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HP preparing to announce first Google-blessed touchscreen Android notebook


A hidden video (embedded below) discovered on HP’s website by Notebook Italia shows off HP’s upcoming Slatebook 14. As the name implies, the machine comes with a 1080p 14″ touchscreen display. What’s really interesting about this computer is the software. Instead of the usual Windows or Chrome OS options, the Slatebook will reportedly run Android.

The machine has apparently been given Google’s blessing, since according to the video it will feature the Play Store and all of the company’s first-party apps, along with the entire catalog of third-party Android apps.

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In terms of specs, the Slatebook will sport a quad-core Tegra 4 or Tegra 1k along with 2 GB of RAM. Typical Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections will also be available. Beats Audio will be included as well. An HDMI-out port can be seen on the side of the machine, accompanied by 3 USB ports, though there’s no mention of whether these are USB 2.0 or 3.0.

What appears to be a SIM card slot is also visible, indicating that there will be a cellular variant of the computer.

There’s no indication yet of when the Slatebook will be announced or made available for sale, but given that the promotional video is alreayd uploaded to HP’s website, we’d say it’s probably not too far off.

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