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HP's Android notebook gets a price increase at launch

The SlateBook 14 notebook was first leaked back in April, and HP officially announced the notebook in early June. What makes the device somewhat intriguing isn’t the fact that it uses a Google-based operating system, but that it uses Android (which is usually seen on smartphones and tablets) instead of Chrome OS.
 
According to PC World, HP said that it went in this direction because its customers said they wanted Android-based notebook computers. We can’t fault HP for answering the calls of its customers, but we doubt that they’ll like the fact that the price for the SlateBook 14 has increased by $30 since it was first announced. 

HP Slatebook 14 
 
When first announced on June 1, HP said that the SlateBook 14 would have an MSRP of $399. Now that it’s available, the price has crept up to $429.
 
With that said, the 3.71-pound SlateBook 14 features a 14” 1080p display, NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 3.0 support. Battery life for the notebook is rated at 9 hours.
 
The SlateBook 14 is available now from HP’s online store.

Sources: PC World, HP



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Not that great a deal
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2014 9:17:18 AM , Rating: 5
For $429 you can get a Core i3 based laptop. It won't have a 1080p display. But it'll still be far more useful than an Android laptop.




RE: Not that great a deal
By atechfan on 8/4/2014 9:32:16 AM , Rating: 2
And it won't be Tegra. NVidia has been over-promising and under-delivering in mobile since Tegra got started. It will probably end up having worse battery life than an i3 as well. Microsoft didn't learn and stayed with the Tegra line with the second generation Surface, and now it appears that HP isn't learning as well. If you feel you must release an Android laptop, at least go with Qualcomm. Or even an Intel based Android device.


RE: Not that great a deal
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2014 10:13:57 AM , Rating: 2
I think you mean that this won't be Tegra K1. K1 definitely looks to be a performer in the graphics space. But you generally have to give up battery life to get better performance.


RE: Not that great a deal
By atechfan on 8/4/2014 1:54:57 PM , Rating: 2
I worded it poorly. I meant that the Core i3 laptop you mentioned would also have the plus of not having a Tegra. There is a reason that the Tegra line has gotten relatively few design wins. None of them so far have actually met the specs that NVidia claimed they would.


RE: Not that great a deal
By LordSojar on 8/4/2014 9:54:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
None of them so far have actually met the specs that NVidia claimed they would.


Well the K1 does meet specs, and exceeds them mostly. It's a powerful chip, and the large width dual core Denver variant will likely be quite a beast. The K1, in recent benchmarks and performance metrics, easily keeps pace with all the latest and greatest SoCs in terms of CPU performance, while absolutely slaughtering them in the GPU arena. Suffice to say, nVidia appears to be a quick learner and their pipeline looks leaner and meaner going forward with the unification of their GPU designs to mobile scaling up, as opposed to before with desktop scaling down.


RE: Not that great a deal
By Reclaimer77 on 8/4/2014 10:29:27 PM , Rating: 1
We're talking about Android here. How much power does it really need? (rhetorical)


RE: Not that great a deal
By ritualm on 8/4/2014 9:14:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I think you mean that this won't be Tegra K1.

I've never seen a single Nvidia Tegra ARM-based SoC that doesn't suck outside games, let alone actual products (besides Shield) that use them.


RE: Not that great a deal
By Samus on 8/4/2014 7:17:24 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. Tegra 3 (Surface RT) is painfully slow. The floating point performance is just horrible. The GPU is great, but Tegra isn't going in any gaming devices other than those actually made by nVidia.


RE: Not that great a deal
By Reclaimer77 on 8/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: Not that great a deal
By atechfan on 8/4/2014 1:58:57 PM , Rating: 4
Yet tablet sales are shrinking, probably because people are realising they CAN'T do everything they thought they would be able to do on a tablet.

HP seems so utterly directionless. Was anyone really asking for an Android laptop? If so, others would be launching them as well. I doubt the company responsible for the Palm fiasco really knows they direction the market is going.


RE: Not that great a deal
By Reclaimer77 on 8/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: Not that great a deal
By nikon133 on 8/4/2014 4:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow, I see Android laptop directly competing with Chromebooks; much more than with Windows laptops, anyway.

Personally, I'm not interested in either... even my tablet is x86 Windows variety... but if I'd have to choose, I think I'd rather go for Android laptop. Chrome platform is just... lacking at the moment.


RE: Not that great a deal
By retrospooty on 8/4/2014 5:36:07 PM , Rating: 2
"Yet tablet sales are shrinking"

Where do you see tablet sales shrinking? Growth has slowed, but it's not shrinking.

"HP seems so utterly directionless."

Yeah, that is true. A decade of piss poor leadership takes it's toll on a company. I too would like to know what customers were "asking for this" as they say. I think HP is listening to the wrong customers for the past decade.


RE: Not that great a deal
By Reclaimer77 on 8/5/2014 8:27:49 AM , Rating: 1
He just makes up whatever he needs to. It's ridiculous that something that might barely sell thousands of units is viewed as such a threat or offense to their sensibilities.

What's funny is that this guy will rave to you about the Surface all day long, then he also says "tablet sales are shrinking" when it's convenient.


RE: Not that great a deal
By EasyC on 8/4/2014 12:30:22 PM , Rating: 2
Except if you work in a thin client environment where the client is only responsible for connecting to the real environment. That makes this relatively nice to have a useful screen in a small/cheap form.


RE: Not that great a deal
By amanojaku on 8/4/2014 12:44:57 PM , Rating: 5
This isn't cheap. It's $430, and for that money FIT is right - get a freakin' laptop (4GiB, dual-core 2GHz, less than 3lbs, 500GB HDD starting at $250 ). You'll get better hardware and a wider selection of software. The only advantage this device has is the 1080p screen. Hell, this device isn't even a competent "thin" client: it's nearly 4lbs!!!


RE: Not that great a deal
By EasyC on 8/4/2014 2:18:00 PM , Rating: 2
The 1080p screen IS the reason to get it. 1366x768 just isn't enough to be productive. I'd rather spend my time working, than scrolling.


RE: Not that great a deal
By nikon133 on 8/4/2014 4:56:52 PM , Rating: 2
For thin client? Maybe... presuming that Android can do RDS or whatever standard is required from terminal server.

But for stand alone? In my work environment, availability of MS Office beats down to dust all other advantages, 1080p screen included. At present, there's just no way around it.


RE: Not that great a deal
By ritualm on 8/4/2014 6:08:21 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Except if you work in a thin client environment where the client is only responsible for connecting to the real environment.

Except that such a setup means the client is merely the frontend, while the company has servers somewhere in the building to handle all the heavy lifting. This Slatebook bypasses internal client-server architectures completely and uses external resources (Google's cloud service) instead, unless the company's IT department roots and flashes its ROM to have one that makes actual use of its own internal resources.

I'd rather use iPads, Nexus 7, and W8.1 tablets for "thin-client" work, thanks.


RE: Not that great a deal
By flyingpants1 on 8/4/2014 1:49:48 PM , Rating: 2
This is awful, but I'd prefer an Android laptop over ChromeOS any day. I don't understand why you need two.


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