HP SlateBook PC: Finally, an HP Laptop That Runs on Android, with Nvidia Tegra 4 Processor, 72 Graphic Cores and 4K Video Playback
With the SlateBook PC, HP has finally brought what many of their customers have been asking for all this time, a laptop that runs on the Android OS (Hewlett-Packard Company, -HPQ -NYSE – an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, United States).
HP Vice President Mike Nash announced that HP is eager to bring to their customers, what they demand, and the HP SlateBook PC, a laptop that runs on Android, gives them the productivity of a laptop / notebook with the popular user interface of Android. Nash says that users will love the familiarity of their Android mobile OS ?with the productivity of a notebook … in a breakthrough design.? He also adds that ? ?It?s in a very new category. Customers told us they spend a lot of time on mobile applications.?
Nash explains that the HP SlateBook PC is also meant to address the question ?why can?t I access the Android ecosystem from the clamshell form factor??
Want to know more about the HP SlateBook PC? Here are some details released by the company:
- 14 inch touchscreen display: 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution
- Android interface
- Weight: 1.7 kg
- Thickness: 16 mm
- Storage: 64 GB
- Memory: 2 GB
- Battery: 9 hours running capability
- Processor: Nvidia Tegra 4
- Graphic Cores: 72
- Video Playback: 4K
- Available by August 2014
- Price: US$ 399.xx
In addition to these specs, HP enabled the Android apps to fully occupy the 14 inch display.
Analysts are comparing the HP SlateBook PC to the Chromebook since these devices, they claim, are used primarily for online computing. Although internet browsing is better on a Chromebook as it mirrors what users see in a desktop PC, Nash differentiates the SlateBook PC by highlighting the familiarity advantage of millions of Android users with the mobile interface, who want the same UI in their laptops. He also adds that certain apps ? like Skype ? are not supported by the Chrome OS. He also argues that Android has better support for printers than the Chromebook’s operating system.
In the past few years, it was reported that HP ?struggled? in the decision on whether to use the Chrome OS or the Android OS in its devices. They opted to use Android for its Slate 21 Pro as it was easily customizable because of its open source nature (versus the control Google imposes on the Chrome OS). The cost factor was also considered as Android is reportedly cheaper to use than the specific hardware needs of the Chrome OS.
The HP SlateBook PC is expected to be featured in the ongoing Taipei Computex (June 3-4, 2014) at the Taipei International Convention Center.
We also featured another HP Android Tablet device recently- ?HP 7 Plus : $100 Quad Core Tablet From HP Now Sold in The US?. Click HERE to read it.
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