Without a whole lot of hoopla, HP has unveiled its second entry into the Android space – the HP SlateBook x2. Unlike the HP Slate 7 which features mediocre specs and design materials, the HP SlateBook x2 comes packed with top-notch internals and a sleek design. Rather than creating a run of the mill Android tablet, HP has decided to go head-to-head with ASUS and its keyboard equipped Transformer series.
Powering the HP SlateBook x2 is the latest 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor which is paired with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage and a 10.1-inch WUXGA(1920 x 1200) anti-glare touchscreen display. The 2-cell (25WHr) battery within the SlateBook x2 should give users 10 hours of use on a single charge, but battery life can be boosted another 8 hours when docked with the keyboard thanks to the built-in 2-cell (21WHr) battery. HP is also very much in favor of expandable storage with a microSD card slot built into the tablet and traditional SD card slot tucked into the side of the keyboard.
The HP SlateBook x2 is scheduled to go on sale in August for $479. It may be slightly more expensive than the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, but the HP SlateBook x2′s higher resolution display, keyboard dock and extra battery life should make HP’s second Android tablet a great alternative for those who don’t mind parting with an additional $79.
HP SlateBook x2 specifications
- Android 4.2
- NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 T40S with Intel HD Graphics (1.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache)
- 10.1″ diagonal WUXGA anti-glare LED-backlit Touchscreen (1920 x 1200)
- Intel HD Graphics 4000
- 2 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 (on-board)
- 16 GB SATA SSD
- 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth
- 2-cell (25WHr) Li-Ion; 2-cell (21WHr) Li-Ion polymer
- Up to 10 hours (tablet only); Up to 8 hours (tablet and keyboard)
- 10.16 x 7.17 x 0.38 in (tablet); 10.16 x 7.63 x 0.81 in (tablet and base)
- 1.34 lb (tablet); 2.8 lb (tablet and base)