HP is dabbling in a 14-inch SlateBook that looks like a traditional notebook but runs Android.
The folks over at Notebook Italia have uncovered a rather interesting video on HP’s website, which highlights a new 14-inch SlateBook that runs Android. The video has since been removed, but not before its specs were revealed.
The upcoming SlateBook will feature a 14-inch full-HD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 which also works with multi-touch gestures. The notebook touts a quad-core Nvidia processor, but does not mention whether it is the Tegra 4 or the K1. Other hardware details include three USB ports, a microSD card slot and an HDMI out. Beats Audio was also detailed, along with the 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The SlateBook 14 looks unlike anything else that HP manufactures, and features a black on yellow design scheme.
The video stated that the SlateBook 14 would include the Play Store, which means that the notebook is not running a forked version of Android. HP dabbled in the Android segment with the SlateBook x2 last year, which was essentially a 10-inch tablet with a detachable keyboard dock. While that product failed to attract any significant consumer attention, it looks like HP is looking to target a more mainstream audience with the SlateBook 14 by retaining the traditional notebook form factor.
HP already manufactures a 11-inch and 14-inch Chromebook, but this will be the first time the manufacturer offers a full-fledged notebook that runs Android. Clearly, HP thinks that there is a market for such a machine.
Source: Notebook Italia