Chromebooks have made headlines ever since they were introduced. Though initially the project received largely negative impressions, over time, Chrome OS and Chromebooks manufactured by different manufacturers have proved to be worthy. However, there was one thing that was truly conflicting between a Chromebook and a large-sized Android tab: the lack of apps.
Google has introduced a new type of apps that run offline as standalone apps, but the library is yet to grow. On the other hand, Android has tons of apps that one may find more useful than those web-based apps which most often require an active internet connection. Still Chromebooks had the upper hand because they came with a built-in keyboard that works like an actual computer keyboard.
However, the conflicting war has just begun now that HP, a company that has already been selling Chromebooks running Chrome OS, has announced a new device called Slatebook 14. This laptop looks a lot like a Chromebook, and a lot of people will make the mistake at the first glance. But the twist is, it’s actually an Android-powered device.
At 14-inch, HP Slatebook 14 has the upper hand over any Chromebook available these days (including Chromebook Pixel, the highest end Chromebook ever produced). Because Android ecosystem is so full of useful apps that can take advantage of the extra screen state, it’s automatically a better choice for consumers over a Chromebook running Chrome OS which has a few limited apps that truly work offline.
Now the question is, why would anyone pick an Chromebook if a similar device is available running on Android? The Android-powered device like HP Slatebook 14 is a far better choice. Take Skype video calling for example. You can’t Skype with your friends on a Chromebook. But on a laptop running on Android can easily power a Skype conversation conveniently.
HP Slatebook 14 is powered by a quad-core processor made by Nvidia. It has a touchscreen, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, 3 USB ports and a 3.5mm audio jack for music fans. HP hasn’t yet officially announced the availability of the device yet, nor has it revealed the pricing of this new laptop. But it’s already pretty clear that a big conflict is going to happen between Chromebooks and laptops like HP Slatebook 14 that offer similar hardware with a better operating system.
The only differentiating factor could be the price. If this Android-powered laptop costs significantly higher than most Chromebooks available today, then it’ll be easier for consumers to make a choice. If the prices stay on the same range, a lot of people would undoubtedly opt for the Android laptop. And since HP makes both Chromebooks and now this Android-powered laptop, it’s a safe bet that the company will want to sell both of the devices and therefore will keep a reasonable difference between the pricing of the two.
Let’s just wait and see what happens next.
If price wasn’t a factor, would you choose an Android-powered laptop over a Chromebook running on top of Chrome OS? Tell us your comments.