Rumors have been circulating for over a year now that Google wanted to make a high-end Android laptop, and it looks like HP beat them to the punch.
Notebook Italia has uncovered a demo video and product photos for the HP SlateBook 14, a 14″ laptop which runs Android on an Nvidia CPU. They’re saying that this is a new product which could be coming on the market this year.
The specs list for the SlateBook 14 is still incomplete, but the video reveals that it comes equipped with Beats Audio, a bevy of USB and other ports, and runs Android on an unspecified Nvidia quad-core CPU.
And oh yes, it is not a hybrid. The SlateBook 14 differs from the many other Android notebooks on the market (including one from HP) in that the SlateBook 14 doesn’t pull double duty as a tablet. That makes it truly a rare beast among Android devices. It’s not the first Android laptop, but so far as I know it is the first released by a major device maker. It’s possibly also the first Android laptop released with Google’s blessing (it comes with Google Play ).
At this point we still don’t know the screen resolution, RAM, storage, or anything about the cameras, but the video does show that the Slatebook 14 has a touchscreen, and it does mention that the screen resolution is HD.
We will probably know more next month; HP is probably going to show it off at Computex 2014 in Taipei.