First look at the HP Slate X2 and Slate 21 at IFA (Videos)

September 9, 2013
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HP may not be the first name that comes to mind when you think of Android, but its new Slate X2 and Slate 21 devices should not be easily dismissed.

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At IFA 2013, we got to see the wares of a multitude of vendors, from large and powerful players like Samsung, to numerous underdogs, the companies fighting for the long tail of the Android industry.

While you wouldn’t think of HP as an underdog in most circumstances, when it comes to Android devices, the storied American company is very much a minor league player. Does that mean that its products aren’t worth out time? Of course not.

We got to spend a little time with HP’s latest Android products at the Pepcom Digital Focus event in Berlin and Josh recorded a couple of quick look videos starring the HP Slate X2 convertible tablet and the HP Slate 21 All-in-One.

The HP Slate X2 features a Full HD IPS display and is powered by Nvidia’s powerful new Tegra 4 processor. We found the interface smooth as silk and the fact that HP opted for stock Android is a big bonus. The Slate X2 is obviously sold as a productivity device, which is visible in its understated design but also in the presence of a keyboard attachment. The keyboard contains a battery of its own and provides a few extra connectivity options. Overall, from our limited time with the accessory, we find it pretty useful, especially since it includes a trackpad.

Check out our hands-on video:

The HP Slate 21 is one of the more unique Android devices that we’ve seen at IFA 2013 – a 21-inch Full HD Android-powered All-In-One PC. While it’s debatable how ready Android is for use on PCs, the Slate 21 may be an attractive option for those looking for a simple, powerful PC that can tap into the Android ecosystem. The Slate 21 is powered by a Tegra 4 chip, and, as you can see below, it’s adequately fast. One of the best use cases for this AiO could be gaming, especially since the Slate 21 supports TegraZone games and Bluetooth controllers.

And here’s our video:

Are you impressed with HP’s Android products? If not, why not?

Comments

  • InfiniteDroid

    IF the x2 hade launched 6 months earlier i would havet bought it, but now HP lags a bit behind, i would much rather buy the new asus transformer infinity with hits lovely 2560 x 1600 display

  • Spruce Cycle

    Yah, cut away quickly as the non-intuitive docking clamp trips him up

    • MasterMuffin

      … So you take pictures with your tablet and edit them? What tablet may I ask has a good camera for photographing and what’s that editing, instagram filters?

      • Spruce Cycle

        Samsung galaxy 8 has an excellent camera and Photoshop touch is an excellent app. Just bc u do nothing on ur tabs doesnt mean we are all timewasters.

        • MasterMuffin

          I don’t take photos with my tablet (because it’s stupid) = I do nothing and I’m just a timewaster. Logic is strong in this one. Anyways, if you mean galaxy NOTE 8.0, it has a decent camera, but nothing to write home about and certainly not a good camera even for a casual photographer.

          • Obed David Perez Uri

            Agree it’s stupid to take photos with a tablet… and trust me on my country you can’t do it cause thieves will stole it from you before you take the first shot xD!

          • MasterMuffin

            Do you live somewhere in South America?

          • Obed David Perez Uri

            Dominican Republic xd

          • MasterMuffin

            close guess :)

          • Obed David Perez Uri

            Where’re you from?

            PD: Spanish? xD

          • MasterMuffin

            I’m from Finland, the random country somewhere in North Europe :D

    • Anders CT

      Its a laptop. Who needs a backfacing camera on a laptop?

      I’m writing this on a Slatebook x2, 32Gb. It is not a perfect device, but it is still pretty awesome. Android rocks on the dekstop.

      • Spruce Cycle

        It is most certainly not a laptop and ur arguments against consumer choice befits a drone like you.

        • Anders CT

          I made no arguments against consumer choice, and yes, the Slatebook is a laptop. I’m typing on it now. It is very much a laptop, and I doubt that most people value an expensive and high-powered camera on the back of their laptop. I certainly don’t.

          • Spruce Cycle

            It is NOT a laptop and HP absolutely does not describe it that way. It is a tablet. And most ppl know the difference between LAPTOPS and TABLETS. Cept you.

          • Anders CT

            HP describes it as a PC. But if you showed it to 50 different people, most would definately name it a laptop. Because it is.

  • Jarl

    if the Slate 21 had a (mini/micro)hdmi port so i could also use it as a monitor, i would love to have one, so i replace my Acer DA220HQL, which is a piece of crap with android 4.0.4 and NO support from Acer

  • Anders CT

    I’ve used the slatebook X2 for a month now. Here i my impressions:

    The good:

    The screen is sharp and clear with good resolution. Not too few pixels and not too many.

    It feels responsive and snappy, browsing is fast, apps launch quickly.

    It has very good battery life

    Jelly bean is in fact pretty decent with mouse and keyboard.

    The keyboard is small, but feels good. Useful for programming with AIDE, for writing mails, editing documents and taking notes.

    The trackpad works well although I often just use the touchscreen.

    Pretty clean install. No skinning and only a single piece of bloatware

    Stereo front facing speakers.

    Bluetooth 4

    Bad

    A bit too warm colors. Almost with a tint of yellow.

    Non-standard charger. USB cable to connect to tablet not included. Rooting difficult..

    Poor rear-facing camera. Should not have been included.

    The dock has a little bit of free travel, which feels a bit flimsy.

    USB 2.0. Why not 3.0?

    I would like the combined navigation and notification bar of ICS back. Also i would like to be able to set its alpha.

    No keyboard navigation when editing spreadsheets in Kingsoft Office. This sucks.

  • phaul

    Can I ask a question,how can I use USB modems in slate 21???pls help me for this problem

  • fillanator

    Could u use the HP slate all in one as a 2nd or primary monitor for a windows desktop ? I know there’s no HDMI in but would a USB to HDMI cable work ?