HP said on Wednesday that it's expanding its x2 detachable PC portfolio with two new models: the Android-powered HP SlateBook x2 packed with a Tegra 4 SoC, and the Windows 8-powered HP Split x2. Both are slated to launch in the States this August with starting prices of $479.99 and $799.99, respectively.
The new SlateBook x2 joins the HP Slate7 as part of HP’s push to offer access to the full Google experience. It sports Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean" and services like Google Now, Google Maps and more. As always, HP is a little cryptic in the actual hardware details, but the device will sport a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen, 64 GB of internal storage, and a DTS Sound+ solution.
"The HP SlateBook x2 enables users to shift effortlessly from entertainment to work by combining tablet portability with notebook productivity in a sleek, lightweight device that uses the popular Android operating system," the company said. "With an advanced magnetic hinge design and dual battery system—one battery in the base and one in the tablet—users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back, even while on the go."
As for the HP Split x2, it will be based on Intel's third-generation Core processors and Windows 8 Pro. The list of features include a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen, HP Connected Music, Beats Audio, a 2MP HP TrueVision Full HD webcam, and the HP ClickPad for precise multifinger and gesture navigation. It will also sport an "eye-catching design" with a soft-touch coating that provides a comfortable hold and shows fewer fingerprints.
"HP’s unmatched portfolio of next-generation PCs is designed to enable users to connect with their information on devices that easily adapt to their needs," the company said. "By releasing the magnetic hinge, users can move elegantly between the two form factors—tablet and notebook PC—all in one device."