After debuting a remarkably mediocre Android(s goog) tablet in April, HP(s hpq) 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.
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’s(s nvda)Tegra 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.