HP goes Android with x2 hybrid

Hewlett-Packard's new SlateBook x2 can double as an Android laptop, and that's a first for HP.

SlateBook x2: HP is putting more muscle behind Android now.  The SlateBook x2 follows the Slate 7 Android tablet.
SlateBook x2: HP is putting more muscle behind Android now. The SlateBook x2 follows the Slate 7 Android tablet. Hewlett-Packard

Hewlett-Packard has a newfound affinity for Android.

After announcing the Slate 7 in February, HP announced Tuesday that it is adding a second Android tablet, the SlateBook x2.

The SlateBook takes its well-received Envy x2 design and loads Android 4.2.2 and Nvidia's brand-new Tegra 4 chip inside a sleek 10.1-inch tablet that can double as a laptop.

An Android laptop, mind you, not a Chromebook.

"With an advanced magnetic hinge design and dual battery system -- one battery in the base and one in the tablet -- users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back," HP said in a statement.

The SlateBoook x2 "detachable" will come with 64GB of storage standard.

And about that Tegra 4. It's one of the first quad-core chips based on ARM's newest Cortex-A15 design and features 72 GPU (graphics processing unit) cores and supports up to 4GB of memory.

The SlateBook x2 is expected to be available in the U.S. in August with a starting price of $479.99.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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