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HP’s next Android tablet is expected to become available in August. Unlike the so-so HP Slate 7, this one looks pretty solid, complete with a fast Tegra 4 chip, full HD display and docking keyboard that boosts battery life.

Slatebook X2 undocked

After debuting a remarkably mediocre Android tablet in April, HP is ready to try again. Only this, time the product looks and sounds promising: the $479 HP Slatebook x2 is an Android slate with keyboard dock that increases the run time of the tablet on a single charge.

Slatebook X2

Unlike the HP Slate 7, the new tablet doesn’t have hardware components that were considered top-notch in 2010. This time, HP is putting together what’s likely a high performing Android tablet with a smart docking accessory. The Slatebook X2 is one of the few devices this year that are using Nvidia’sTegra 4 quad-core processor, which is clocked at 1.8 GHz and paired with 2 GB of memory. The 10.1-inch display offers better than full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200. HP says the tablet will ship with Android 4.2.

I like the keyboard accessory, which makes the Slatebook X2 reminiscent of the popular Asus Transformer tablet line. The keyboard is sized at 91 percent of a traditional keyboard, so it shouldn’t be too cramped to type on. There’s a trackpad that supports multi-touch gestures. And the keyboard houses a second battery, so the tablet can run longer when docked.

The HP Slatebook X2 product page, found by SlashGear, says we can expect the device in August, so the official sale date could start as early as tomorrow. For now, you can sign up to be notified on availability. I wouldn’t do that for the HP Slate 7, but I’d definitely consider it for the Slatebook X2 if you’re looking for an Android tablet that doubles as a type of laptop.

  1. I’m happy to see HP is beginning to compete in the Android market. Their quality of products in the past few years have grown exponentially. I can’t wait to try this Slatebook X2.

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  2. Another hybrid tablet – the Hummingbird PX103 by Aocos Electronics, also recently launched and while a lesser known brand, it offers an impressive, ultra compact
    “Transformer-style” 10-inch device that features a durable, snap-on cover that reconfigures to work as a mini-laptop with built-in keyboard — one of the first U.S. sites it’s available through is TabletSprint and is priced at $259.

    It’s Aocos Electronics’ third edition in the Hummingbird series and offers a sleek design and features the latest technology for a mid-range device… offering a Quad Core processor (Rockchip RK3188 1.6 GHz / Mali-400MP4 GPU/2GB DDR3), 16GB Memory, a 10 inch HD 1280×800 IPS screen, Bluetooth 4.0 (works with built-in keyboard), a front Webcam and 5 MegaPixel rear camera, HDMI 1080p output, a 7000 mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; and is compatible with Chromecast and comes with Google Play store.

    The Hummingbird PX103 is compact and ultra-thin, with a 9.6mm profile and weight-wise comes in at 1.4 pounds… not far off from Sony’s Xperia world’s thinnest and lightest tablet device. A 3G edition of the PX103 is also expected in late August.

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    1. I wouldnt buy it just because its obvious you work for, or benefit from, this company.

      Besides, it should be cheaper, the resolution sucks, it only has a 1.6 processor (FYI NOT a Tegra!)

      So yea, Mr Salesmen… its cheaper because it isnt as good. You douche.

      Now STFU.

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      1. I bought an Aocos tablet last month, which is a well known brand in Australia and it’s a nice product and the performance is quite good.

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  3. Not everyone wants to spend $500 on a tablet device. I bought a Pipo brand tablet recently, which uses the same Rockchip processor as this Aocos tablet and the performance is perfectly fine for what most people use a tablet for. A good measure of graphic performance is demonstrated in using the game Riptide and the Rockchip chipset performs fine and most other 3D intense games work great as well. Word processing, browsing, emails and others task perform the same on most tablets regardless of the manufacturer. The Tegra 4 may perform faster overall, but for most needs it doesn’t make too much difference on an Android tablet device.

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