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HP Seemingly Prepping ‘Bowser’ 10×2 Tab/Notebook Hybrid and Slate 6 Voice Tab with Android

HP may have caught plenty of people off guard with its return to tablets this past spring, but what’s even more surprising is the Palo Alto-based PC maker continues to drive forward with tremendous efforts of snatching a piece of the growing mobile pie.

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The rather underwhelming Slate 7 has clearly been only the first step towards something bigger, albeit the end game still looks rather foggy. That’s not to say devices like the Slatebook 10 x2, Slate 7 HD, 7 Extreme, 8 Pro and Slate 10 HD haven’t upped the ante, they’re just not real flagships, iPad “killers” or trendsetters.

And while the oft-rumored first HP smartphone to run Android remains a myth, at least the company shows increasing perseverance in the tablet and hybrid niches. On that note, it’s time to meet the HP Bowser 10 x2 and Slate 6 Voice Tab, two unreleased and unannounced Android-based gizmos that have showed their faces in public for the first time quite recently by paying GFX Bench a quick visit.

The former, in spite of its very unique codename, seems to be a clear-cut Slatebook 10 x2 doppelganger, at least based on the bits and pieces that we’ve been able to gather in regards to specs. There’s pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean “butter”, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz and crystal clear hints towards the thing acting alternatively like a tablet and mini-laptop.

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Interestingly, Bowser’s 10-inch screen is not identical to the one on the Slatebook, or at least not apparently, being listed in GFX Bench as boasting 1,920 x 1,008 pixels resolution. In contrast, the already existing tab/notebook hybrid touts 1,920 x 1,080 pix res, or 1,920 x 1,128 with the customary on-screen buttons.

Bottom line, as odd as it may sound, the HP Bowser 10 x2 could miss out on Full HD resolution by just a dozen or so pixels.

Moving on, though it looks less technically impressive on paper, the Slate 6 Voice Tab might actually be the gadget with the best chances of hitting it big at the box-office of the two. As the codename suggests, we’re probably looking at a 6-inch tab with voice support here, or, as people like to call it, a phablet.

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Mind you, this means HP’s first ever Android smartphone is very much real and looming on the horizon, albeit its makers will likely try to market it differently so as to not build too much pressure. And you can’t blame them, since the handheld also known as “Pomegranate” (yummy) and “Bedana” is in no way a high-ender.

Mid-ranger tops, with a modest Cortex A7-based quad-core 1 GHz Marvell PXA 1088 CPU under the hood and Vivante GC1000 GPU. Then there’s the even more disappointing 720p panel, which due to its size, will boast a sub-par pixel density of 240 ppi or so.

The on-board software doesn’t sound all that great either, with Android 4.2 being now officially two generations behind the times, but don’t be so quick to write the Slate 6 Voice Tab off. It’s bound to be cheap as chips and I’d like to see you snubbing it then.

Via [GFX Bench] (1), (2)

HP Unveils Android-Powered SlateBook x2 and Windows 8-Based Split x2 Tablet/Laptop Hybrids

Say, do you remember that mystery HP SlateBook 10 X2 that leaked out courtesy of a fairly suspicious benchmark a little while ago? Well, as it turns out, the thing is real and coming our way very soon, only it’s not going to be alone.

Instead, there will also be a gizmo called Split x2, with the duo targeting both Android and Windows enthusiasts. But what exactly are these crazy little things? At first glance, you might be fooled in calling them run-of-the-mill laptops.

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Only their screens are detachable (or the keyboard docks, depending on how you look at them), meaning you can either use the SlateBook x2 and Split x2 as notebooks or as tablets. The concept is not exactly groundbreaking, as the word “hybrid” has entered our tech vocabulary a while ago, but what HP seems to have up its sleeve is a never before seen quality-price ratio.

At least as far as the SlateBook is concerned, we’re very much wondering if HP isn’t manufacturing the tab/laptop at a loss. Then again, with the company’s first attempt at garnering attention in the Android décor, the Slate 7, failing with flying colors, a gamble was to be expected.

Set to go on sale sometime in August, the SlateBook x2 will cost a mere $479.99 with the keyboard dock included. That’s about as much as a high-end-ish slate used to go for a year or so ago without any kind of transforming accessories to go, but the even more amazing thing about the SlateBook is it’s not high-end-ish.

It’s actually ready to capture the crown for the most technically impressive Android slate, as it’s going to be powered by Nvidia’s spanking new Tegra 4 platform. The explosive quad-core processor has only flexed its muscles in a few benchmarks so far, but that’s been enough to put Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 CPU to shame.

There will also be 2 gigs of RAM to go nicely with the Tegra 4 inside HP’s hybrid, plus Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a pretty impressive 10.2-inch IPS panel with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution. The 16 GB of on-board storage might not sound all that great, but you will be able to expand that via the tab’s microSD slot or through the dock’s full-sized SD slot.

The docking station will also come with an HDMI port and a much needed battery boost, as the actual tab will apparently only be able to run for a modest four hours on a single charge.

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Moving on to Windows aficionados, these will likely be a little disappointed with the Split x2. Not only is the thing a tad pricey, at $799.99 with the keyboard dock, but it’s also fairly low-end by certain standards, sporting a meager 13.3-inch display with 1,366 x 768 pix res and packing an Intel Core i3 processor.

Still, there’s a whopping 500 GB of storage, on-board Windows 8, 4 GB of RAM and a far more impressive battery than on the SlateBook, so all in all the Split x2 might be the better machine of the duo, at least when used as a notebook. I think now would be the right time to say HP still has it, right?

Via [The Verge]