The HP SlateBook x2 is an Android tablet that you can use as a laptop when you connect a keyboard dock. Despite the Android operating system, HP is positioning the SlateBook as a PC rather than a mobile device. But it’s priced like a budget laptop.
HP is now selling the SlateBook X2 for $479.
The SlateBook X2 features an NVIDIA Tgra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage. It has a 10.1 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, and supports 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. The tablet runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Both the tablet and the keyboard dock feature batteries, with a 25Whr battery in the tablet and a 21Whr battery in the keyboard. The tablet alone should get up to 10 hours of battery life, and HP says you can stretch that to 18 hours when you use the keyboard.
The tablet weighs 1.3 pounds, while the tablet and base together weigh 2.8 pounds. That makes the SlateBook X2 a little on the heavy side for a 10 inch tablet, but pretty light for a notebook-like computer.
In notebook mode, the system measures about 10.2″ x 7.6″ x 0.8″ and the tablet alone is 10.2″ x 7.2″ x 0.4″.
Other features include a USB 2.0 port, HDMI port, flash card reader, front and rear cameras, and DTS Sound+.