HP unveils detachable $799 Split x2 and $479 SlateBook x2 hybrids
The success of the lauded HP Envy x2 earlier this year has prompted the manufacturer to expand its lineup beyond the highly regarded Envy series and into new territory, including the integration of Tegra 4 and an Android operating system.
Alongside the reveal of a number of entry-level ProBook 400 models last week in San Francisco, the 13.3-inch Envy Split x2 and 10.1-inch SlateBook x2 were amongst the most popular with their unique detachable displays and specs. The Split x2 will be a more traditional Windows 8 hybrid with a 720p display and an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and seems to be aiming for a more budget-oriented audience compared to the original Envy x2. The SlateBook x2, however, will be one of the first Tegra 4 devices to hit the market running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and a full HD display - the first ARM device of its kind for HP.
Both devices will still share many similarities despite their internal and software differences. Each model will make use of dual batteries because of the detachable touchscreens and have front-facing cameras, glossy displays. HDMI-out, expandable storage via card reader, 1x USB port and a soft-coated chassis that looks nearly identical to the Envy x2. HP has specified that neither model will support WWAN or SIM card functionality, at least initially.
Both the Split x2 and SlateBook x2 are expected to launch this coming August in the U.S. for $799 and $479, respectively. Expect our full reviews to come closer to launch.