Here it is: The first Android laptop. HP has finally announced the SlateBook, which was briefly glimpsed in a video (hastily removed) on HP’s website a little over a month ago.
Clad in bright yellow and black, the bumblebee-colored SlateBook would stand out in any laptop crowd, but the real news is the debut of a new kind of Android experience. The SlateBook offers 14 inches of Full HD touchscreen display, far bigger than any Android tablet can provide. It also offers a real keyboard, meaning you could do some serious work on this device.
HP isn’t necessarily expecting to win over any PC faithful with this device, but it’s clearly hoping to capture younger Android users who might be tired of pecking on a smaller touchscreen. Like the teen or college-age Android user who might occupy the cheery room in this promo photo.
Available August 6, the SlateBook will be powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 4 processor, and it will come with up to 2GB of RAM and up to 64GB of storage. At 0.6 inches thick and 3.71 pounds, it’s just an average-sized laptop, but HP’s spec of up to 9.25 hours of battery life is far better than most conventional laptops achieve. Prices will start at $429.
The debut of the SlateBook could mean Android’s graduating to the PC big time. Or it could mean the PC’s finally conceding to Android’s popularity. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
Correction: Due to erroneous press information, the price of the HP SlateBook was corrected from $399 to $429. GreenBot regrets the error.