As the Summer begins to wind down this coming August, PC purveyor HP will be gearing up for a couple key launches. Two new detachable PCs will broaden their x2 line of mobile computing options. The SlateBook x2 and HP Split x2 will be the newest crossbreeds from HP come the latter days of our hottest season. On the surface there’s the obvious convenience of not committing to either laptop or tablet camps.
However the SlateBook x2 will be the first Android detachable device to use Nvidia’s “superhuman” Tegra 4 mobile processor. It’s said to be lightweight, though we don’t have numbers yet and uses a magnetic hinge for super slick docking and undocking. It will be running Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, but documentation is light on specifics. We don’t know if this is a reskin of vanilla Android. But with Nvidia onboard you have dual shopping and app options with Google Play and Nvidia’s TegraZone. The screen is a 10.1 inch touchscreen display. The device includes 64MB of storage and DTS Sound+.
The HP Split x2 is the higher end of the two devices. It will be running Windows 8 and features a larger display size at 13.3 inches. HP continues its partnership with Beats Audio whose audio tech is embedded to add richness, bass and clarity to the HP Connected Music3. The device has a dual battery makeup for enhanced portability and an optional hard disk for expanded storage. Supposedly design will help prevent fingerprints and allow for a more comfortable grip when detached. Rounding out the enticing bits are a 2mp camera, webcam, Clickpad with gesture navigation and optional Lojack and Damage Protection services.
The HP SlateBook x2 and HP Split x2 are expected to be available in the United States in August with starting prices of $479.99 and $799.99, respectively.
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