Jul 31 AT 11:58 AM Nick Gray 25 Comments

HP SlateBook x2 to launch in August for $479 – set to outclass the competition

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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.

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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)

Source: HP

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • rex

    “Powering the HP SlateBook x2 is the latest 1.8GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor which is paired with an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chip…” This makes no sense at all. You can’t have Intel HD graphics in an Nvidia Tegra processor. It just doesn’t work like that.

    • Arthur

      Im sure they have their specs scrambled. Tegra 4 is a SoC, CPU and GPU in one and the Intel onboard GPU they are referencing is compatible only with X86 architecture CPU’s which the Tegra 4 is ARM based.

      • CPG716

        Ok.. But now I see. HP lists it that way on their site… even more scary!!

        • Meg Whitman

          Picky, picky, picky.
          I’ll have it fixed. OK?


    • CPG716

      Lol.. Exactly.. They listed it twice even.. Scares me that a “Tech” writer wouldn’t know this without hesitation.

    • Heather H

      One other hybrid tablet — the Hummingbird PX103 by Aocos Electronics, also launched last week and while a lesser known brand, offers an impressive, ultra compact “Transformer-style” 10-inch device that features a durable, snap-on cover that reconfigures to work as a mini-laptop with built-in keyboard – one of the first U.S. sites it’s available through is TabletSprint and is priced at $259.

      As Aocos Electronics’ third edition in the Hummingbird series, the PX103 offers a sleek design and features some impressive technology for a mid-range device… offering a Quad Core processor (Rockchip RK3188 1.6 GHz / Mali-400MP4 GPU/2GB DDR3), 16GB Memory, a 10 inch HD 1280×800 IPS screen, Bluetooth 4.0 (which works with built-in keyboard), a front Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera, HDMI 1080p output, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; and comes preinstalled with Google Play store and is compatible with the new Chromecast HDTV wireless device as well as Miracast TV.

      The Hummingbird PX103 features a compact and ultra-thin, 9.6mm profile and weight-wise comes in at 1.4 pounds… not far off from Sony’s Xperia world’s thinnest and lightest tablet device.

      A 3G edition of the PX103 is also expected in late August.

    • Orlando

      Stock Android, fast updates….

  • Arthur

    Interesting device indeed. If the display is any good (putting the resolution aside) and build materials are good as well, it should bring some attention to HP in the Android space, and this time for good reasons.

  • Andy_jr

    This sounds interesting.

    One thing I want to know before buying is how hackable it will be. If it’s fairly open, I will seriously consider getting one.

  • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

    I like the sound of this!

    • AJ

      You won’t like the sound of tablet, especially since the tablet doesnt have an audio jack, it seems.

      • RPH

        Yes it does. From the specs on HP’s site:

        1 USB 2.0; 1 HDMI; 1 headphone-out/microphone-in combo

      • STEVO

        It’s on the bottom edge of the tablet where it connects to the base.

  • Arthur

    Just spoke to HP about this, it is officially in stock today and shipping today.

    Regarding the Tegra 4, it is indeed accurate that it is matched to a Intel 4000 GPU. This particular Tegra 4 is a variant of the one found on the NVIDIA Shield.

    The rep told me that NVIDIA has been working with Intel on this setup and HP did let the reps use the device for limited time and he said said it is very fast and fluid, also that the screen is sharp with little to no pixelation.

    Also asked about the keyboard and how that feels, said it feels good with good travel on the keys which for me as im sure others, is important if you are going to be using it like a laptop.

    I also asked about the microSD card, it supports up to 32GB bringing the total memory to 48GB.

    The OS does have a mild skin on it from HP but it is mostly stock 4.2 Jellybean which is good news.

    Let me know if you guys have any other questions I can try to answer.

    • Fro

      Well this is very interesting. Do you think this will have better graphics than if it just used the Tegra 4 for the GPU? How will this effect game and app compatibility? They had to put it in there for a reason I just always though it was a typo. I’m really serious about getting this but this just threw a wrench in my research :o Also I heard some reviewers (early) state it can accept storage cards up to 64gb I guess that’s out the window now right? Still very interested though.

      What skin are you talking about? In the videos from India on youtube it looks like stock JB to me. Thanks for your time and any information. I appreciate it! :D

      • John Patrick

        There was mention of a standard size SD card in the keyboard/base in addition to the 32GB Micro-SD in the tablet body. Maybe that card rates up to 64GB.

    • renz

      the one in shield. meaning there should be no modification to the original Tegra 4 die. if that’s so the geforce core inside T4 in this device is still exist. how did they rig intel gpu inside this device? so does the device capable to utilize both gpu or only intel one?

  • jamal adam

    What if someone wanted just the tablet?

    • ihatefanboys

      They said No tablet only, it comes with the keyboard dock or not at all.

      • fro

        I’m wondering if its because you have to dock the tablet in order to charge it…a minor setback if true :/

  • ihatefanboys

    HP, quality products as usual. HP is the HTC of computers and laptops. HP + Android = Awesome.

  • donger

    If this gets stock updates quick and early i’ll be all over this.

  • ConfuciusTse

    I’m very interested in this device but I’m worried about the 16 GB internal memory, that’s just not enough. Rumors had it at 64 GB and I’d be willing to settle at 32 GB even but not 16 GB. Also surprised that the micro SD card slot is limited to 32 GB, I already bought a 64 GB Sandisk for my next tablet purchase. At this point I’m holding out for some solid reviews or else it’ll be the updated Transformer Pad Infinity in Q3.

  • doit

    Bring the 32GB version to the US…then I’d be interested

  • jpthekin5

    I bought the HP SlateBook x2 hybrid, and I am somewhat satisfied with it. The only drawback is that I haven’t been able to use the HTML5 so that I can do some website development.Also, I downloaded the Notepad++, but the HP Slatebook x2 won’t allow me to use it.