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HP ships the utterly weird Android-powered Slatebook 14

HP Slatebook 14 (1)

Hewlett-Packard is in a weird sort of limbo today, dancing between Android and Windows platforms like they’re a bunch of hot coals. Although they have a number of interesting products in the form of the Android-powered Slate 7, the Lenovo Yoga-like Pavilion X360 and the insanely priced Spectre 13 X2 (still without a proper digitiser), it’s about to get a whole lot weirder now with the premium-priced Slate 14, a notebook powered by Nvidia’s Tegra hardware and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Wut?

The internet first got a look at the Slatebook 14 back in June just before Computex Taipei. The design is pretty sharp and I’m personally digging the yellow chassis. The display is a matte 14-inch 1080p TN panel resulting in pixel density of 157 PPI. That’s a lot crisper than most 720p panels of the same size and there’s definitely a lot more room to display things as well. It ships with Android 4.3, but there will be updates to 4.4 and eventually to Android L, which to be honest is beginning to look a lot like Apple’s OS X Yosemite UI and iOS 8.

HP Slatebook 14 (2)

The hardware inside is a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 chipset running at 1.9GHz, complimented by 72 CUDA cores that are more similar to Nvidia’s pre-Fermi architecture. For a more direct comparision, it’s closer to the same GPU hardware inside the Playstation 3, having separate pixel and vertex shaders instead of the more common unified shader design seen in Fermi, Kepler and Maxwell. The chip is backed up by 2GB of DDR3-1333LP memory and 16GB of eMMC storage. There’s no optional hard drive, although one could shove a 128GB SD card into the SD slot for extra space.

802.11n and Bluetooth comes integrated and because it’s the Tegra 4 chipset and not Tegra 4i, LTE isn’t included. HP includes Beats audio speakers, one USB 3.0 and two 2.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI 1.4a port and a 3.5mm audio jack. In the promotional pictures there is a SIM slot next to the two USB 2.0 ports, so it’s possible that HP could ship a later version that packs in 3G/LTE connectivity for a higher price.

It weighs 1.68kg and is rated for a battery life up to nine hours. This may be the first legitimate attempt to make Android work properly as a replacement to Windows. There have been other hybrid tablets before and at least one netbook (here’s Lenovo’s version) that was stuck on Ice Cream Sandwich. The asking price of US $429 is a bit much, considering that Chromebooks regularly dip into the $200 range.

HP may be unable to move as much stock as they would like given that Microsoft wants to ship Windows 8 with Bing for a much cheaper price on smaller devices, with notebooks and tablets smaller than nine inches diagonal will receive it for free. I wonder how long it’ll be before someone figures out how to get Linux on to there. Until then, maybe someone can figure out if Nvidia Gamestream works on it.

Source: PC World

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  • Dalton Baury

    Hmmmm… My worry is support for applications and programs or am I being dumb, nit sure how that would work.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

      Well if the stuff that you use is on the Google Play Store, then there’s a chance that it’ll work on the laptop as well. But since it’s not a touch screen, things won’t be as simple as on a tablet.

      • Dalton Baury

        I was thinking more in terms of .exe extension why buy a note book if it cannot deal with these since most programs are still .exe.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

          Windows being the dominant desktop platform, yes, most programs on that are packaged as .exe. So you wouldn’t be able to run them on Android. You’d have to wait for someone to port a particular app over to the Play Store.

  • BinaryMind

    Ja. This is definitely weird. Android, designed for touch screens, on a non-touch screen device. That’s super logical -_-

  • Alex Rowley

    I recently got an Asus T100 tablet that runs windows 8.1 and I got to say it’s probably close to the perfect tablet, it’s got a detachable keyboard and can run basically anything because it’s Windows based, Microsoft really do need to get their shit together with the apps.

    I have no clue who is going to actually buy this slate book though. Android isn’t exactly designed for desktop use.

    • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

      I played with a T100TA in Incredible Connection the other day. It’s like a cheap Surface 2! Really solid little performer.

      • Alex Rowley

        It’s exactly that but with a much better keyboard, for the price the performance is great, would only recommend the 64GB version though.

        • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

          I want one so badly TT_TT. Pity about the 2GB memory limit though. No way of getting around that one.

          • Alex Rowley

            I think that would have pushed the price up too much to make it budget friendly but yea this thing with 4GB of RAM and windows 64bit would be deal, I suppose a 1080p screen would be great but that’s pushing it lol.
            There is actually talks of a T200 coming out later in the year though so we shall see. It would be irritating having my brand new tablet outdated within a few months but that’s how these things are I suppose lol

          • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

            There are actually traces and space on the board for another 2GB of RAM, so it can’t be Apple-level expensive to implement. The only reason why it wasn’t done, IIRC, is because Microsoft didn’t give OEMs the 64-bit Windows licenses even though Atom has been 64-bit capable for a good while now.

          • Alex Rowley

            Well that’s lame, you would think Microsoft would be behind 100% considering how it actually makes windows 8 pleasure to use.

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