The next tablet HP will reportedly release after its just-launched 7-inch Slate7 (opens in new tab) will be the SlateBook 10 x2, a 10-inch model based on Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" and Nvidia's new quad-core Tegra 4 SoC. The unannounced tablet appeared on an AnTuTu benchmark clocked at 1810 MHz, or 1.81 GHz.
The tablet's SlateBook name implies that the device could be one of the rumored Android-powered notebooks set to be released later this year. However the "x2" label points to a similar Windows 8-based Intel Atom-powered HP Envy x2 tablet (opens in new tab), shown on the right, which has a premium metal frame and a detachable keyboard that transforms the device into a clamshell notebook.
In fact, the new HP tablet could be quite similar to the Envy x2 outside the OS, SoC and screen size aspects. The Envy x2 weighs only 3.11 pounds without the keyboard, and measures between 0.66 and 0.76-inches. Other features include Beats Audio with dual speakers, a front-facing HP TrueVision 1080p HD webcam, an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM or more, Bluetooth, NFC and Wireless N connectivity, and up to 64 GB of SSD-based internal storage.
HP's new 7-inch Slate7 tablet also includes Beats Audio with stereo speakers, so this feature should be a given for all upcoming tablets. Powering this budget-friendly device is a Rockchip RK3066 SoC packed with two ARM Cortex-A9 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and four Mali 400 GPU cores clocked at 250 MHz. The chip is backed by 1 GB of RAM, Wireless N and Bluetooth 2.1 EDR connectivity, and a 3500mAh battery promising up to 5 hours of run time.
In addition to the Slate7 and the Envy x2, HP also offers the ElitePad 900 G1 (opens in new tab) which features Windows 8 Pro, Intel's Atom Z2760 SoC, 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The 10.1-inch screen features a 16:10 aspect ratio, multitouch and digitizer capabilities, an anti-smudge coating and Gorilla Glass 2 protection.
That said, this unannounced SlateBook 10 x2 will be the company's fourth device in a post webOS-powered TouchPad world. The starting price could be less than the Envy x2 tablet given that HP won't be required to pay licensing fees for Android, and the company will likely make it just as customizable.