq) site. Although the post was quickly taken down, this weekend HP officially announced the SlateBook, a 14-inch Android laptop with a 1920 x 1080 screen.

Its specs aren’t that different from a lot of Chromebooks: 2GB of RAM, up to 64GB of storage, and a Tegra 4 mobile processor. The SlateBook is covered in useful ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI out options. There are devices with less heft than its 3.75 pounds, but that’s an understandable tradeoff  in light of the 14-inch 1080p touchscreen. The HP Slatebook PC runs Android 4.3 — which isn’t the latest version, and is a sign that this machine may not get the speediest Android updates.

HP Slatebook

It’s not a convertible laptop; there is no way to remove the screen from the keyboard and use it as a tablet. But…

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