Looks like HP is making a hybrid Android tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

April 30 2013

HP recently launched the 7-inch Slate 7 tablet for $169.99
HP recently launched the 7-inch Slate 7 tablet for $169.99

HP is getting a newfound taste for Android tablets. In the same week as it launched the $169 Slate 7, the Palo Alto computer giant is now said to be preparing a premium 10-inch model which may be able to dock into an optional keyboard.

This latest device is called the SlateBook 10 X2 tablet and has a 10-inch display, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, according to AnTuTu benchmarks which were first reported on German language website TabTech.

It’s unclear at this time on if the device will have the same docking facilities as found on HP’s Envy x2, although the presence of "X2" and “Book” in the product name would suggest that this is a distinct possibility.

If this model was to come to market, it would represent HP’s latest attempt at shifting its reliance away from Microsoft’s Windows 8 for its tablets and Ultrabooks.

Tech news website ReadWrite reported back in February that the company was gearing up to launch a number of Android tablets, with HP CFO Bill Veghte commenting shortly afterwards that the firm has a “multi-year” roadmap for consumer and enterprise tablets.

At the time, Creative Strategies analyst Ben Bajarin told TabTimes that it made sense for HP to be working on both Android and Windows 8.

“HP supporting Android at this point in time is deeply strategic,” said Bajarin.

“As any vendor who has history in the PC industry knows, it can be rough when you are completely dependent on only one OS platform provider.”

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