HP announced today that they will be releasing the SlateBook x2 and the Split x2 towards the end of summer. This pair not only offers the flexibility of a portable personal computer, but it also allows users to detach the display and use it as a standalone touchscreen tablet. While both devices might look similar (see photos), let us tell you they are definitely very different machines. The HP SlateBook x2 is a high-end 10-inch Android tablet, while the Split x2 is a relatively low-end Intel notebook that runs full Windows 8.
According to The Verge, you will be able to grab the HP SlateBook x2 for $479.99. It runs the newest Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system on the latest quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, making it unique as one of the first devices to use that chip, in fact. At 10.2 inches, it’s smaller than the new 13.3-inch Split x2, but it has the highest-quality screen with a full 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS panel.
While its expandable 16GB of storage and 2GB of system memory won’t be anything special, the keyboard dock certainly might be. This little keyboard adds one USB port, an SD card slot, an HDMI jack, as well as an extra battery that could nearly double the tablet’s battery life to somewhere around eight hours. Unlike many previous convertible devices, the keyboard dock is included in the SlateBook x2’s price.
On the flip side, we should mention that if you are in the market for a Windows 8 computer, the $799.99 HP Split x2 (with the included keyboard dock) will also be available. The muted black Split x2 includes a 7W Core i3 processor and 4GB of memory, as well as a 500GB hard drive that is tapped into the included keyboard base. The 13.3-inch screen is definitely of the low-resolution 1366 x 768 variety, but HP stated that it should get as much battery life as your average notebook.
The prices of both options may come as a shock at first, but honestly if you’re looking for a personal computer that can easily double as a tablet these options may be fitting. According to HP, both devices will arrive in August, just in time for school shopping season.
Source: The Verge