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HP SlateBook 14 Android laptop announced

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HP SlateBook 14
HP SlateBook 14

HP has officially announced the HP SlateBook 14, which will be the first Android-powered laptop.

The HP SlateBook 14 features the kind of specs that you’d expect to see in a high-end Android phone. It’s got a 1080p touchscreen display (though it is a 14-inch example), a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU backed by 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage.

Then of course there’s the headline feature: the HP SlateBook 14 runs on a slightly out of date Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Hopefully that’ll receive a boost to Android 4.4 KitKat rather sharpish.

Of course, the HP SlateBook 14 also has a pretty traditional clamshell laptop design, with a full keyboard and trackpad to accompany that touchscreen. At 16mm thick it’s a pretty skinny example, though it weighs around 1.67kg.

Connectivity comes in the form of two USB 2.0 ports, a single USB 3.0 port, one HDMI, and a microSD slot. You also get Wi-Fi, as you might expect.

On the audio front, you get quad BeatsAudio speakers - HP will keep featuring the newly Apple-owned company’s branding in its products through this year and next.

HP is claiming 9 hours battery life for the SlateBook.

As we pointed out when the HP SlateBook 14 was leaked by HP at the end of April, it’s a little odd that HP is launching an Android laptop when Google already provides a lightweight laptop OS in Chrome OS.

Indeed, on the same day HP announced the SlateBook 14, it also revealed the HP Chromebook PC - a new Chrome-powered laptop.

The HP SlateBook 14 will be available from August in a rather unorthodox yellow and black colour scheme. It'll cost around $399, which is roughly £238.

Read More: HP Chromebook 14 review

Danielle

June 2, 2014, 12:58 pm

I've got a Chromebook and an Android phone. I think the Android makes more sense because you can install and run programs, such as 3rd part apps from Amazon. If that carries over to Android I'd be very willing to pay more for it. However, there is still the issue of RAW photo and video editing. Maybe there will be more power packed into this to handle it? Then again the new Apple announcements are coming in a few hours or so........

John doe

June 7, 2014, 5:27 am

RAW photo is currently supported in the stock camera app. It should be able to shot in RAW in the next camera update or two.

As for video editing at least a stock built in app is still lacking unfortunately. But 4.5 or 5.0 lollipop is just around the corner, so we could be in for a treat.

Danielle

June 9, 2014, 8:34 pm

Thanks JD. Well I guess I should clarify my question. Using other apps even the stock one, it can open a RAW file, but it's really opening the JPEG embedded in the RAW file. If that makes sense, condensing the image and losing some color. That is what I am trying to find a way around.

John doe

June 9, 2014, 10:44 pm

Gotcha, don't know of any app that will de embed the Jpg from a Raw file. Perhaps Photo Shop touch, haven't played with it in a while. At any rate now that Google opened its API form its camera app to Devs we just mite see such a feature.

Danielle

June 11, 2014, 11:17 am

Well for example I just uploaded my files from my Nikon into Google Plus. They were changed from RAW to JPEG in the process, though they still have a .NEF extension. But the image quality has gone down and most of the pictures look shaded. I'm only a semi-pro so maybe I could have adjusted to compensate, but I wouldn't know that till it changed. In any case, the issue continues :)

De-embedding the JPEG is what is happening now. Keeping the RAW is what I'd really love on a Chromebook. Then I wouldn't mind paying for the extra space

John doe

June 11, 2014, 11:33 pm

I pay for extra storage but no luck yet, maybe soon.

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