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HP's 14" Android notebook gets official

Remember that 14” Android notebook from Hewlett-Packard that we first told you about in late April? HP has now officially announced the new machine that features a 1080p touch screen display.
 
The Slatebook PC comes packin’ an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. 64GB of internal storage is included and the 16mm thick notebook weighs in at a relatively hefty 3.71 pounds. Battery life for the machine is listed at a competitive 9 hours.

HP Slatebook 14 

The 14” Slatebook PC will be priced at $399 when it launches in August.
 
HP also has another Google-powered machine in the pipeline as well: a refreshed 11” Chromebook. The Chromebook 11 features a 1366x768 display and is powered by a Samsung Exynos 5250 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. A paltry 16GB of storage is included, so you’ll be relying heavily on Google Drive to handle your storage duties.


HP Chromebook 11
 
Battery life for the 2.69-pound Chromebook is listed a 6 hours.
 
The Chromebook 11 will be available in white and turquoise, and will be priced at $279.

Source: HP



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Hmm... Not sure who would want this.
By retrospooty on 6/1/2014 2:33:28 PM , Rating: 5
I am a happy Android user, but anything this size I wouldn't want running Android. It just doesn't seem the right fit. I guess it handles the "browsing, email, light games" that any tablet would on Android, IOS, Chromebook, WP, or RT, but it just seems a waste. If I had something that big it needs full Windows. Maybe that is just me.




By eek2121 on 6/1/2014 3:26:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'd have to see it before i pass judgement. Android has office apps (though lightweight), games, a web browser, photoshop (also lightweight), etc.


By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/1/2014 3:35:11 PM , Rating: 2
Android on a tablet -- fine
Chrome OS on a notebook -- I get it
Android on a notebook -- **crickets**


RE: Hmm... Not sure who would want this.
By althaz on 6/1/2014 10:51:47 PM , Rating: 4
Even Chrome OS on a laptop I don't get. Sure, it does most of what some people want, but for a little bit extra ($40 it costs the OEMs to add Windows) you can get something that actually does everything some people want. Chrome OS can AT BEST get by. Maybe it'll mature into something great, but it sure as hell isn't there yet.


By amanojaku on 6/1/2014 11:52:28 PM , Rating: 2
I don't get Chrome OS, period. Google should have just enhanced Android with Chrome OS features, giving end users the choice between local and cloud apps. Scaling Android up from phone to desktop is much easier than scaling Windows down from desktop to phone, so I understand why MS made RT. And the Android app library is already mature, which is the main reason Chrome OS hasn't taken off yet: no apps! It seems like Chrome OS was built specifically for netbooks, which are dead, so Chrome OS is looking for relevancy. Just pull the plug already.


By GulWestfale on 6/1/2014 4:35:59 PM , Rating: 3
i bought an asus transformer with windows 8 and a full office license for 400 bucks. granted, the screen is only 10 inches, but it is touchscreen and runs all windows programs. so who would buy this $400 android thing? people who know nothing about technology buy windows (or apple, if they're rich), and people who do know something about it will stay away from an android laptop. this is little more than a novelty item.


RE: Hmm... Not sure who would want this.
By amanojaku on 6/1/2014 8:09:59 PM , Rating: 2
What's wrong with running Android, FireFox OS, iOS, Sailfish OS, Windows Phone, etc... on a large device? All someone has to do is make decent productivity apps.

To me, the waste is the price: $400 gets you an x86 laptop with 4GiB of RAM and a 500GB HD. Ok, I'll trade the HD for the SSD. However, this comes with Android. HP saved on OS licensing, anywhere from $50-$100. 2GiB SO-DIMMs start at $20 retail!!! This device is overpriced, 1080p screen or not.


By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 6/1/2014 9:41:04 PM , Rating: 2
Plus HP is using Samsung's Exynos 5250 processor, which couldn't be very expensive. Then again, Intel must be selling their new Atom chip (Silvermont) pretty cheap as it is in HP's new $100 8" tablet. I would think that $250 would be the most anyone would pay for a decent quality chromebook with an ARM processor.


By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 6/1/2014 9:38:58 PM , Rating: 1
Plus don't a lot of streaming video and non mobile websites don't always play well with mobile operating systems. For example the youtube app sometimes don't support streaming your favorite videos. And streaming porn sites often don't work. Then again I have an old 1.2GHz Dual Core ARM Tablet running Android 4.1, but I don't think that matters.

I love Android on my phone, because no software company can get the above working right. But on a Tablet I would want the above working. I actually use my Chromebook far more than I ever used a tablet.


By coburn_c on 6/2/2014 12:35:29 AM , Rating: 2
A 14" android tablet with a non-removable keyboard and mediocre battery life? Plus it's an HP? Who wouldn't want it...


RE: Hmm... Not sure who would want this.
By Reclaimer77 on 6/2/14, Rating: 0
By Dorkyman on 6/2/2014 11:11:55 AM , Rating: 2
Windows just for gaming? You are joking, right?

I'd guess 95% of Windows installations are running Windows applications that either do not exist on other platforms or are more expensive overall.

Windows is the overwhelmingly dominant vehicle worldwide for anything other than simple tasks like surfing, texting, and email. Inertia alone will keep it dominant for decades to come.


By retrospooty on 6/2/2014 2:05:37 PM , Rating: 1
"What does screen size have to do with it?"

Like I said, maybe its just me, but if I am going to carry something of this size, it needs to be a fully cuntional PC. Not even Win RT, it needs x86. It's not about screen utilization at all.

"Also it seems like Android, not ChromeOS, is what you would really want anyway. It's got way more app support and with Android you can sign in to the Play Store and migrate your entire app catalog and all your contacts and settings from your phone to this device in one simple step."

Agreed, if it were a choice between Android and Chrome, I would take Android.

"You're basically saying don't compete, hand Microsoft a complete monopoly. I don't get this coming from you of all people."

mmmmmmmno. That isnt what I said at all. I just don't see 14 inch Android laptops being a big seller. Love it on a phone, love it on a tablet. Pass on the laptop.


By ritualm on 6/2/2014 5:47:02 PM , Rating: 2
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What does screen size have to do with it? Android can utilize just as much screen space as Windows, can run multiple windows at once, just like Windows. Hell if you want you can make the UI exactly like Windows. I would assume they're going to be running some UI scheme on top of Android that makes full use of the real estate.

Also it seems like Android, not ChromeOS, is what you would really want anyway. It's got way more app support and with Android you can sign in to the Play Store and migrate your entire app catalog and all your contacts and settings from your phone to this device in one simple step.

You're basically saying don't compete, hand Microsoft a complete monopoly. I don't get this coming from you of all people.

This isn't the 2000's anymore people. The only reason to run Windows anymore is for gaming. Everything else can be done on something else.

How about NO?

It's not a matter of handing "Microsoft a complete monopoly", in fact this is nowhere close to the truth. You're sounding like Argon18 - you just want to see Redmond curl up and die so Mountain View can walk in and monopolize the market themselves, with nary a complaint from yours truly.

Android on a laptop? No thanks. Unlike Windows, I can't do anything useful with it when I'm done gaming on it, and the damn thing's not anywhere as portable as a phone or tablet. Also, HUGE 1" bezels on this 14" "laptop", do not want.


HP - clueless
By Bubbacub on 6/1/2014 4:57:10 PM , Rating: 2
HP seem to just be randomly releasing products with no thought or development in the vague hope that one of these hopeless designs will become really popular.

Really sad to see such a great company continue to slide down the toilet.




By StraightCashHomey on 6/1/2014 5:35:22 PM , Rating: 2
If its not running an (at least) an x86 CPU, I haven't seen a decent Chromebook yet. It just seems far too slow compared to other ChromeBooks with Celeron CPUs. HP's last Chromebook, the HP 11, doesn't seem any different than this. 6 hours of battery life for a newly-released Chromebook? Yawn. Wake me up when you have 10 to 12, even at that price range.




By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 6/1/2014 9:48:49 PM , Rating: 2
The Exynos 5250 in this HP Chromebook is 1.7GHz dual A15 cores, whereas the new Exynos 5 5420 CPU is 1.8GHz quad A15+ cores. I wonder how much closer this bring the ARM Chromebook experience inline with the Intel Celeron 847 or 2955U?

When the day comes that an ARM processor is as good as the current low voltage/frequency Intel, that is the day that I buy an ARM Chromebook.




By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 6/1/2014 10:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
The new Samsung Chromebook 2 is using the newer Exynos 5400 (aka Exynos 5 Quad) that uses redesigned Cortex A15 CPUs and adds 200MHz clock frequency. Plus the newer Exynos has a new GPU that is twice as powerful. Probably has more improvements, but that's just the highlights.

I hope the new Exynos 5400 generation of SOCs will be the beginning of $200-300 laptops that can sufficiently run me plenty of tabs without running out of memory or dropping frames of streaming video. I will not buy another computer that requires me to save memory by closing tabs in order to avoid performance related hiccups.

My Acer C720 would be perfect as the only performance problem it has is from having too little memory 2GB. The Samsung Chromebook 2 has 4GB of memory, and if IIRC ARM based OS's generally use memory more efficiently. So if the CPU performance of Samsung's 1.9GHz Quad modified ARM Cortex A15 cores is close to the performance of an Intel Celeron 2955u then sign me up. In that case I'd pay $250 for Samsung Chromebook 2. Only the cost of one hour with a whore.




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