HP Slatebook 14 packs pure Android OS, starts at $399

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The Slatebook 14 is HP's first pure Android laptop. HP

Pure Android is no stranger to smartphones or tablets, and now it can include laptops in its repertoire. HP just unveiled the Slatebook 14, which runs a pure version of the Android operating system, and with availability starting August 6, it's priced to sell at $399.

The HP Slatebook 14 features a traditional laptop body, but its 14-inch display is a touchscreen, making it one of the largest portable devices running pure Android. Despite this, HP made the Slatebook pretty darn small, at 16mm thick and a relatively light 1.7kg (3.7 pounds).

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The 14-inch touchscreen laptop will go on sale in August. HP

The exterior of the Slatebook 14 features a yellow trim that accents its thin frame and gives it a youthful look. HP has yet to specify which version of the Android OS the Slatebook 14 will ship with or what screen resolution to expect, but we do know it houses up to 64GB of storage space, 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU, and a purported 9.5-hour battery life.

The Slatebook 14 isn't the only new Android-based device HP has announced. A $249 Chromebook, naturally running Google's Chrome OS, made its debut alongside the HP h -- a tablet/laptop hybrid -- and the 13-inch Pavilion and 15-inch Envy -- a pair of convertible PCs that offer a rotating 360-degree hinge. That's quite the lineup.

Before it hits the US in August, according to HP, the Slatebook 14 will be available in the UK in July for £329. Check back to CNET for more information once we get our hands on the HP Slatebook 14. What do you think of a pure Android laptop with a touchscreen? Let us know in the Comments below.

Editor's note: This article was modified to add UK pricing and availability.

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