HP on Wednesday unveiled two new hybrid laptops, the Android-powered Slatebook x2 and the HP Split x2 that runs Windows 8. The former system appears to be positioned to compete directly with the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity while the Windows machine consists of a 13.3-inch tablet with a keyboard dock.
The Slatebook x2 ships with a 10.1-inch display operating at a 1,920 x 1,200 and includes a dockable keyboard much like the Asus system. It is powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 4 processor and runs Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
The press release notes the system will carry just 64GB of storage although at least one publication believes that’s an error. If true, however, there’s always the microSD card slot for additional storage in addition to the bevy of free online storage available.
If something running Windows is more your style, the HP Split x2 could be right up your alley. The 13.3-inch display runs at a lowly 1,366 x 768 but packs an Intel Core i3 Ivy Bridge processor (or an i5 if you want to splurge), 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage. There’s a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an extra slot in the keyboard dock for an additional 500GB of storage space.
Both systems are expected to be available in the US starting in August. The Slatebook x2 carries a starting price of $479.99 while the Split x2 can be yours starting at $799.99 with the Intel Core i3 processor.
The Asus Transformer Pad TF300 has a 10.1-inch LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) ISP screen with scratch-resistant glass, a 178° viewing angle, and 10-finger multitouch support. Wireless connectivity includes firstname.lastname@example.orgGHz and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The TF300 uses a 22Wh Li-polymer battery that is said to provide 10 hours of operating time. It also carries various sensors including a G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS.
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