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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop 121

PC Mag reports that an upcoming laptop from HP (one that was prematurely announced in April, and now official) has decent-to-good specs — under 4 pounds, battery life more than 8 hours, Tegra processor, and a 1928x1080 touch screen — but an unusual operating system, at least for a laptop. The SlateBook 14 will run Android, rather than Windows (or ChromeOS, for that matter), which helps keep it relatively cheap, at $400. According to the article, Android is "a lot cheaper for HP to implement in a laptop; ChromeOS, in contrast, comes with more stringent system requirements that would cost HP a bit more." Ars Technica's mention in April includes a screenshot taken from a video (note: video itself appears to be disabled) which shows the keyboard layout and which reveals some Android-specific changes. Update: 06/01 19:23 GMT by T : Here's an alternative link to the promotional video.
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HP (Re-)Announces a 14" Android Laptop

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  • by Greg666NYC ( 3665779 ) on Sunday June 01, 2014 @02:56PM (#47142305)
    They will happily subsidize your hardware. Latest OS available from M$ plus free hardware evaluation and optimization on assembler level.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 01, 2014 @03:35PM (#47142525)

    Who is going to match Apple for top-of-the-line laptops, which a professional can use for 5-6 years before replacement?

    Pretty much anyone with a flat top on the screen.
    Close the lid, put the order on the lid, walk to the table, and serve the coffee.

    Wouldn't a tray be lighter though?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday June 01, 2014 @06:34PM (#47143455)

    Was in a rush to get a replacement desktop, thought I was getting a duel core, after everything was setup discovered it was single core.
    Yes, should have looked into it more but from the PC description, it sure looked to be duel core.

    You bought duelling core processors and one of them lost the duel. So you got the computer you wanted, not the computer you expected. There is a difference.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982