Best Buy now selling HP Split x2 Windows 8 hybrid for $749.99

In May, HP announced plans to start selling two new notebook-tablet hybrid PCs. While one of them, the Android SlateBook x2, has yet to go on sale, the Windows 8 HP Split x2, has quietly appeared to purchase on Best Buy's website.

The listing for the HP Split x2 shows that it is priced at $749.99. This is basically the successor to the Atom-powered Windows 8 convertible, the HP Envy x2, that was released alongside the launch of Windows 8 in the fall of 2012. Best Buy's HP Split x2 has an Intel i3 processor inside, along with a 13.3 inch screen that has a resolution of 1366x768. The display can also detach from its included keyboard to serve as a stand alone tablet.

There's also a 128 GB SSD inside the tablet portion for storage, along with 4 GB of RAM. The keyboard for the Slate x2 also has an extra battery and 500 GB of hard drive storage. The total package weights 4.9 pounds. Unfortunately, Best Buy's website declines to offer a battery life estimate. There's also no word on when the previously announced version with the speedier Intel i5 processor will be released.

Source: Best Buy via Engadget | Image via HP

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I like a few things about this, i3 vs Atom is a plus, the extra HDD and battery in the KB dock is another. The screen res though, could've been higher unless the I3 can't push it? Oh well, this is probably they're last Windows 8.0 device, have to wait for 8.1 batch to hope for better res screens and better pricing.

W/ the $750 price including the KB Dock, I would say that prices are coming down and not as insane as Windows 8 Launch devices. This would make this tablet be $600 + 150 KB Dock. In contrast, launch devices were 700ish just for the tablet part.

Still, pricing has to come down ALOT more for these low-spec-d machines. FULL Windows or not, The Nexus 10 is $400. I would say a device like this should be $500ish (w/o kb dock) BUT it should be including Haswell, not year old tech.

Why on earth does it not have Haswell? I can't even consider buying it unless it has a decent battery life, and Ivy bridge does not cut it.

Figure 8 Dash said,
Not paying damn near $800 for that screen resolution.
Why do you need something higher on a 13" laptop? If you want higher get a 15" laptop. A higher resolution on 13" is stupid and makes things look so small. I understand preferences but for $749 for a laptop that is 2 devices in one, its a good deal.

You're being way to finicky. Oh and its an i3 which isn't even that powerful, so what do you need a higher resolution for? Its not even a gaming laptop?

I mean, be realistic. This isn't Apple. Even tho their 13" has a high resolution, look how much it costs you. $259 more and they don't even really have supporting apps.

I already have a Surface RT at that resolution which is fairly good at 10 inches. However, there's a very noticeable difference in quality when I switch to the iPad 3 and its retina display. Now the Split x2 costs way more and adds nearly 3 inches of real estate. It's going to look even worse when compared to the smaller, 10 inch screen on the RT. For nearly $800 dollars after tax I'm gonna need you to at least give me a better resolution than the Kindle Fire HD.

Edited by Figure 8 Dash, Jul 17 2013, 3:48pm :

TechieXP said,
Why do you need something higher on a 13" laptop? If you want higher get a 15" laptop. A higher resolution on 13" is stupid and makes things look so small. I understand preferences but for $749 for a laptop that is 2 devices in one, its a good deal.

You're being way to finicky. Oh and its an i3 which isn't even that powerful, so what do you need a higher resolution for? Its not even a gaming laptop?

I mean, be realistic. This isn't Apple. Even tho their 13" has a high resolution, look how much it costs you. $259 more and they don't even really have supporting apps.


No, gotta have full HD, regardless if it's a 13 in laptop or a 5 in smartphone.

Honestly, I'm right there with you

Figure 8 Dash said,
I already have a Surface RT at that resolution which is fairly good at 10 inches. However, there's a very noticeable difference in quality when I switch to the iPad 3 and its retina display. Now the Split x2 costs way more and adds nearly 3 inches of real estate. It's going to look even worse when compared to the smaller, 10 inch screen on the RT. For nearly $800 dollars with tax I'm gonna need you to at least give me a better resolution than the Kindle Fire HD.

I don't think you've ever seen anything like the Retina MacBook Pro or Chromebook Pixel in person otherwise there's no way you'd say that 1366x768 is adequate. And the fact that it's probably a TN panel means that it has washed out colors.

dagamer34 said,

I don't think you've ever seen anything like the Retina MacBook Pro or Chromebook Pixel in person otherwise there's no way you'd say that 1366x768 is adequate. And the fact that it's probably a TN panel means that it has washed out colors.

Nope, never seen them in person but neither has a 10 inch screen. And I'm definitely not trying to argue that 1366x768 is awesome but it's a bit more palatable on cheaper devices (like the current price of the Surface RT). But 1366x768 for $749+tax!?! Not acceptable.

I use a 13.3" laptop every day and I can say from my own experience that 1366 x 768 just short of ruins it for me.

Negative opinions about high res stem 100% from people who only think in terms of classic resolution behavior: increase the resolution, everything becomes proportionately smaller.

That's not reality any more, though, and there's a push for UI that intelligently scales. It's not always about making things smaller, but rather about taking advantage of the ability to increase detail.

Whats the point of a Hybrid OS when Win 8 is designed for touch... they're bringing out a slatebook x2 if you want a android base.
and if you don't want win 8 your not going to be buying something like this.

I like the extra HDD in the keyboard section, shame the i5 version isn't out though.

littleneutrino said,
i was expecting hybrid OS not keyboard removable tablet.

get surface or like me wait for the nextgen surface with haswell processor thiner and lighter.

S3P€hR said,

get surface or like me wait for the nextgen surface with haswell processor thiner and lighter.

Which has nothing to do with a hybrid OS...

I would like to have a hybrid myself. I'm heavily invested in their ecosystem, but when working, I need Windows for certain things.