Don’t fancy Chromebooks, you might like Androidbooks. After a half-hearted attempt by Lenovo at an Androidbook, HP is now planning to launch a full-fledged notebook with Android as its operating system, which will be dubbed as Slatebook 14.
Folks at Notebook Italia have got hold of the demo and product tour videos of the Slatebook 14, which reveal some key details about the device.
HP Slatebook 14 will come with a 14-inch full HD display, NVIDIA Tegra quad-core processor (exact SoC unclear but will most likely be Tegra 4), Google Play support and Android (exact version unknown but will probably be KitKat or Android 4.3). The Androidbook will also support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and pack HDMI out, 3xUSB 2.0, SD card slot and SIM card slot (optional).
In addition, Slatebook 14 will feature Beats Audio, webcam, and 3.5mm audio jack. The notebook is expected to be released in multiple colour options.
There is no word on the avalability or pricing of HP Slatebook 14 at this moment.
Can Androidbooks work?
In my personal opinion, with the increasing availability of tablet-specific apps, which can work great on the large-screen devices, Androidbooks can be more productive than Chromebook. Also, thanks to the presence of Android, Androidbooks will support native apps, which is not the case with Chrome OS. Chrome OS supports Native clients but they are not truly native. The huge Google Play store is another positive for Androidbooks.