HP announced on Wednesday the Slatebook x2 and the Split x2, a pair of computers that let you detach the display and use it as a standalone touchscreen tablet. Although both devices look similar, they’re two completely different machines. The HP Slatebook x2 is a high-end Android tablet, while the Split x2 is a low-end Intel notebook that runs full Windows 8. Here are five fast facts you need to know about the SlateBook x2.
1. The HP SlateBook x2 Runs Android 4.2.2 Operating System
The HP SlateBook x2 runs the on the latest Android 4.2.2 operating system on Nvidia's Tegra 4 processor, making it one of the first devices with the chip inside. Coming in at 10.2 inches, the Slatebook x2 is smaller than the 13.3-inch Split x2 and the 11.6-inch Envy X2, but makes up for it with its high-quality screen, with 1,920 x 1,200 resolution IPS panel giving it great viewing from different angles.
2.The SlateBook x2 Has a Full-Sized Keyboard Dock
The SlateBook x2 offers 16GB of storage (expandable with microSD) and 2GB of system memory; though that's nothing to brag about, the keyboard dock might be. The keyboard comes with one USB port, an SD card slot, an HDMI jack, and extra battery life that can double the tablets battery life by eight hours. That's more than any other transforming devices, the keyboard is also included in the price for the SlateBook x2.
3. The Keyboard Has Some Shortcut Keys for Your Favorite Apps
The keyboard has a few shortcut keys to get to your favorite apps and also comes with a Google Now key. Just like Windows 8, if you start typing from the home screen, it will bring up a search for the device. The touchpad will support gestures like pinch to zoom.
4.The SlateBook Comes With WiFi and Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity
The SlateBook x2 comes with WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and comes with 64GB of included eMMC storage with microSD expansion. There's DTS Sound+, stereo speakers, rear-facing camera (2-megapixels), and a 720p webcam at the front.
5. The HP Slatebook x2 Will Be Available This Summer
Unfortunately we don't have a specific release date to attach to the HP SlateBook x2, but HP expects the device will be available sometime this August. The SlateBook x2 with the keyboard dock is expected to sell for $479.