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Then of course there’s the headline feature: the HP SlateBook 14 runs on a slightly out of date Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.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

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