HP SlateBook 10 x2 released: powerful specs and keyboard dock on board

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The tablet market is very competitive nowadays. Not because there are too many, but because there are fewer, better ones. Any manufacturer (aside from the big ones) releasing a tablet has to really stand out to make a good impression. Does HP has what it takes to make a high-end tablet successful?

The HP SlateBook 10 x2 has just been released and it comes with everything you could wish from a powerful tablet. The device offers a 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, Android 4.2 and a 10.1-inch 1920×1200 LED display.

hp-slatebook-x2-detachedOn top of that (or below), HP has bundled the tablet with a keyboard dock. This makes the SlateBook 10 x2 very similar to ASUS’ transformer tablets. The dock offers an extra battery and turns your tablet into an Android laptop of sorts.

All of this will cost you $479, including the dock. There is no tablet-only option, so you will not be able to purchase the tablet for cheaper. The price is not horrible once you consider what the bundle offers, though.

It looks like a good option for those looking for a Transformer-like tablet. It is cheaper than buying the ASUS Transformer Prime with a dock, which still costs over $550 (for the tablet and keyboard). ASUS has built a good reputation, though. Would you trust HP with a high-end tablet? They haven’t really offered high-end Android tablets until now.

You can buy the HP SlateBook 10 x2 straight from HP’s official website and it is coming to more retailers soon.

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  • yankeesrule587

    Sweet ! HP, quality products as usual. Now HP+Android = Awesome.

  • Hugo Beaulieu

    I’d give HP a shot yes. They make as good hardware other android tablet vendors (Asus, Acer, Lenovo) so I don’t see why this shouldn’t be a hit.

    Comparing this to, say, a high-end transformer pad or a nexus10, it’s not a bad proposition

  • aznmode1

    Bought it online yesterday and still waiting to be shipped. 21 days to return hassle free so worth trying it out at least. Definitely not as nice looking as my Infinity TF700. But what good is a good looking tablet if it doesn’t perform as well as it looks.

    • Anfronie

      Can you let us know if you can charge the tablet by itself without the dock?

  • LightofHonor

    HP website says it comes with Intel graphics…. lol

    • Anfronie

      Yeah I’m confused by that…is that a positive?

      • No_Nickname90

        HP Website says it is. So let’s go by that.

  • ineptone

    If you’re comparing HP to ASUS, then yeah, this is definitely a viable option. The Transformer Prime was a terrible, half-baked tablet that functioned mediocrely, at best. Then when something went wrong ASUS customer service was atrocious. So, it’s not like HP has much to live up to when compared to ASUS and the TF201.

    • miso_sori

      Yeah, the Prime has a lot of problems, not sure why they would use a tablet that came out in 2011 for comparison.

  • Scotsman of Loch Ness

    It will be interesting to see how this compares to the Nexus 10 (2013)

    • No_Nickname90

      The Nexus 10 needs a keyboard dock, then I would get it. Also MHL support or some way to get my screen onto the TV. Whatever I’m looking at and not just media. LoL!!

      Though I think it does.

      • Scotsman of Loch Ness

        One could get a Bluetooth keyboard to take care of the absence of a keyboard dock.

  • No_Nickname90

    16GB? Hmm… I don’t put much on my tablet so 16GB is actually pretty cool. I stream ALL my media content on my Nexus 7 since it’s a WiFi only tablet anyways.

  • Anfronie

    What about the elephant is the room with “Intel HD Graphics 4000″ begin listed as the graphics chip? Would this be better than the Tegra 4 GPU?

    • CWeb

      yeah, not sure how that’s going to work.

  • Rauel Crespo

    16GB is absolutely pitiful. Whatever games are going to take advantage of the Tegra4 are barely going to fit on the onboard memory. And considering that the SD-Card is useless for Apps, and the fact that the 16GB there is likely eaten up by the OS and whatever HP decides to pre-load (looking at their Windows PC’s, outlook not good) you’ll probably get at most 10GB of useable space for apps. Other than the pitiful storage the tablet looks solid. It should really be 32GB at a minimum, and 64GB to actually make me interested. Otherwise, I’ll stick to my 32GB Nexus 7 and 32GB iPad3.

    • Anfronie

      I put a lot of apps on my SD card in my phone..I will admit I don’t play a ton of games so is it different for games..Couldn’t you just have the game app on the SD care?

      • Rauel Crespo

        Rooting doesn’t work for everyone. And newer phones with JellyBean don’t allow apps to be moved to SD-Card. I’ve also tried the GL-SD App, but it refused to work correctly, and it ended up moving the data, but the apps was unlaunchable. Yeah, the Galaxy S4 was pointless to me with it’s pitiful storage, so I’m a bit bitter…. ended up with a 32GB HTC One, which is still a tad tight, but works for me with the Apps/Games I use.

        • Wayne Peterkin

          I know what you mean. I also bought the HTC One for that very reason. Well, Samsung recently gave the S4 the ability to transfer apps to SD. And you could’ve tried folder mount or directory bind. Those two worked on my Note 2 and Motorola Atrix HD

  • Rauel Crespo

    This really is the only HP product I could see myself buy…..Please up the onboard memory to 64GB(FOR APPS….SD-Cards are USELESS for Apps) and you’ll have a customer.

  • shonangreg

    HP is not doing a good job of showing the specs. You have to go through two or three different pages and none of them have everything listed, but click on “HP Data Sheet” at http://shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/TOMI/callcenter_only/E4A99UA?HP-SlateBook-10-h010nr-x2-PC&aoid=44661&003=6663635&010=E4A99UA#ABA&ci_sku=E4A99UA%23ABA&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw= and you’ll see:
    – 10.1-inch diagonal WUXGALED-backlit touchscreen display (1920×1200)
    – micro SD slot in the tablet and SD slot in the base
    – USB and HDMI on base (I can’t tell about what is on the tablet)
    But:
    – No mention of GPS
    – no mention of commitment to update android to newer versions
    – no mention of unlocked bootloader or the tablet being root-able
    – no mention of micro-USB port on tablet (maybe it is mentioned in one of their specs’ sections…)
    – And no stylus :-(

  • jackson2mont

    Another hybrid tablet, the Hummingbird PX103($259) also launched this week and offers a “Transformer-style” 10-inch device — available in the U.S. through –T ab l e t S p r i n t—

    As Aocos Electronics’ third edition in the Hummingbird series, the PX103 offers a sleek design and features some impressive technology for a mid-range device… offering a Quad Core processor (Rockchip RK3188 1.6 GHz / Mali-400MP4 GPU/2GB DDR3), 16GB Memory, a 10″ HD 1280×800 IPS screen, Bluetooth 4.0 (which works with built-in keyboard), a front Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera, HDMI 1080p output, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; and comes preinstalled with Google Play store and is compatible with the new Chromecast HDTV wireless device as well as Miracast TV –a 3G edition of the PX103 is also expected in late August.

  • roberthenderson

    I wonder how much credit they are going to give me for my touchPad?

  • CWeb

    again they ruin it by putting in a Tegra chip, it’s going to have lots of problems!

    • SpackJarrow

      Yer but its Tegra 4, which is as far as im aware, the most powerful chip on the market right now.

      I understand your skepticism though as I have a transformer prime and the 1st gen tegra 3 processor in it is lacking in a lot of ways to say the least.

      • CWeb

        every Nvidia product has terrible drivers and suffers from lots of bugs that don’t happen on Qualcomm cpus. And, as soon as they release a new Tegra version, they stop supporting the other ones.