It looks like HP
is wanting to flesh out its product line so that it has a little something for everyone, hence the launch of the HP SlateBook, a 14-inch laptop running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. That's right -- Android is the star of the show, not Chrome OS or Windows. Why Android? Perhaps HP is looking to test the market. After all, the OEM already offers plenty of Windows-based PCs and a Chromebook
The SlateBook is an interesting beast. It rocks a 10-point capacitive touchscreen display with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC). It also sports 2GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, up to 64GB of built-in storage flanked by a microSD card reader, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HD webcam, quad speakers with Beats Audio
, two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, HDMI 1.4b output, and a headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack.
"More productive than a tablet with the comfort of a full keyboard, precise touchpad, and smooth onscreen touch control all within an energetic Sweet Yellow bottom and sides and refined Space Silver top and interior, appreciably lightweight, and overall modern streamlined form," HP brags on the SlateBook's product page.
The SlateBook measures 13.54 inches (W) by 9.45 inches (D) by 0.63 inches (H) and weighs 3.57 pounds. According to HP, the built-in battery is good for up to 9 hours, which translates into all-day battery life. As unique and attractive as the SlateBook is, however, the question remains as to whether there's a market for such a device.
We'll find out the answer to that when the SlateBook becomes available on July 20 starting at $399.