HP launches the SlateBook 10 x2
HP has released a series of tablets and convertibles in the past months, but its latest one comes with a bit of a spin – though marketed as a PC, this tablet and docking station run Android.
The change was something we've been expecting for some time. HP announced months ago that it believes the future of PCs lies with Google's operating system, so the SlateBook 10 x2 could just be the first of a new line of products.
The tablet runs on an Nvidia Tegra 4, 1.8 GHz quad-core processor and features a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, 2 GB of RAM, 16 or 32 GB internal memory, DTS Sound, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a multi-format card reader, 802.11b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth, and Android 4.2.
The selling point here is that this device is a functional convertible that offers 8 hours of battery life (10 for only the tablet portion), and what should be fast performance for only US$479 including the docking station. This is nearly the same price as Microsoft's newly discounted Surface RTs (if you include a touch or type cover) but the HP offers a real keyboard and far better connectivity options.
The SlateBook 10 x2 is available now in the United States and the UK with prices starting at US$479 and 316 pounds respectively. No announcement has been made about availability or pricing in other areas.