The Tegra 4-powered SlateBook x2 running Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) is the latest split-personality portable computer from HP.
Detailed hardware specs have not be made available, but we do know that if will have an IPS panel with a screen resolution of 1920×1200, USB and HDMI ports. That’s about all we know about the hardware, but I’m sure it will come with other standards, like WiFi, Bluetooth, camera (hopefully, front and rear), etc.
The beauty of these new HP hybrids, is they come with dual battery, one in the detachable tablet portion, and another in the base. The HP Split x2, a similar device powered by an Intel Core i3, also has dual storage capability – an SSD in the tablet portion, and room for a standard laptop HDD in the base, so I expect the SlateBook x2 to have the same storage options. That will make for fun hardware configuration.
I don’t have an Android device and I’m not in a hurry to get one (my HP TouchPad is still kicking), but the Tegra 4 is a quad core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with a maximum clock speed of 1.9 GHz, powerful GeForce graphics, and 4 GB RAM, so my interest here is to check out the possibility of loading my favorite desktop distribution on it. And if it passes the desktop distro test, the dual-storage option will make dual-booting more fun and easier.
Google’s ChromeBook Pixel looks good and cool and is seems to have more fancy hardware features, but it has an Apple-high price tag. The Slatebook x2 on the other hand, when it’s starts shipping in August, will start at US$480.00. Dual-storage models will probably carry a higher price tag. More about it SlateBook x2 here.
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