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HP's return to the tablet market hasn't exactly set the world on fire just yet, with only the budget-focused Slate 7 filling in the spaces on retail shelves. Today the company aims a little higher with the StateBook x2, a riff on ASUS' Transformer series with high-end specs and a high-end price to match them. The tablet comes bundled with a keyboard - there's no tablet-only option - for $479. HP will sell you one on the company website now, and it should arrive at online and brick-and-mortar stores soon.

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The core specifications in the SlateBook x2 are pretty good: it runs NVIDIA's brand-spankin new Tegra 4 SoC with a quad-core 1.8Ghz processor and 2GB of RAM, plus a 1920x1200 10" screen. Like the Transformers, the tablet can run off the primary battery in the main housing and get a boost when docked with the keyboard. HP claims that the tablet alone gets ten hours of life, with the combination providing a further eight. Software is Android 4.2, which is actually a bit surprising - not that we're complaining. Kingsoft Office and various HP apps are included.

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The rest of the hardware is a a bit disappointing. Storage is a standard 16GB, with a MicroSD card slot in the tablet itself and standard SD in the keyboard dock, along with full-sized USB and HDMI ports. A webcam and rear-facing camera of indeterminate quality round out the hardware. Right now only the gray model is available for purchase.

HP does not have a stellar reputation when it comes to consumer PCs, at least in terms of quality, and the Slate 7 was poorly-received in initial reviews despite a rock-bottom price. But the company seems to consistently deliver impressive retail sales in the US, and the SlateBook x2 is being aimed as a competitor to full-powered Windows laptops. It will be interesting to see how well it does at the intersection of Android and Windows 8, both in price and functionality.

Source: HP via Cnet

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.
  • Ark

    so it's 16gb+64+64. I'm pretty fine with that.

    • Anfronie

      Is it confirmed to be able to support 64gb per slot? If so awesome...also the SATA drive FTW!

    • D-Virdi

      [5] The microSD slot on the tablet and the SD slot on the base can support up to 32GB each.

      Ref: HP.com

  • ProductFRED

    Android is great for phones, tablets, and embedded devices. But not so much laptops. Or I should say, not as an entire computer replacement.

    • Kosta Stoupas

      That's not a laptop though. It's a tablet with a keyboard dock.

    • NeedName

      Android is more than enough for 90% of the general public. Today's PC's are much more than these people need and overly complex for them.

      • Jose Torres

        To most people a laptop is a glorified Facebook machine.

    • http://visionaforethought.wordpress.com/ Oflife

      It is if you can get by on mainly Google Drive and other Chrome/browser apps. I was mulling moving from a MacBook Air to the Google Chrome Pixel until I saw this HP, which is half the price, even if less sophisticated. Only app keeping me on the Mac is Adobe Illustrator. Can do all else through the web today, including (basic) photo manipulation.

    • Sean Lumly

      A few years ago people said this:
      "Android is great for phones. But not so much for tablets"

      Given the applications, I believe Android can do what most Windows laptops can do.

      • Jay T

        I used to think otherwise, but I've recently noticed that the major use of my desktop has been converting DVD's. I've even started using my Nexus 10 for documents, using a bluetooth keyboard.

  • btod

    The transformer just got a worthy contender.

    • Matthew Fry

      Yeah and at a lower price point with the dock.

  • Leonardo Baez

    sounds nice..... but its a HP product... get off!!

  • owenoliver

    If it was around 200 it would be a lot easier to sell

    • Ark

      At 150, even easier. I sense a trend.

    • NeedName

      I think corporations are going to see comments like yours and finally "get it" and they will begin making all their products for FREE!

    • BravoKiloUno

      if it wasn't *hp* it would be a lot easier to sell
      (fixed)

  • Anfronie

    Very interested! I can't believe I'm saying this but it might be my next tablet :)

    • Sean Lumly

      I agree. There are shamefully too few powerful Android tablets (especially those from Samsung). HP has gone up a few pegs in my book.

      • Adam92Wilkins

        My current laptop is an HP. And it's also my last HP device after the number of times I had to return and replace my device and actually ARGUE and get YELLED at by tech support.

        Asus & Samsung however.

        I have the TF300t and granted when it's stock it's pretty laggy, but the newest roms are INCREDIBLE. Pair that with the tegra 3 and the dock AND the ability to use up to 64 gigs of memory in each slot and there's no reason to get this hp tablet.

  • Itchy_Robot

    Damm, that looks like a nice tablet

  • Milind Shah

    I don't see this competing with laptops...but this well be a great competitor in the 10 inch line-up

  • PJO

    Ive been looking at the note 10.1 and other tablets to complement my note2. If it does all it says and at that price with a keyboard...I see a market for it and think it is a contender for my next purchase.

  • TechGuy22

    wow that looks good. but the screen res should be higher. they should know that

    • Jeffery Keel

      Uhhh... wot? o_O

      • TechGuy22

        talking about nexus 10 display noob.

        • Jaime

          Not really needed Noob

    • NeedName

      yeah, seriously. . . if it ain't got 600+ppi it's crap!

  • Mandeep Singh

    I wish it was 479 here as well
    Here it is whoping 750 $

  • missinginput

    Damn I was so excited to replace my original transformer prime but no way i could live off 16gb of storage

    At these price points lowest available should be 32

    • Anfronie

      I think you can add up to 64gb yourself

      • Adam92Wilkins

        Earlier posts say the site says only up to 16 gigs.

      • missinginput

        Ya but I can add 64 gb on top of a 32 as well

        SD cards are fine for media storage but I like gaming on Android and the games are getting larger and larger.

        With 16 gb i have to pick and choose which games I have installed, with 32 I dont.

        Im also preparing for 2014 storage needs instead of planning on 2012s which is where hp seems to be living in

  • BravoKiloUno

    webOS killas_____F'ING APOTHEKER!_____i'm still coping_____sorry for the interruption

  • Anfronie

    I am waaay confused why does it have this under the Processor discription "NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 T40S with Intel HD Graphics (1.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 cache)" and then it states later that the graphics is "Intel HD Graphics 4000" could this be? If so why?

    • EvilLordFluffy

      HP made a mistake with the listing, the device uses the GPU that comes on the Tegra 4 SoC.

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