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Hey HP, we know you're new to the Android game, so here's a tip: if you've got a hot new piece of hardware, the absolute worst time to announce it is a few hours before Google I/O. That said, the new SlateBook x2 might garner some interest thanks to its internals alone - it's one of the first devices after NVIDIA's own Shield to use the Tegra 4 SoC. Throw in a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 screen and a very familiar-looking keyboard dock, and you've got the makings of a serious competitor. Well, you might, if it weren't for the high price tag and cheap-looking build.

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The SlateBook x2 doesn't just look like an ASUS Transformer, it apes a lot of the core functionality, with batteries in both the tablet and the dock. HP isn't saying how long either will last. The dock adds two USB ports and a full-sized SD card reader in addition to the MicroSD slot on the tablet itself. It looks like the multitouch trackpad is more comfortable than the one found on ASUS' models. I wish that I could say the same for the rest of the unit, but it seems chunky, with an over-reliance on plastic. As one Android Police editor mentioned in the office, it looks like someone threw Android on a low-end netbook. HP says that the SlateBook x2 has "64 MB" of storage, which we assume is a typo meant to indicate 64 gigabytes.

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At least there's something to love in the software. The tablet will run Android 4.2.2 out of the box, and it'll be mostly stock to boot, with the exception of some HP and NVIDIA goodies thrown in. The SlateBook x2 will be available in August in the US for $479.99. HP hasn't explicitly stated that the keyboard dock is included in the price, but based on the PR, we're assuming that it is.

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 15, 2013 — HP today announced the HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2, two detachable PCs that offer the full functionality of a notebook with a removable screen that also is a sleek tablet.

HP SlateBook x2

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. 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.

Ensuring users don’t trade functionality for portability, the HP SlateBook x2 features Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2  and delivers the Google experience with services like Google Now, Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ Hangouts for multiperson video chat as well as access to apps and digital content through Google Play.2

The SlateBook x2 features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, enabling users to access the TegraZone app and experience Tegra 4-optimized games. The 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display delivers crisp lines, sharp images and precision color while reducing glare. The SlateBook x2 also includes 64 MB of storage and DTS Sound+ Solution for accessing and enjoying photos, music and videos.

HP’s exclusive native printing capability allows users to print directly from most applications.

Pricing and availability

The HP SlateBook x2 and HP Split x2 are expected to be available in the United States in August with starting prices of $479.99 and $799.99, respectively.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • David Shaheen

    It certianly looks very well designed

    • sri_tech

      Yes.
      It is envy X2 with android.

      http://www8.hp.com/au/en/ad/envy-x2/features.html

      • symbolset

        I'm pretty sure the Nvidia Tegra 4 is not an Intel Atom processor.

        • sri_tech

          What I meant was it has same design as envy X2.

          • symbolset

            Then you were mechanically correct.

  • http://twitter.com/omac_ranger Logan Graham

    "64MB of storage" wow! They really going all out on these!

    • http://www.facebook.com/tomy.jones.140 Tomy Jones

      The Hummingbird PX103 by Aocos Electronics, is another hybrid tablet to launch this month and offers a "Transformer style" 10-inch device that includes a hard cover with a reverse side built-in keyboard that easily snaps into place, and is priced competitively at $249, with one of the first U.S. sites it's available through is called TabletSprint --

      The PX103 is the third edition of this device and previous versions have offered a solid build quality, and this new rendition has impressive features for a mid-range tablet... spec wise includes the latest Rockchip Quad Core processor and an HD 1280x800 IPS screen, along with Bluetooth 4.0 (works with built-in keyboard), HDMI - 4K, quality dual cameras, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 and Google Play preinstalled with access to the Google App store... and it features an ultra-thin 9.6mm profile and weighs in at only 1.4lbs --

      The PX103 is also one of the first tablets to work with the new, low-cost Miracast HD Wireless adapter-dongle ($35) which compares to Apple's Airplay device - prior to this, the few Android HDMI Wireless systems available have been typically priced over $100. The Miracast adapter plugs into a TV's HDMI port and allows users to stream HD movies and video from their tablet, display tablet media content and use a tablet as a control device to play video games on to an HDTV.

      A 3G - HSPA+ version of the Hummingbird PX103 is also expected be released in June.

      • miso_sori

        Uhhh comments not advertisements please.

      • Brayden Reesor

        Spam... BUT. What is this $35 miracast adpater you speak of?...

    • Josh Flowers

      "live your life in the cloud, rely on cloud storage"..../s
      seriously though---pray that's a typo.

  • deltatux

    ASUS tablets were also pretty much stock with a very few enhancement (as it should be), but Tegra 3 is really really slow, at least on the Transformer Prime is... it's like molasses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/glazzi Leon A-z

      I like to compare the TF201 with first generation Xbox360... both feel like designed to fail, and I paid for both of them!!!

    • James Bryant

      The Prime is freakin slow, but it's got nothing to do with the Tegra 3 - it was the NAND that Asus skimped on, and it is is a nightmare when it comes to speed. Epically slow - unlocking your Prime and flashing Androwook ROM seemed to be the only fix - not sure what software magic that the devs used, but it was and is indeed the only way to make the Prime usable!

      • deltatux

        I was contemplating on unlocking my Prime, but they warn about unlocked devices not able to watch DRM files, and that may be a problem if I buy a movie off Google Play store.

        • Guest

          This restriction with google play movies/shows no longer affects rooted devices. Root away!

          • UniBroW

            WRONG, when you unlock an Asus product (not rooting) it strips out the DRM. you "can" get google play movies and tv working on a device BUT you will NOT have any HD content and Hulu plus will not work either.

      • miso_sori

        This problem affects the TF700 as well and as far as I know most ASUS tablets excluding the Nexus 7. At one point there was a fix for rooted users on XDA that made the tablet use the RAM instead of the NAND. Not sure if it's still out there or works still or not.

        • Russeru

          I use a browser2ram script on my prime, that seems to work pretty well. A lot of people just get a nice SD card and use data2SD.

          • miso_sori

            Thank you, I couldn't remember the name. Browser2ram is what I was thinking of.

  • http://www.dsaif.com/ Saif

    If this is "cheap looking" then what about Nexus 10?

    • troph

      Also cheap looking. I mean, its Samsung...
      Plastic-y, rounded devices look (and feel) cheap.
      I think this device is pretty ugly.

  • http://twitter.com/Meleagru Cristian Borsa

    It looks like Android laptops are going to be a thing this year

    • Sergio

      I hope so... It will mean a forthcoming desktop Android version...

  • GigiAUT

    I think I found my next Tablet! I'm still in a love affair with my TouchPad and I want my next to be an HP as well. Slate 7 didn't cut it, but this....I think she's the one.

  • James Bryant

    Count me as interested! Especially of the price drops to around $400. This has the potential to be everything the Prime should have been if Asus had not of skimped on the NAND speed, which was a huge failure. I would buy one of these in a hear beat if it doesn't run as slow as the Prime.

  • Gabor Visnovits

    Hmmm, this definitely has caught my interest, specifically it having the Tegra 4 chip. I wonder if any of the project shield features will be packed into this, where you can connect a controller to it and even hook it up to a flat screen. For the price it's asking, I think its reasonable if it packs those features along with it.

    • miso_sori

      Tegra tablets are supposed to have controller support built in and almost all tablets have an option for viewing on a big screen, usually through a micro-HDMI out port. Those features have been available in all of the previous ASUS tabs.

      • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

        Nexus 7 has no options to view off screen.

        • miso_sori

          Which is why I said almost all.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            Actually, you said all Asus tablets :-)

          • miso_sori

            lol good catch you are right, not sure why I said that except that I don't really consider the N7 an ASUS tablet in the same sense as their other tablets because it was manufactured to the specs asked for by Google not by ASUS. I stand corrected. On a sidenote you can mirror the N7 but not as easily as most Tabs.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            I was just being an ass, not really serious :P I am curious though, how do you mirror the N7? As far as I know it doesn't support miracast.

          • miso_sori

            There are a few ways to do it although none are as easy or as cheap as a HDMI cable as far as I know.
            There is an cmd app called dlmirror http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2209428 but it requires a DisplayLink adapter.

            DLNA will work for streaming Video Audio but not for mirroring.

            You could use an app like splashtop to stream to a PC plugged into your TV.

            There is DoubleTwist if you have an Xbox360 or PS3.
            I cannot confirm it but the ASUS Qube is supposed to have this capability as well.
            I think there may be a couple others I came across awhile ago but I can't remember. Ultimately they really need to just get it in gear on the Miracast Support.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            Isn't DoubleTwist just DLNA streaming, not mirroring?

          • miso_sori

            Wow you weren't kidding, you are being an ass. Yes it is streaming just like the DLNA I mentioned. Not wasting any more time on this.

          • http://profiles.google.com/cory.simpson Cory Simpson

            It was actually a serious question...didn't mean to offend. I didn't know if they worked some kind of DLNA mirroring magic recently or what.

  • symbolset

    If I had to pick somebody who was going to come out the gate fast with a killer Android laptop for this Christmas HP would not have been my first, second or tenth guess. But here it is. Now let's see if they deliver.

  • GigiAUT

    Wait, are we even going to see this thing in Europe? Before I get my hopes up :/

  • http://twitter.com/GusCheco Gus Pacheco

    So...

    16GB(via The Verge) + Micro SD Slot
    -Assuming 2GB Ram-
    Tegra 4
    10.1 inch 1920x1200
    Keyboard Dock (extended battery & 2 USB Ports, SD Reader)
    Android 4.2.2

    Looks like Front Facing Speakers

    for $479? Not bad at all. Nexus 10 is $399 for 16GB

    • QwietStorm

      I'm having trouble finding something wrong with it myself.

      • Haim.Erej

        Yeah I agree.
        Clearly Jeremiah Rice-Patties can't contain his hard on for Google I/O and gave this thing a harsh article.

    • miso_sori

      Agreed. If this does in fact include a keyboard dock in the price that seems like quite a deal to me.

    • Himmat Singh

      Yup, I'm thinking it's decently priced at $480. Not cheap or anything, but not ridiculously expensive either.

  • John Smith

    Compared to a Nexus 10 it doesnt look too bad! Ill have see what UK pricing is like though, if it even comes here.

    What im weary about though is that Tegra 4. I still have an old T2 tablet and its pretty terribl eand the time ive spent with the my dads HOX puts me off nVidia stuff. Guess ill have to wait for the reviews.

  • Ryan O’Neill

    If the next Transformer doesn't deliver, then I'll buy this.

  • UniBroW

    I have to say I REALLY REALLY REALLY like Android Police but I'm so God damned sick of them shitting on every single tablet that comes out and seemingly giving a pass on the atrocious Asus tablets. The Asus tablets build quality, aside from them just running like hoarse manure, have some of the absolute WORST build quality of any devices I've ever owned.

    Plus, you guys actually endorse people should buy one with them posted as daily deals. You could put an Asus Infinity (New in the box) in front of my face and tell me you'd sell it to me for $50 bucks and I would still not take it. It wouldn't be worth the guilty conscience of selling it on fleabay for more money.

    Sorry, /endrant

    • miso_sori

      I have owned TF101 TF201 and now TF700 and aside from the glaring mistake with the Prime and no atenna window I have to disagree. I think the build quality is very nice. All of my tablets have been quite attractive and have held up quite well. All three tablets still run quite well and are in good cosmetic condition.

      • Nick V

        I have the TF201, and aside from the slowness, it is an awesome tablet. The only reason I am not going for the Nexus 10 is because I love the Keyboard Dock.

    • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

      That you for having the stones to bring this up.

      Asus hardware quality is atrocious and its not limited to only tablets.

      After I brought home 2 DOA desktop ASUS computers from Best Buy I promised myself that I'd never but their crap again.

      Then I got a Nexus 7 which is all well and good, but the thing is so flimsy that when I press the glass above the power button, it will turn the thing off and on.

      Such crap.

      • http://www.facebook.com/chaz.dumbaugh Chaz Dumbaugh

        I've owned the TF101 and TF300 now and have had no issues with them, sold the TF101 to a cousin of mine and its still going strong with no issues, both have been rooted and I've found ROMs that make them run a lot better, both tablets have been great and the build quality has been just fine. The Nexus 7 on the other hand I returned after 3 tablets going bad, that was a rush job (partly google pushing Asus to make them quick) and their first bunch of runs on the build turned out to have some major issues, needless to say I went back to a full blown Asus made tablet and have been very happy since. I also ONLY go with Asus for my motherboards for my PCs I build and havent had a problem with them for probably 20 years, they are easily my favorite motherboard manufacturer

  • Himmat Singh

    Actually, $480 for a 64GB tablet running Tegra 4 is not too bad you know. I got an Acer A510 32GB for $450 a year ago, and it was considered a "good" deal at that time. And this is assuming the dock is sold separately. If it comes together, then there's more value-for-money there.

  • raymee

    i think he made a mistake maybe 64 gb?