HP announces the HP SlateBook x2, a competitor to the Transformer series

May 15, 2013
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    HP has just announced its newest tablet in its recent Android foray, the HP SlateBook x2. The SlateBook joins the Slate 7 in HP’s Android tablet ranks, however, the Slatebook isn’t quite the budget device the Slate 7 is.

    The SlateBook x2 is an obvious competitor to the ASUS Transformer series, with its detachable keyboard, and is similar to HP’s other Windows 8 “hybrids”.

    The HP SlateBook x2 has a 10.1-inch Full HD IPS display, 64GB of storage, microSD slot and is running Android 4.2.2. Couple those great specs with a fire breathing quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, and this looks to be a tablet set to break some benchmark records.

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    All this comes at a great starting price of $479.99, however, it isn’t clear whether the price includes the keyboard dock. Speaking of the keyboard dock, it contains a full keyboard and trackpad, options for expansion through an SD card slot and USB port, as well as an additional battery to add more battery life to the tablet.

    The HP SlateBook x2 comes in two colors, snow white and smoke silver, and the tablet should begin shipping in August. It also comes with stereo sound DTS Sound+ Solution speakers to pump out your favorite tunes, movies and games.

    The SlateBook x2 has some very nice specs at a decent price and is sure to interest some people. You can check out the HP promo below.

    Would you be interested in buying the SlateBook x2? Or is the Transformer Pad Infinity more your style? Let us know in the comments.

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    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 15, 2013 — HP today announced the HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2, two detachable PCs that offer the full functionality of a notebook with a removable screen that also is a sleek tablet.

    Powered by the Android and Microsoft® Windows® 8 operating systems (OS), respectively, these versatile two-in-one devices combine power and portability, giving customers the flexibility to create, consume and share content in more places.

    HP’s unmatched portfolio of next-generation PCs is designed to enable users to connect with their information on devices that easily adapt to their needs. By releasing the magnetic hinge, users can move elegantly between the two form factors—tablet and notebook PC—all in one device.

    • The HP SlateBook x2 is the first Android detachable device with the NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, providing users more realistic gaming, fast web browsing and smooth high-definition (HD) video playback.1
    • The HP Split x2, powered by Microsoft Windows 8, features a 13.3-inch diagonal display and powerful processor and is ideal for work or play.

    “Customers want to access and share content anywhere, anytime, on any internet connected device—and they expect those connections to be seamless,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, HP. “The HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2 are next-generation devices and the latest examples of our continued commitment to evolving the computing experience by providing the flexibility necessary for customers to be productive at home, at the office or on the go.

    The HP SlateBook x2 and Split x2 join the award-winning HP ENVY x2 as part of HP’s detachable PC portfolio. The HP SlateBook x2 also joins the HP Slate7 as part of HP’s push to offer access to the Google experience, and to provide access through multiple operating systems.

    HP SlateBook x2

    The HP SlateBook x2 enables users to shift effortlessly from entertainment to work by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device that uses the popular Android operating system. 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, even while on the go.

    Ensuring users don’t trade functionality for portability, the HP SlateBook x2 features Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2  and delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.2

    The SlateBook x2 features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, enabling users to access the TegraZone app and experience Tegra 4-optimized games. The 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display delivers crisp lines, sharp images and precision color while reducing glare. The SlateBook x2 also includes 64 MB of storage and DTS Sound+ Solution for accessing and enjoying photos, music and videos.

    HP’s exclusive native printing capability allows users to print directly from most applications.

    HP Split x2

    The HP Split x2 is a versatile, two-in-one detachable PC that combines power and portability with the Windows 8 operating system and powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™  processor family. Consumers can now enjoy a high-performance ultraportable notebook suited for virtually any intensive task, and that doubles as a 13-inch tablet to give unparalleled entertainment capability for playing games, videos and more.

    Whether being used as a high-performance notebook or a tablet, the vibrant 13.3-inch diagonal HD touchscreen display makes it easier to view and share content, play games with friends and family, or enjoy high-quality music with HP Connected Music3 and Beats Audio™, which provides the best-sounding, richest audio experience on a PC.

    An optional hard disk in the base expands storage capacity while dual batteries allow users to stay ultramobile.

    The HP Split x2 offers an eye-catching design with a soft-touch coating that provides a comfortable hold and shows fewer fingerprints. The HP Split x2 also offers exclusive HP innovations such as a 2-megapixel HP TrueVision Full HD1 webcam and the HP ClickPad for precise multifinger and gesture navigation.

    HP complements its new PCs with a suite of exclusive solutions and services that provide an array of simple and easy-to-access support tools and resources to help customers take full advantage of all the features that HP has to offer. Customers can add to the standard product limited warranty with HP Care Pack services to protect new HP products, and enhance the overall experience with accidental damage protection that helps consumers breathe easier when accidental drops, spills and surges occur.

    For the HP SlateBook x2, customers can purchase the HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection,4 which helps them avoid out-of-pocket repair or replacement costs and provides door-to-door service to consumers’ homes so they are back up and running in no time. For the HP Split x2, customers can buy the HP Care Pack with Accidental Damage Protection4 bundled with Lojack,5 which allows customers to take immediate action to prevent data access if the PC is stolen.

    Pricing and availability

    The HP SlateBook x2 and HP Split x2 are expected to be available in the United States in August with starting prices of $479.99 and $799.99, respectively.6

    Additional information about the HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2 is available at www.hp.com/x2 and The Next Bench.

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    Comments

    • Mark Rich

      The netbook redesigned. Nice.

    • MasterMuffin

      Wow. Waiting for benchmarks now, I want to see what that Tegra has to give!

    • dextersgenius

      Any word on how much RAM this device is packing? And are the USB ports 2.0 or 3.0? If they are 2.0, might just wait for a Haswell ultrabook.

      • MasterMuffin

        You can’t compare this and ultrabook. Ultrabook is better in every way except for price and portability (size + battery life)

        • dextersgenius

          Yep, I know that – basically what I need a portable device which supports fast file transfers, and long battery life – and two devices fit that category – Transformer-like tablet hybrids or Ultraportables. If this Slatebook has USB 3.0 then I’d have no need to buy an Ultrabook. But right now Ultrabooks still aren’t that great as far as portability and battery life is concerned, but Intel’s Haswell might change all that. Either ways, this device won’t be launched until August, so there’s still lots of time to make a decision. :)

    • vakama75

      I wonder what asus is going to show with tegra 4 ^^

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    • Tets

      Finally a worthy tablet! Awesome specs, BTW to everyone below, androidcommunity says it does have 2 gb of ram (hoping for DDR3)… The weird thing is they say 16 gb internal, I hope 64 gb internal is true but I doubt it at $479.00. The dock will probably be over $100.00 extra but who cares if I can get over 10 hours battery life total. I am pretty sure it will have USB 2.0 and not 3.0, it is android after all. Still I can’t wait this sounds bad ass. I really hope that Tegra 4 is clocked really close to 2.0 ghz.

    • Ivan Myring

      Could be buying this if it is available in the UK and the keyboard is included in the price.

    • Tets

      So other websites say the keyboard dock is included for free, if true then the whole package is under $500.00. This hybrid tablet will be a huge success at that price point!!!

    • Knersis

      And where is 3G or LTE, come one. These things get sold as portable devices, use anywhere. Well pretty useless without those two options.

    • A.Noid

      I would be very concerned about their support afterwards. Would they release the source code for it? Would they update it? They have no history in this realm that I am aware of. Asus at least comes out with a few updates, and source code releases. I would want to wait for whatever Asus comes out with in Tegra 4, and then see.

      • Lazpl

        Yeah, HP has a great track record, just look at how they handled WebOS & Palm.

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