HP Launches its Android-Powered SlateBook x2 Early

After launching its SlateBook in Japan on Monday, Hewlett-Packard made its SlateBook x2 available to U.S.-based customers on its website several weeks earlier than the projected August ship date. The hybrid Android PC can be purchased here with a starting price of $479 USD.

According to the specs (pdf), the tablet/notebook hybrid sports a 10.1 inch LED-lit screen with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. It's powered by Android 4.2 "Jelly Bean," Nvidia's Tegra 4 quad-core chip clocked at 1.8 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3-1600 memory, and 16 GB of internal storage. There's also a multi-format SD card reader for additional file storage.

As for other specs, the SlateBook x2 has single-band Wireless N connectivity, Bluetooth, a front-facing HP Truevision HD webcam with an integrated digital microphone, and a Full HD camera mounted on the back. The chassis features HP's Imprint finish in smoke silver, and the tablet on its own weighs a mere 1.32 pounds.

As for the magnetic dock, it provides a full island-style keyboard, one USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a microphone/headphone combo jack, and HP's Imagepad supporting multi-touch gestures. It also contains a 2-cell 21WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion polymer battery, whereas the tablet has its own 2-cell 25WHr 2.55Ah lithium-ion polymer battery. With the dock attached to the tablet, the overall device weighs a heftier 2.77 pounds.

The $479 "starting price" is actually the SlateBook x2's price tag. There are no options to upgrade the internal storage, so the only additional items consumers can add to that base price include an extended warranty, external storage solutions, and accidental damage protection.

To purchase the HP SlateBook x2 (h010nr) Android hybrid PC, head here.

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  • BringMeAnother
    I'm curious, what use is high resolution screen on an Android device? I mean I'm a programmer and web developer and I can't use any screen less than 1080p on my Windows machine when I work, but that's for doing real work. While you could do some real work on an Android device, it is mostly for content consumption. I doesn't seem like a higher resolution would make content consumption that much better. Also, you can't multi task on Android, so why the higher resolution beside looking nicer? Anyone welcome to answer.
  • schultzter
    This looks pretty cool. I've always wondered why Asus' Transformer was the only hybrid Android tablet. But one thing I can't get over HP's cursor keys - they're tiny, un-usable!!!
  • notsleep
    is it me or non-nexus devices just look not so good next to nexus devices? :P