We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. If you're using an ad-blocker you might miss out on seeing the deals. Learn More

HP SlateBook 14 Android laptop announced

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Then of course there’s the headline feature: the HP SlateBook 14 runs on a slightly out of date Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.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

Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links. Tell us what you think – email the Editor