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HP unveils Android Slatebook PC and updated Chromebook 11

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Mon Jun 02 2014, 13:36

HP UNVEILED the Slatebook PC running Android this weekend, along with an updated Chromebook 11 laptop.

The HP Slatebook PC is the company's first laptop to run just Android, with the firm focusing on dual-boot Android and Windows devices until now. The device runs Google's older Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile operating system, with no word on an update to Android 4.4 Kitkat yet, and is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM.

HP Slatebook PC runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

There's a 14in 1920x1080 resolution screen inside the laptop's black and yellow chassis, which measures 16mm thick. Despite Apple's buyout of the company, the HP Slatebook PC boasts integrated Beats Audio, along with one USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports and an HDMI output port. There's also a front-facing webcam, nine hour battery life and 16GB to 64GB of internal storage.

The HP Slatebook PC will be available in the US from August priced at $399.99, or around £245, but there's no word on UK availability yet.

HP's updated Chromebook is less of an update, and it sees the firm's HP Chromebook 11 getting an update to look more like its 14in sibling. It features the same 1366x768 resolution screen as its predecessor, and has 16GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. HP claims the battery will last for almost seven hours, a slight improvement on the six hours we managed to get out of the previous Chromebook 11.

HP updated Chromebook 11

The updated HP Chromebook PC will be available in different colours, with initial stock set to be made available in turquoise and white. A 3G version will also be available in the future.

The device will cost $249 when it goes on sale in the US, but no further availability details have been announced yet. µ

 

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