HP SlateBook X2 brings dockable Tegra 4 Android tablet

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It looks like HP isn’t going to give up on its Android aspirations. The computer manufacturer has announced another new tablet that should interest a wide range of people. They’re calling it the HP SlateBook X2, and it’s a 10.1-inch full HD (1920 x 1200), Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean tablet that houses NVIDIA’s powerful Tegra 4 chipset. It also has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, an SD card slot, HDMI-out, USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, and the device will come in a 16GB flavor to start.

The SlateBook gets its name from the ability to be attached to a keyboard dock that essentially turns this powerful Android tablet into a netbook. The concept is nothing new by now — ASUS has gotten us used to the concept — but we’re glad to see HP trying it on to help improve their chances of success in the Android arena. And the device’s $480 price tag isn’t terribly eye-opening, but it will certainly give folks reason to take notice.

HP’s keyboard dock features an extra battery that will extend your battery life even further. The dock will charge your tablet while in use, and once the tablet’s juice is full the rest of the dock’s battery is expended. Again, nothing revolutionary considering ASUS’ advancements in this arena, but something to appreciate regardless.

Unfortunately there is no release date to attach to this thing right away, but HP expects the device to be available this August. It’s a long time to wait (which makes us wonder why the company didn’t just wait to announce it) but at least you’ll have enough time to get your funds in order if you’re interested in buying one.

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