HP sure has a lot of wacky ideas and plans for how to get noticed in the crowded, volatile and challenging Android décor, starting with 14-inch Google-powered laptops and even 21-inch all-in-one PCs.
Did we or did we not “warn” you a spin-off of the dirt-cheap HP 7 Plus Android tablet was coming? We certainly did, although we never suspected several follow-ups were in the works. But as it turns out, the 3G-enabled 7 Plus G2 sighted at the FCC isn’t going to fly solo into the sunset, with a Wi-Fi-only 7 G2 also looming large on the horizon.
You get what you pay for with the sub-$100 HP 7 Plus, which is why HP is apparently looking to slightly up the ante. A 7 Plus G2 has been spotted paying a visit to the FCC, and the first glaring upgrade is 3G support.
We’re currently in the midst of a crazy packed IFA 2014 opening day in Berlin, Germany, as Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Asus, to name a few, have been quick to announce and showcase all kinds of exciting new gear.
In addition to spearheading Microsoft’s Chromebooks-crushing actions with a $200 full Windows 8.1-running laptop called the Stream, HP continues to cross swords with Google in the low-cost tablet ring, where Android is substantially ahead of Windows as far as global sales are concerned.
Thus far, HP has kept a consistent distance between its two Chromebook lines performance-wise, fitting the smaller, lower-end 11-inch models with ARM-based Exynos chips, and the larger, beefed-up 14 inchers with Intel Celeron processing solutions.
If the recent exposé of the high-end Pro Slate 8 wasn’t enough to prove HP is gradually becoming serious about its Android prospects, newly harvested information on a Slate 6 VoiceTab Plus and Pro Slate 12 should once and for all clarify the PC maker’s growing mobile ambitions.
Loading Android, which by definition is a mobile operating system, on a full-fledged laptop is sure a wacky idea, and many of you probably expected HP’s SlateBook 14 to end up vaporware. But look here, the experimental Jelly Bean-running notebook is now up for grabs at $430 a pop.
HP appears to be prepping an unprecedented high-end charge in the tablet space. The Pro Slate 8, not to be confused with the Slate 8 Pro, is pretty much the textbook definition of an Android-running iPad mini “killer,” sporting a Retina-grade 2,048 x 1,536 pixels resolution display.
Starting to find it difficult to differentiate all the inexpensive, unpretentious mini-laptops built around Intel’s low-cost, low-power Bay Trail processors? Then maybe you’ll be interested in an alternative AMD Mullins contraption.
Since HP is in a pretty serious slump as far as traditional PC sales are concerned, the company’s newfound focus on portable alternatives (read tablets) didn’t really surprise anyone. But the once mighty computer maker’s slate strategy is all over the place, with its Android portfolio in particular making no lick of sense.
HP started selling the Chromebox last month for $179. For those of you who don’t know, HP Chromebox is a desktop-like system with Intel Celeron processor under the hood. However, the system didn’t come with any peripherals, except the power cable. Recently, HP introduced a new Chromebox bundle, which now comes with a mouse and a keyboard, just for $199. The keyboard comes with a layout that is specifically designed for the Chrome OS.