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Meet The SlateBook, a 14-inch Android Laptop from HP

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The HP SlateBook 14 Runs Android

Chrome OS may be about to get a rival in the Google-based notebook stakes — one powered by its bigger brother Android.

A promotional video from HP demoing a slim, lightweight notebook that runs Android was uploaded to the company’s official website recently, albeit hidden from public view.

Or so they thought. Technology site Notebook Italia was able to gain access to the short clip, which features the slogan ‘all your favourite android apps now in a notebook‘,

Called the ‘HP SlateBook 14‘ the device (naturally) features a 14-inch display with a ‘full HD’ 1080p resolution and is touchscreen. The video references a quad-core Nvidia Tegra chip and 2GB RAM, and 3x USB ports, an HDMI out and what appears to be a SIM card slot can be clearly seen during the various product shots.

No word on storage yet.

It’s The OS, Dummy

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None of the technical specifications are, however, what makes this device unique. It’s the OS it’s running: Android. Google’s premier mobile OS is preloaded as the sole OS. No dual-booting with Windows, no optional Chrome OS.

What’s more, the device appears to have been given the official nod by Google as the video purports to show the Google Play Store onboard as well as all of the search giant’s mobile apps, including Gmail and Google Chrome.

And that’s pretty big news given that we’re told a Chrome OS/Android merger is not on the roadmap.

The discovery of the SlateBook comes almost one year after industry analysts KGI Securities predicted that Google would launch an ‘Androidbook’ running Android 5.0. While the thrust of that prediction proved to be wide of the mark, the sudden appearance of an Android notebook certainly feeds into the rumour that Google might be preparing a notebook-optimised version of Android.

HP is, so far, staying tightlipped on any possible release date or price point for the device. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and update when we hear more. In the meantime you can see the promo video for yourself in the player below.

Edit: HP has since pulled the video.

  • Anonymoused

    Wow, looks beautiful. This is a touchscreen device I can get down with.

  • zedcool

    excellent, i have the chromebook 14 by hp and it’s a really good computer running on chrome os. I’d like to have a mix (android 5.0 ??) with chrome os and android together as one operating system !

    • Roland

      I’d take something like the Cros version of Ubuntu for Chromebooks where you can run Android from the Terminal so you can switch between Chrome OS and Android

  • Guest

    Seems impractical with AOSP’s lack of multi-window view. I’ve tried using my Nook for production and it’s a real hassle having to make sure you save your work everytime you switch windows

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      It does seem strange that, on a 14″ screen, some form of multi-window wasn’t introduced. I dread to think how most applications will scale on such a larger screen (i.e. badly, most likely).

      Still, this is just one video. It is possible that modifications have been made.

  • Sean Lumly

    I have 2 android tablets and a phone, and I have *zero* interest in this product. Android’s interface needs some serious work before it can be used as a productive OS in laptop form-factor, keyboard or no keyboard. Here are some things that could improve the user experience:
    – a non-touch interface for laptop form-factor
    – apps that can display smaller, mouse-friendly icons when being used by a laptop
    – the ability to display more than one app on the screen at once
    – more apps that don’t close when they lose focus
    – the care-free chromeOS charm (ie. cloud saves, account holds config)
    – a store that differentiates laptop apps from tablet apps

    ChromeOS, IMO, is much better positioned to suit this market. Android for laptops (in its current form) feels like a step backwards.

    This is all personal opinion.

    • Roland

      I agree with you. Android on a laptop isn’t the ideal solution, unless HP want to get out of the Windows oem market, but even then why choose Android when Chrome OS is touch capable.

      Android doesn’t have the freedom to work on two different Google Drive documents at once, and if you use Microsoft Office you’ll be stuck with having to side load Office Mobile for Android Phones or put up with the impossible to use with a touchscreen Office Online. Where as Chrome OS makes all that easy, also some Android apps are going to look horrendous on a 14 inch screen and if an app is tablet optimised it’s still not going to look great on a screen over 10 inches.

      I’d like to see a feature similar to the Mac OS X scroll to zoom using a left and right circular trackpad gesture to make a touch screen Chromebook easier to use.

      • Sean Lumly

        For sure. I tried getting a slim external keyboard to use my Nexus 10 as a laptop replacement (it was the reason I bought the Nexus 10), and it failed horribly at the task. The keyboard is now collecting dust, and I use the Nexus 10 exclusively for casual tasks.

        Something as simple as opening two instances of an app (as you mentioned) is a foreign concept to Android, but something that I use daily on my work machine.

        • Roland

          I’ve got a nexus 7 that now mainly gets used as a Chromecast remote, due to not being able to have multiple Google Drive documents open at once. I’ve currently got a Chrome tab open, OMG Chrome (windowed tab) & YouTube (windowed tab all open), also the overview app switcher is better than the Android one.

          • Sean Lumly

            Indeed. In fact, Google Chrome for Android does not keep a video playing if you change tabs. While Android as an OS may be capable of running more than one thing at once, it certainly isn’t set up that way, and many apps do not support it.

        • http://ncodev.com Obed Uri

          I bought a N7 as a laptop replacement too xD… men i know that feel Android isn’t not ready yet for that kind of stuff “My bluetooth key board is covering on dust and my N7 too “

    • Dwala Farmer

      By the end of the year Android will likely be optimized for laptops.

      “Sure, there are a lot of ways where Android does not yet have all the capabilities of a desktop system, but the path is clear: we want Android to work on desktops and laptops.” – Matias Duarte in 2012

      “Android Book won’t be introduced at the upcoming Google I/O as development of Android 5.0, which is targeted at Notebook, is incomplete. We think Android Book featuring Android.4x will be rolled out in the coming 3-4 months because some brand vendors, like Samsung, want to move first. But shipments will be limited as the current Android OS isn’t well supported for laptops.” – Analyst Mingchi Kuo in 2013

      “Google is also moving more aggressively to use [Android] in additional kinds of devices, including laptops. PC makers including HP are already working on Android-powered laptops running the next version of the software.” – Wall Street Journal in 2013

      • Sean Lumly

        Sounds great! I will look forward to the experience.

        • Dwala Farmer

          I’d like to see the full version of Chrome on it. Much better, the Chrome Aura interface like they did on Windows 8.

          • Sean Lumly

            That would be neat!

          • Jeune Sekwa

            More evidence: HP Slatebook 14 with a Chrome App Drawer.

            http://www.omgchrome.com/hp-announce-chromebook-pc-android-slatebook-laptop/

            I think HP just photoshopped the Chrome App Drawer to hint at the future possibilities of Android on laptop. Even Sundar Pichai hinted of an eventual convergence last year:

            “We embrace both and we are continuing to invest in both. So in the short run, nothing changes. In the long run, computing itself will dictate the changes. THE PICTURE MAY LOOK DIFFERENT A YEAR OR TWO FROM NOW, but in the short term, we have Android and we have Chrome.” – Sundar Pichai 2013

    • Ed

      Android works really well with a mouse. Try it.

      • Sean Lumly

        Indeed it does and I’m not disputing that. Read the original post.

  • pichetou

    Looks beautiful, but I’d rather run another OS on it. Owning an Android tablet, it still doesn’t feel right in my opinion, as many apps are phone versions that just stretch to fill the screen, and the interfaces aren’t keyboard friendly (not even for editing documents in Google Drive with a Bluetooth keyboard). How could I trust Android again, in a new form factor?

  • bimsebasse

    The laptop looks really nice even though yellow isn’t a favourite color of mine, well done on the design. Slightly baffled by Google now having two different laptop operative systems on the market, but I guess it makes no less sense than two stock gallery apps in KitKat.

    • Gary Graf

      Probably not Google’s choices. It’s HP’s

  • Uninick

    Could be interesting. I have an Asus Transformer with the keyboard dock, and these days I basically use it as a laptop.

  • spacey

    Looks nice, should have been Chrome OS with K1 and 4GB

  • KC69

    they are marketing this as “the productivity of a 14 inch notebook with the power of Android”. productivity and Android in one sentence! if today wasn’t April the 1st, i would probably thought this was an April’s fools joke.

    • Gary Graf

      I’ve very productive on my android devices. Just saying…

  • Jose Reyes

    Nice Colors! but Android, oh well, and it should be on chromeOS.

    • http://xFallenGamesx.weebly.com xFallenDemon99x

      you can run linux inside of android

      • R2D221

        Android IS Linux (well, it uses the Linux kernel).

        • http://xFallenGamesx.weebly.com xFallenDemon99x

          yes, but what i mean is that you can run ubuntu on it with all the apps

  • Curtis Mitchell

    Hopefully its a convertable. There are plenty of apps that don’t work without that touch screen and trying to do the touchscreen with the keyboard laid out is a nightmare. I will definitely be curious to see specs and final price. For Android to be a real contender as a laptop though, it’ll need some sort of windows management for multitasking.

    • Hayes Cooper

      I was just thinking the same thing. If they do something similar to the Lenovo Yoga and allow you to tuck the keyboard behind the screen, this could be a well-received device. A lot of people are hankering for a larger screened Android Device (i.e. Note Pro 12.2), and this could take that to the next level.

  • http://www.antyweb.pl/ Rafał Kurczyński

    Perfect to Ubuntu on Arm ;)

  • Butch_Zee

    Don’t quite understand the target consumer for this device. Android competing against ChromeOS is strange. The plus: it can run all the Android apps. I feel if someone finds ChromeOS too complicated they’re not going to jump on this. They’re probably going to stick with a Win laptop, Macbook, or iPad. For the techie crowd, this OS would get wiped immediately for ChromeOS or other Linux distro of choice. Hope it’s a touchscreen for HP’s sake.

    • Chris

      “Called the ‘HP SlateBook 14‘ the device (naturally) features a 14-inch display with a ‘full HD’ 1080p resolution and is touchscreen.”

  • Nonya Bizness

    hmm… OR… I could hackintosh it :D

    • calden74

      Unfortuantly Hackintosh is just for x86.

  • Pit

    While the efforts of the Android-x86 Team should be admired, it can teach that Android itself and its Apps are horrible to handle on a Notebook!

    • jamshid

      this is no x86 :)))

      • Pit

        I know. But Android-x86 allowed me to test Android on my personal netbook and it showed me that it just isn’t nice.

  • JKKJ

    This seems kind of dumb. Android apps won’t work well with keyboard and mouse

    • Kenny Rousseau

      Well it is also touch screen, so you can use that too

    • Ed

      Android productivity apps work very well with keyboard and mouse. You can select text, copy and paste, etc. pretty much like you can with any other OS, except you use click and hold a little more.

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/115605168398121887465/about Anzhel Bozhinov

    Great! Android > Chrome OS.
    I hope that Page will close Chrome OS project, ’cause no one cares ’bout Chromebooks.
    Wait for Android-laptop on Tegra K1 with ARMv8-CPU.

  • Wildnorth

    14″ Notebook screen running apps optimized for a 5″ touch screen?

    Yeah…that makes sense.

    I’m sorry but I just don’t see this working. I’d much rather see more offline Apps created for Chrome. I had an Asus Android based Transformer with a keyboard……and it was an abysmal productivity machine. Ditched that transformer for a chromebook, and never looked back.

    I hope this rumor is untrue…..

    • negro_tula_chica

      My tablet is 8”, and there are tablets with a 10” screen. Android can addapt to any size, that’s the future, convergence.

      • Rodolfo

        What a funny nickname! :D
        Are you chilean?

        • negro_tula_chica

          My name is funny but my comments are serious. Yes, i’m from Chile.

          • Rodolfo

            Jajajaja! Ya me parecía!
            It is true what Wildnorth says. When apps are optimized for a 5″ screen, they do not display properly on bigger screens. But not all apps are optimized that way. And I guess developpers will adapt their software if they want them us to run it.

          • Alucard291

            But they aren’t optimised for 5″ screens. Where you lot got this idea from I’ve no idea.

          • calden74

            I don’t understand why this is such a big deal to the original poster. I have a Nexus 10 which has a jaw dropping resolution of 2560 x 1600, every app that I have installed looks just fine. Though I tend not to use garbage apps, maybe he likes using crappy stuff that is riddled with adds. Apps like; EverNote, King Office, ES File Exporer. Skype, Hangouts, Chrome, etc. Look fantastic. I have a Microsoft Wedge keyboard and mouse and it works pretty great, in fact I’m using my Nexus 10 with this setup for this post. I can multitask by using ALT + TAB to switch between apps VERY quickly, web apps like MS Online work just fine, I’ve hacked the video player to play on the TV when one is connected and still be able to use the tablet. I think the HP could really work. Though I personally believe a convertable tablet would have been the way to go. The Asus Transformer still reigns supreme in my oppinion. Though if the HP is priced correclty I might grab one as a toy to hack around with, I really like the yellow, it matches my Nokia 1020.

          • Alucard291

            Pretty much… Pretty much what you said :)

            But ofc if he says its true it must be true /sigh

      • Wildnorth

        You’re missing the point. The apps are optimized for a 5 inch touch screen. Do you really want a 4″ icon on your 14″ laptop screen?

        • negro_tula_chica

          You don’t know how Android works. Apps distribute differents icons for different hdpis, and the launcher can be adapted for bigger screens, it’s not hard to do.

          • Rodolfo

            Yes, that’s true. Apps shouldn’t be tied to a fixed size screen.

        • Alucard291

          you don’t have a point. You just made up “a fact” in your own head and suddenly your little fanasy is all true and real :/

          You’ve never owned a 10″ tablet have you?

          • Wildnorth

            Troll much?

            I’ve owned a 10″ Motorola Xoom, an iPad (1st Gen), a Galaxy Tab 7, and an 8″ Galaxy Note.

            I’ll simplify, for your simple mind. When you optimize an app for a 5″ inch screen buttons are larger than they would otherwise be. When you increase the screen size to 14″ the buttons will get ridiculously large. Screen real estate will be extremely inefficient. You’d have to completely re-write the app. Good luck getting that to happen for the sub 10,000 units HP will sell.

            You go ahead and have fun with your 14″ tablet. I’ll stick to a platform designed for 14″ screens.

          • Alucard291

            I’ve no idea why you’re so angry but the apps still AREN’T optimised for 5″ screens :)

            And yes grats you’ve owned some of the worst tablets on the market I feel your pain I suppose? Oh wait no I don’t.

            Why are the buttons not “ridiculously large” on my nexus 10? Oh wait because the DPI adjusts… Why aren’t the buttons “larger than they otherwise would be” on my desktop when it boots into x86 droid? Oh wait because of the reason above.

            But its ok – keep on pretending as if you actually know what you’re talking about.

          • Tasteless

            Alucard291,

            Wild North is right. The space between icons and the general screen layout is optimized both for touch, and for 4″ – 10″ screens. These layouts will not translate to a 14″ screen well. “Adjusting the DPI” doesn’t fix that problem.

            And the tablets Wildnorth mentioned were all in fact best in class at one time or another. He said he OWNED them, not owns them.

            Reading comprehension is your friend.

            Nice trolling though. Try not being such an a$$hat next time.

  • Shawn Eastman

    Actually this is an awesome Idea, to all those nay sayers android has been adapting to larger screens since tablets have been coming out with larger screens. Not all apps are there yet but blame the developer not android.

  • Doug Renze

    I love the idea, but realistically, how is this any different from my Android tablet with a BT keyboard/mouse?

    IMO – Chrome is the one that will need to worry about this one.

    • https://fossreviews.wordpress.com/ Ads20000

      And Google just don’t know what convergence is…that’s for Microsoft and Ubuntu to figure out ;) Byebye Google :D

      • Srijan Ghosh

        Microsoft???????? Their convergence is pushing a touch based tablet UI to our mouse and keyboard laptops and desktops I think. Ubuntu is the one really after convergence.

        • https://fossreviews.wordpress.com/ Ads20000

          IMHO it’s still helping to move different forms of computers closer together so that one day we will be able to learn how to use one computing device and know almost instantly how to use the others/not need to use a different device because they can all do the same thing. Also, the Microsoft/Linux Mint ‘traditional desktop metaphor’ which has the ‘X’ in the top-right, icon top-left, start button bottom-left and system tray bottom-right already requires a lot of mouse travel so having big squares and rectangles which display lots of useful data doesn’t really change this very much.

          I also like how Windows 8.x boots to the Start Screen which gets you straight to your apps and work rather than booting you to a blank desktop which requires you to click somewhere else before you begin to get anywhere. GNOME also seems to be following the ‘big and full-screen on everything’ paradigm.

          However I do prefer Ubuntu’s vision. The OS will be the same but the interface will be optimised = no massive buttons anywhere (other than the Launcher…) :D Oh, and they’ve already fixed the mouse travel problem :D :D :D

  • Ed

    I use an Asus Transformer, almost all the time with the keyboard dock. It’s essentially a small laptop form factor. Android is a really good OS for laptops where single-tasking is the primary use-case. It works very well with keyboard, mouse, touchpad, and touch-screen. I most often use various office suites (QuickOffice, Google Drive, or Polaris Office) for word processing, as well as web browsing and e-mail. Android and the various office suites are fine for basic productivity, and I think many users could get by with this as a primary device. While I use a full-featured laptop when I need to be really productive, I think there is a significant percent of the population that just needs web, e-mail and word processing, and Android is well suited for this, especially with keyboard and mouse.

    • calden74

      The Asus Transformer line is pretty great. I still use a Asus Transformer Slider SL101 when I’m typing up how-to’s or manuals for my software. It’s built like a tank and I absolutely dig the slide of keyboard. It’s a real shame Asus never came out with a replacement because I would buy it in heart beat.

  • Rodolfo

    When I bought my tablet, I quickly became close to nervous breakdown because of the virtual keyboard. So I bought a bluetooth keyboard, which also works as a base for the tablet stand up just like a netbook screen. Wonderful. Now I seldom use my notebook or my desktop PC.
    So HP’s idea appeals to me.
    Though I don’t see what’s the big difference between a full featured tablet plus a keyboard, and HP’s new device.
    Could that be more RAM, or a SSD, instead of pluggable (micro)SD memory? I think it would still be a tablet with a kind of “permanent” docking station.

  • Guest

    Please Google don’t let donwn ChromeOS, i like this OS.

  • SPlissken

    Please Google don’t let down ChromeOS, it s a great OS, perfect for netbook and other real computer. Android is perfect for tablet and smartphone. Do not try to mix both like Microsoft is trying to do….

    • Reinis Miks

      Chrome OS is horrible. Lets face it.

      • SPlissken

        Stupid comment

      • calden74

        No, comments like these have no reason or rhyme, why don’t you actually try to articulatly explain to us why ChromeOS is so horrible. Especially when it’s more than obvious that you have never used it.

        • Reinis Miks

          Ok, bit late on reply, but I have used it. All you can do is browse. Nuf said.

          • calden74

            Again, a short comment that did nothing to strengthen your opinion. It is now very obvious that you have never used a Chromebook or any other Chrome device for that matter. Do you really think any of us would be on this board advocating the use of ChromeOS if it wasn’t useful to us. Web technologies have matured to the point where there isn’t much you can’t accomplish through a web browser, but you would probably know this if you used the web for more than just entertainment purposes. As a programmer of more than 20 years I have almost completely moved my entire development environment to the cloud. The online apps that my work colleagues and myself use on a daily basis have redefined the way we collaborate and test our applications. Especially since our programming staff is spread across multiple countries, online IDE apps like Cloud9, CloudIDE, CodeEnvy, ShiftEdit offer programming environments that would have taken thousands of dollars of privately networked computers, software and support staff to accomplish. Frankly you have absolutely no idea what you are talking and need to spend at least an hour doing some research, so you can maybe, just maybe and I’m not holding my breath here, can come back here with just a little more information and be able to intelligently convey your thoughts, instead of, “all you can do is browse”. To start, take a look at some of the online apps that have been discussed in great detail here like; Microsoft’s online Office apps, which are freely available through https://onedrive.live.com/about/en-us/ . Adobe’s new online Photoshop Express http://www.photoshop.com/tools , Pixrl’s online photo editor http://pixlr.com/editor/ , AudioTools fantastic music creator http://www.audiotool.com/app , here is a larger list http://www.cio.com/article/688518/21_Chrome_Web_Apps_for_Serious_Work . Computing is heading towards the Cloud in general and in a very short time traditionally installed desktops and applications will be a thing of the past. Although ChromeOS is a young OS and more needs to be done, ChromeOS is not and I repeat is not just for browsing, there is almost nothing that I can do on a desktop that can’t be accomplished with a ChromeBook or ChromeBox. This post is not only for you but the rest of the nay sayers or individuals who for some reason took the time to register here just to type one to two sentences ending with, “all you can do is browse”. An old and tired statement ignorantly typed with zero research or thought process behind it. We don’t mind debate here in fact we welcome it as it makes our board more interesting and educates but comments like yours sum’s up everything that is wrong with trolling.

  • http://camwiseowl.co.uk/ Cameron Barnsley

    If it’s cheaper than a Chromebook and it looks exactly like this (yellow/black colour scheme), then I’d actually be interested in buying it.
    I’d love having a keyboard actually attached to a hinged screen – over a bluetooth / OTG one which means you’ve gotta prop your tablet up with magic.

  • Anderverhaal

    Just wondering what would happen if you mix the user-friendliness of ChromeOS with the large app-base of Android.

    I think we would have the best, Linux-based desktop OS ever.

    But that’s my opinion ;)

  • Indian_Art

    @d0od:disqus “Edit: HP has since pulled the video.” The Video is back on the Italian website. Just saw it.

    :) Hopefully, triple boot SlatePads come with Android , Chrome OS & Ubuntu.

  • André Correia

    worst OS for pc/laptops in the world, i cant understand how people buy this s***…. is only chrome in full screen but ok is your money

    • joedoe47

      ok. enable developer mode and install ubuntu, arch, debian, etc. have at it hauss. you can run w.e. you want on a 200 dollar laptop.

  • Kenny Strawn

    Looks almost iPhone 5C-like… Yeah, terrible build quality to say the least.

    • calden74

      How can you say that without ever actually seeing one.

      • Frank Kaufmann

        That’s what the internet is for. You can claim stupid bullshit all day long without ever having to back it up.

        • calden74

          Haha, yup can’t refute that.

    • Ken-Ree Choong

      Huh… Someones Special Here

  • naryan

    Can’t imagine why on earth this would be popular unless it’s absolutely dirt cheap, but it’s definitely interesting, and it’s nice that there’s someone with the guts to do it.

  • Keith McNeill

    Can’t one of the majors just come out with a properly supported linux desktop, instead of purely web based or OSes made for a much smaller form factor? That would be an actual winner.

    • niagr

      Android is already Linux with a whole different environment from traditional Linux desktops, but I don’t see why that should matter to anyone. Android has better app and hardware support from manufacturers and can offer a consistent and cohesive environment to develop for. As far as desktop apps are concerned, I imagine that apps will have to be made adaptive on an individual basis and it would make sense to have some apps in only some form-factors. This has been seen before as Android encouraged developers to make their apps adaptable to tablets when they released the Nexus 7.

    • calden74

      HP, Dell and Lenovo have been selling Linux laptops and workstations for years.

  • Wyllie Young Wylls Chilunga

    ….canonical should just base ubuntu off of android and slap unity on to that b!tch….voila you then have a Windows 7/8 Competitor :D

    • Killian

      no because their code base is better

    • Ronald Munodawafa

      There is more to Windows 7/8 than what Android and Unity will ever be. For gaming there is a reason why after nearly two decades Windows is still the gamer’s os

  • Dustin Gerlach

    The build looks similar to my Chromebook 14. Honestly, I love that two-tone color scheme.

    • Efjay

      The colours are pretty damn cool, I really like it.

  • Hunffi

    Creepy Crappad. Too expensive, bad build quality, useless like any other Chromebook.

    • calden74

      Why, just why would you post such tripe on a site dedicated to Chromebooks. What possible reason or pleasure could you get by talking down products that you obviously haven’t used. Please reframe from posting here again unless you have something intelligent to say. Simply stating something is useless without so much as an explanation why just makes you look like a complete idiot and opens you up for attacks such as mine, unless this was your intention which just makes you a troll. The price nor has a review revealing any details on the build quality been released yet, making your statement completely ignorant and false.

      • Hunffi

        Someone must help you and warn others about this creepy trap. Useless technology from a company who doesn’t care about data privacy. That’s why they call it Spydroid.

        • Gary Graf

          Hmm I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard anyone call it that.

        • Bill Larrabee

          Yep, never heard it called that. Pretty sure that’s what YOU call it, primarily due to your own misinformation or inability to change in spite of the facts. Anyone with ANY technical knowledge at all can see that Windows is aging and dying and collapsing under its own weight. Lightweight OSes like Chrome and Android are the future. Poor Microsoft slave…

        • mediumsizedrob

          Please please save us from being shown relevant ads!!

        • Efjay

          No I’ve never heard that. But I think I understand what you are trying to say. Google are not a paragon of virtue, they are in the information business. OSs are a means to an end as are all their other ‘services’. As for the creepy trap, you may be confusing RMS’s assertion that cloud computing is a trap and Eric Schmidt admission that Google’s policy is to push it to the ‘creepy’ line as close as possible. As a user, if data privacy is important to you – don’t upload it to any internet based service and use GNU/Linux.

    • artlukm2

      Looks like we have another disgruntled microsoft employee here.

      Chrome os and android get more powerful and flexible with each release. As a full time linux power user, I recognize that these two operating systems aren’t an enterprise class solution, but for regular people, they are getting closer and closer to being a full replacement for windows.

    • sggodsell

      How is it too expensive? Do you know what the price is? Also what’s the price of a 14″ 1920×1080 touch screen laptop running Windows RT. It would have be RT because this is running a tegra 4 CPU. If you asked the majority of the population they would go for an Android laptop over a Windows RT tablet any day.

    • Ken-Ree Choong

      Another Special Person Here

  • Gary Graf

    Apps

  • Damon McClellan

    I wonder if this is a hint towards a chrome os and android dual boot in the future. That would be awesome I am currently using a hp chromebook and wish i had access to android applications would make life alot easier. I am actually thinking of trying to dual boot android x86 and chrome os. Hope it works good. Go HP!!!!!

  • Stone

    I think I saw Beats Audio on the hinge cover on the picture

  • Stone

    Yep, that would be Beats Audio.. no wonder it is so expensive

  • teklife

    great, now when will they implement a F*CKING undo feature?????

    • Efjay

      Ha!

  • http://3arn0wl.wordpress.com/ 3arn0wl

    Techno-numpty question… Could Ubuntu be flashed onto it? It’s got 2GB of RAM… (I don’t think I’m interested in a laptop configuration, but) I ask because the article suggests it’s got a SIM card slot – could it be persuaded to make phone calls??? At the very least that might be better than a dongle.

    • Jared Deklems

      Well, any ARM Linux distro should be able to be installed… I mean, I’m just assuming it’s an ARM “laptop.”

  • moe

    more and more companies will join to make their version of a Android Laptop, this is interesting to me i hope Google releases for a Android version better suited for a laptop.

  • Magalaan

    There is no need to merge it with Chrome OS as Chrome OS is a subset of any OS running Chrome. Google only has to make Android work well with mouse and keyboard. That should not be to hard. I already like to use swiping with my mouse.

    Chrome has its own place as a very lightweight, secure, data safe, automatically maintained system. Ideal for cheap, light laptops for couch surfing with keyboard use. And it is future proof, as web-apps mature further Chrome OS will grow further. It is also a good choice for companies and schools wanting very secure and easy to maintain laptops.

    An Android book is more directed at consumers as it makes a huge number of Android apps available. But you lose some of the unique advantages of Chrome OS. If I can install Ubuntu next to it, it even becomes more interesting, especially if it has a full keyboard (I see a lot of keys next to the space bar).

    • fuzzylumpkins

      The only thing Google has to do to make Chrome OS obsolete is shoehorn desktop Chrome into Android. They don’t have to merge them, but why not combine them?

  • Edward Mobley

    I would buy this. Especially if it works well and has a touchscreen. I use my tablets for homework more than my computer as it is.

  • chuck192

    Yes, I’d like to buy a laptop that is running a more useless OS than a regular 300$ one. The only reason to use android is because the form factor limits the usability of a full fledged operating system. Putting a less convenient cellphone/tablet OS in a less practical form factor is the worst of both worlds.

  • mediumsizedrob

    I personally don’t get the appeal.. it appears to basically be a big tablet without a removable keyboard. No matter how slim and lightweight it claims to be, it’s not as slim and lightweight as a Nexus tablet. Even if you factor in a portable BT keyboard along with it in your backpack.

  • Jared Deklems

    Well… Why?
    Android applications are made for smaller screens (4″-10″) phones and tablets, so why a LAPTOP? Multitasking is out of the question- no Ubuntu-esque side-stage or applications windows…

    ChromeOS would make more sense, but an actual laptop would make even more sense.

  • jianfei

    I want this as long as I can plug in my Mobile phone microsim card for browsing when wifi not available. I prefer this over a tablet. Also external mouse support, It would be great to install custom rom’s as well. Fantastic idea! Great if the RAM is can be upgraded to 4gb. Other must have feature, SSD drive for added storage. It would be great to plug in my 512Gb SSD and fill it with movies for traveling! awesome awesome!

    • Grant Russell

      Upgrading the Ram to 4gb would be impossible. The reason there is no such thing as an android device with 4gb Ram is because a 32bit CPU cannot address more than 3gb.

      • jianfei

        64bit CPU

        • Grant Russell

          This device doesnt have a 64-bit CPU. There haven’t been any 64-bit Android devices yet (aside from a few cheap Chinese tablets that are using an Intel Bay-trail x86 CPU, which is technically 64-bit, but they aren’t delivering the tablet with 64-bit version of Android).

  • netsurfer912

    Using a huge full-scren touch-UI designed for 4 inch phones with a mouse on a 14 inch laptop? How awesome, I’ll put it right next to my Windows 8 desktop computer.

  • Frederic MANSON

    I hope that this chassis will also be used for the HP Chromebooks step 3 (or 4). Meanwhile, I have looked at this baby specs and it’s a good baby! Quad-Cores, IPS 1080p screen, 64 gigs, microSDXC (128 gigs). If HP push the specs to a screen flip like for the Lenovo Yoga, it is surely the next Android laptop killer. But they need to reduce the weight. Really. The Lenovo A10 is under 1 kg. So… Anyway, I am waiting for it of for one of its “brother”, I want one besides to my HP 11 Chromebook (the first edition, blue-white!!).