HP SlateBook X2 brings dockable Tegra 4 Android tablet



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.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. looks like a great device but i guess there’s a lot of web traffic today associated with IO/GOOGLE/ANDROID so this will get some extra attention

  2. Actually looks like a good device from hp..glad to see that they are trying to turn things around and be relevant

  3. If this comes out within two months, it’ll be a must-have. Anything later this year – forget it.

    1. More like this device should come out now.

    2. Can you elaborate a little bit more why later in the year this device would be less interesting? That Slatebook looks quite OK to me, providing that the $480 price includes the detachable KB.

  4. looks pretty cool but time will tell

  5. multi-touch Capacitive or inductive touch screen?

    1. Most likely capacitive right?

  6. also available with Windows. This version won’t sell at all.

    1. “also available with Windows” – which version? RT (fail) or Windows 8.1? (win)
      At what price? $480 (win) more than $580 (fail)

      “This version won’t sell at all.” You apparently haven’t seen Android’s tablet sales numbers lately. See the Transformer series if you want proof this will sell.

  7. $480 for the combination of the two or just the tablet? Wow HP, if you wanna get into the game, price is a very important aspect that consumers look for….

  8. I have a good feeling about this tablet. HP may hit a home run, especially if $480 includes the keyboard/docking station and LTE.

  9. So they basically made the Asus Transformer but at a better price point?

  10. This actually looks interesting, something to replace the paperweight that is the failed TF201 transformer abortion from Asus. (yes, yes I am bitter.) and HP is a company whose products have personally been very reliable. Hmmm

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