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HP Readying 14-inch Android-Powered Laptop (Report)

HP is reportedly prepping a new Android-powered laptop for release in the not too distant future. A video posted on and subsequently removed from HP's website showed off the 14-inch notebook, dubbed the Slatebook 14. It looks like quite an impressive package.

Initially noticed by Notebook Italia, the Slatebook 14's demo video showed a laptop sporting a 1080p, touch screen display powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor. It's not clear whether the Slatebook 14 will get Nvidia's Tegra 4 chip or its new high-powered Tegra K1 CPU, but either should be more than capable of handling anything you throw its way.

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The Slatebook 14 should also come with 2GB of RAM, an HDMI port and three USB slots. There may also be a SIM card slot on the side of the laptop, which points to a potential LTE version of the system. On the entertainment front, the Slatebook 14 may also include a pair of Beats Audio-powered speakers.

The Slatebook 14 isn't HP's first foray into the Android-powered laptop category. The company's Slatebook X2 also runs Google's mobile OS, though that device features a detachable display that can be used as a tablet. The $399  X2 is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and includes a 1920 x 1200-pixel display.

Ultimately, we gave the X2 a 3.5-star rating due to its strong performance, comfortable keyboard and slick multi-modal design. We did, however, knock it for having a short battery life and awkward back-mounted buttons. We're hoping the Slatebook 14 builds on the X2's positive aspects, while addressing its missteps.

via Notebook Italia

A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining Laptopmag.com. He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.