HP announces two hybrids: the Windows 8 Split x2 and Android SlateBook x2

Today HP has announced two new tablet-laptop hybrids: one that runs Windows 8 on an Intel 'Ivy Bridge' processor, and one that runs Android 4.2 on a NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset. Both machines will fall under HP's 'x2' branding, which already includes an Atom-powered Windows 8 convertible called the Envy x2 that was announced around the time Windows 8 was released.

The more exciting of the two devices is the HP Split x2, the aforementioned Windows 8 convertible that features a third-generation Core i3 or i5 processor from Intel and a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display. The tablet itself features an SSD, however the keyboard it docks into packs in an additional 500 GB hard drive alongside an extra battery, plus some extra ports such as USB 3.0 and HDMI.

The other device is the SlateBook x2, which runs Android 4.2 and is powered by one of NVIDIA's brand new Tegra 4 chipsets, which haven't been seen in many devices thus far. The SlateBook x2 is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920 x 1200 IPS display, and again it docks into a keyboard with an extra battery inside. The tablet plus keyboard together weighs around 1.3 kg (2.8 pounds), and comes with 64 GB of on-board storage plus expansion through microSD and SD card slots.

HP has said that both products will be available in the USA in August, with the Split x2 going for $800 and the SlateBook x2 coming in at $480. There's currently no word on whether HP will be launching these devices outside the United States.

Source: Engadget | Images via HP

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That Split x2 is a fail at that price and size. Might as well make it a full Ultrabook with HD since you've got the space for extra battery and cooling.

As it is I would expect some crazy battery life like 20 hours at that size.

Haven't figured out why the continued bonehead decisions in regards to screen resolution continues to permeate the windows ultrabook and slate markets. As mentioned earlier why does an android tablet get the better screen resolution. It's not like its Win RT with its screen restrictions. It's full blown Win 8! Ugh.

I like the name "SlateBook"... but does Android OS really qualify as a "slate"? I thought a slate was a fully-functioning PC in tablet form...

I guess they've changed the definition.

neonspark - what you are basically saying is that the tablet market (and the Android tablet market in particular) is entirely about price. not about value. If you're right, then Android is in trouble.

I have a Nexus 10, I use it for client presentations and reading and that's about it. I've been waiting for one of these detachable machines to come around...but I think I'll keep waiting...but these are a step in the right direction.

given the horrendous sales of 10 inch android tablets where google's sweetie nexus 10 has sold less than surface RT, HP is going head first into dead on arrival with android on a 480 dollar convertible. HP just plain doesn't get it.

You say that but the transformer prime is ~$400-420, so its not unreasonable to ask $480 for something like this...but I agree it now gonna sell massively.
The split looks are more promising, my mum has an envy x2 and loves it, but always have to have an SD card in to store music and vids, which although its not a massive inconvenience can be annoying, and is still limited to 64/128GBish. This also starts to appeal more to a business market that more more than the ElitePad but still want tablet functionality.