HP SlateBook x2: a tablet-laptop hybrid that runs on Android
The SlateBook x2 is HP’s second step into the tablet-laptop hybrid market following the launch of its HP Envy x2 earlier this year. Whereas the Envy runs on Windows, the SlateBook is an Android device with a 10.1-inch HD screen and comes with a detachable keyboard with trackpad.
On sale in August and priced at £379.99, it’s around the average kind of price for a 10-inch Android and significantly cheaper than the Envy x2.
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HP SlateBook x2 - three key features
Dual battery power – With two batteries, one in its base and one in its screen, the HP SlateBook x2 draws charge from its base first before moving onto the screen. And it cleverly charges its screen from the base when they’re attached.
This means you should be left with as much juice as possible if you choose to part ways with the keyboard during the day. HP claims that the two batteries will offer a combined 16 hours of usage – we’ll put this to the test as soon as it hits our labs.
A speedy processor – The HP SlateBook x2 has a 1.8GHz quad
Parting-ways is easy – This hybrid is surprisingly simple to change between tablet and laptop. Just slide the catch and the two pieces detach. To reunite the two pieces just slot them into place and click into position.
Can it do the job of a tablet and a laptop?
Don’t be fooled by the keyboard on this device. The SlateBook x2 is primarily a 10-inch tablet with a few extras which make it a little easier to use. Its keyboard is great for typing notes or short emails but is still a bit too cramped to be your main typing device. Overall, this is no laptop replacement. It runs Android which is a great mobile and tablet platform, but it isn’t compatible with your everyday computer programs like Word and Excel (although similar apps are available).
So now we’ve got that distinction out the way – lets focus on some of the positives. I like the way that you can angle the Slatebook’s screen. And although this might not sound innovative, some more expensive rivals don’t offer this. The processor should be speedy making for a good Android experience and the battery life looks promising.
However, although the dock is useful for battery life and typing, it makes the device heavy and chunky. Again this is a sign that the hybrid form factor isn’t quite there yet. It’s no competition for a good ultrabook but is worth a look if you’re in the market for a large Android tablet.
Jessica Moreton, Senior Technology Researcher-Writer
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