HP to launch Android-powered Slate 14 laptop

Daniel Bader

April 28, 2014 10:26am

Android is everywhere, from smartphones to tablets to smartwatches to in-car entertainment units, but for some reason it’s never quite taken off on one of the oldest form factors in the business: the laptop. While Android laptops exist in hybrid form, either as a secondary add-on to a tablet or emulated through Windows, HP is set to launch what appears to be the first natively-powered Android laptop.

The HP Slate 14 sports a 14-inch touchscreen powered by a Tegra processor of unknown speed, though it’s likely the aging Tegra 4 rather than the unreleased Tegra K1.

The keyboard itself looks to be similar to what the company offers on many of its other low-end laptops, but that it is running Android is interesting: the OS has always been friendly to other forms of input, including a mouse and keyboard, and we’ve seen Android work well with a touchpad before in models like the Asus Transformer.

HP is trying to take advantage of the fact that there are enough apps good enough to re-create a true Windows-like experience at what is likely a fraction of the cost, but we won’t know the exact pricing until the company launches the Slate 14. Also of note is that HP already make Chromebooks, so this will be yet another example of an OEM moving its laptop product line away from Windows, which still costs a lot in licensing fees.

  • Alan Paone

    The Gmail app for tablets is the best email client out there, so this might not totally suck. HP do have a lot of other ways to screw it up though

    • MXM4K

      I would kill for the tablet Gmail app to have a PC equivalent. It’s just so good.

    • MXM4K

      BlueStacks App Player + Gmail = Not bad at all!

    • Alan Paone

      The Offline Gmail webapp comes closer than anything I’ve tried

    • MXM4K

      Woah, thank a bunch for that tip. I love the look of that app.

  • awhite2600

    Choice is good. However, I can’t understand the need for an Android laptop. Consumers now have to consider Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS (iPad), Android tablets, Chromebooks and now Android laptops.

    • Columbo

      It makes sense for HP – of all the options you listed this is the only OS that’s free for them to use, meaning their only real cost is hardware. If it’s a hit, it’ll prove to be a great business model. If it fails, it probably won’t hurt them all that much.

    • Jason Ivany

      Chrome OS and other Linux distributions are free to use. Apple OSes are exclusive to Apple hardware so that just leaves Windows as the only OS with a license fee that HP or other PC makers use.

  • MXM4K

    Looks cool to me. Not sure how useful it would be to me anymore, but if this sports amazing battery life, then I could totally see college/university students using this for long days at school. My old Asus Transformer TF101 was the perfect companion while I was in school.

    • JTon

      MS Office is pretty much required for a student (unfortunately). Sure you can get by with alterantives that convert Office files… but it’s imperfect and it’s a hassle. Also, you’ll get burned if you have to use any legacy software which some classes inevitably force on to you, since it’ll only run on Windows or bootcamp.

    • Joseph

      You can get office 360 for android so that is not problem anymore

    • MXM4K

      That’s why I also had a laptop when windows was required, but I’d almost never bring it to school. The transformer was my daily driver for note taking and all the other internet tasks.

  • Samuel Gomez Recuero

    I will not say OEMs are moving away of Windows God knows that won’t happen for a long time, they are just adding variety to their offer and diversifying their products offerings.

  • PT

    The big question is … how much?

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