HP bets big with hybrid Android tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

May 15 2013

HP's SlateBook x2 starts from $479.99 and includes a keyboard dock
HP's SlateBook x2 starts from $479.99 and includes a keyboard dock

Convertible tablets are all the rage but they don’t have to run Windows 8. Just ask HP, which is attempting to prove just that with the Android-powered SlateBook x2.

HP announced the SlateBook x2 on Tuesday, with the 10.1-inch tablet boasting Android 4.2.2, Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chipset and a keyboard dock which bears a close resemblance to HP’s highly-rated Envy x2 tablet.

"With an advanced magnetic hinge design and dual battery system -- one battery in the base and one in the tablet -- users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back," said HP in a statement.

The SlateBook x2 also has a 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS panel, 16GB of memory (expandable via microSD), 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage as standard. The included keyboard adds two USB ports, an SD card slot, an HDMI jack and an extra battery which promises to double tablet battery life to more than eight hours.

The Android tablet is expected to hit the U.S market in August with a starting price of $479.99.

The release of this model shouldn’t come as such a shock given the reported benchmarks on the model last month and previous reports of HP attempting to reduce its reliance on Windows 8.

It has certainly done that with the new Android model, one of the few convertible tablets to be powered by Google’s OS, although it also announced another new convertible Windows 8 notebook.

The Split x2 features a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, a Core i3 processor, 4GB Of memory and a 500GB hard drive included in the keyboard base.

HP promotes the notebook as being “ideal for work or play” and says it will launch for $799.99 in August.

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