The HP SlateBook x2 is finally coming to the US after two months of waiting and will be on shelves on August 2013, although we do not know the exact date and this could be changed if there is issues with the detachable tablet PC.
Priced at $479, the HP SlateBook x2 is one of HP’s first real moves away from Windows, as they try to keep relevant in the post-PC era. They have went full in with HP Android tablets, but this is one of the first hybrid-type tablets developed by the company.
Inside the HP SlateBook x2 is where the fun really begins, starting with NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 quad-core processor, with 2GB of RAM. The 10.1-inch tablet also comes with a full HD 1920×1080 IPS screen. It has 16GB of SSD, a little below what we would like, but with all the advances in cloud storage we believe the user will survive.
Android 4.2.2 is running on the HP SlateBook x2 and we have yet to find out if HP will move this up to Android 4.3. The battery life is stellar with the keyboard adding another five hours of battery life when connected to the tablet.
HP has yet to hit the surface of the phone or tablet market, with their recent efforts in the Android tablet business brushed aside. We have heard of a HP phone coming sometime either this year or next, but in this condensed market it may be hard for the old PC manufacturer to gain ground.