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Split x2
One runs Android the other runs Windows 8

HP has announced the addition of two new products to its x2 detachable PC portfolio. The two machines include the HP SlateBook x2 and the Split x2. The SlateBook x2 is the first Android detachable device using the NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor. HP promises that the device enables realistic gaming, speedy web browsing, and smooth HD video playback.

The Split x2 is a Microsoft Windows 8 device featuring a 13.3-inch HD display and an Intel Core processor. The machine is fitted with Beats Audio for high-quality sound and supports HP's Connected Music service. The Split can also be fitted with an optional hard drive in the base to expand storage capacity and has dual batteries with an extra battery in the base.

The SlateBook x2 is similar in design with a few major exceptions, such as running the Android 4.2.2 operating system -- it offers all of the Google experience services such as search, Gmail, YouTube, and more. It features a 10.1-inch HD resolution touchscreen, 64 MB of storage, and DTS Sound.

“Customers want to access and share content anywhere, anytime, on any internet connected device—and they expect those connections to be seamless,” said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer PCs, HP. “The HP SlateBook x2 and the HP Split x2 are next-generation devices and the latest examples of our continued commitment to evolving the computing experience by providing the flexibility necessary for customers to be productive at home, at the office or on the go.” 

Both these machines are expected to be available in the US in August. The SlateBook x2 will sell for $479.99 while the Split x2 will start at $799.95.

Source: HP

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Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By ilt24 on 5/15/2013 10:42:52 AM , Rating: 2
I was hoping for at least 1920x1080, but no.

HP Split x2:

•Third generation Intel® Core™ processor with integrated graphics, choice of i3 or i5
•2GB RAM or more
•13.3-inch diagonal 1366x768 pixel LED backlit IPS touchscreen
•Durable magnetic detachable hinge
•2 batteries; one in the tablet and another in the dock
•Full HD webcam, 8MP rear facing camera
•Beats Audio system
•128GB SSD with optional 500GB hard disk in the dock unit
•Soft-touch coating for comfort and fewer fingerprints
•802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth
•MicroSD reader, Combo audio jack, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI, SD card slot
•Microsoft Windows 8

HP SlateBook x2:

•1.8GHz quad-core NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 processor
•2GB RAM or more
•10.1-inch 1920x1200 pixel LED-backlit IPS touchscreen display
•Durable magnetic detachable hinge
•2 batteries; one in the tablet and another in the dock
•64GB of storage
•720p webcam, 1080p rear facing camera
•SD card slot, combo audio jack, 1x USB 2.0, HDMI
•802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth
•DTS Sound+ Solution
•HP-imprint finish in white or silver
•Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and Kingsoft Office suite

RE: Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By BRB29 on 5/15/2013 12:46:56 PM , Rating: 3
I like how the Win8 device doesn't get high res while the Android device does.

Does this make any sense to anyone?

You got one device with 13.3" screen and an OS that will benefit more from high res. Nope slap 768p on it.

You got a device running a mobile OS that doesn't benefit as much from high res and a smaller 10.1" screen. Sure slap a 1200p screen on it.

RE: Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By Omega215D on 5/15/2013 3:23:56 PM , Rating: 2
Well, the Asus version has 1080p and runs Win8 and is a better device than what HP seems to be releasing these days.

RE: Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By Visual on 5/16/2013 4:19:12 AM , Rating: 2
There is no Asus version with Core CPU, only Atom crap.

The only actually worthwhile contenders released so far are the MS Surface Pro and the Samsung Ativ SmartPC Pro. For some goddamn reason neither of them are available in my country. Lenovo Thinkpad Helix was supposed to give a new hope on this front but has been delayed so long already... Acer W700 is the only other thing that comes close but some retard manager that never actually used a windows tablet decided to skip on a digitizer for it, so it is out too.

There is some grand conspiracy going on to just never sell me a decent tablet, despite me wanting to give them my money for many years now.

RE: Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By Visual on 5/16/2013 4:25:57 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, I see the TX300 now, its a new release I didn't hear about. And again, it does not get a digitizer. Why don't they force the guys in charge of these decisions to actually use the products for a while? Then we would not get misunderstandings such as this one... anyone that has ever used a Wacom-enabled Windows tablet would never give it up.

By TakinYourPoints on 5/16/2013 3:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
The lower PPI on the Windows version is probably to offset the higher cost of the internals. Swapping to an ARM SoC leaves lots more money to throw a good screen in there.

RE: Split X2 13" 1366x768 :-(
By jaydee on 5/15/2013 4:10:39 PM , Rating: 2
I'd take a 720p IPS screen over a 1080p TN panel any day. Sure I'd love both, but no offers both at this price point, with a 128GB SSD.

What is a deal breaker is the HDMI instead of DisplayPort or Thunderbolt. If I can't run a 1440p external monitor, I don't want it.

Sounded great, until I got here...
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/15/2013 9:54:33 AM , Rating: 2
The SlateBook x2 will sell for $479.99 while the Split x2 will start at $799.95.

"Those are reasonable prices", is what I would have said 5 years ago.

RE: Sounded great, until I got here...
By Crazyeyeskillah on 5/15/2013 10:00:00 AM , Rating: 2
Microsoft jacked us all when they set the surface tab at such a high price-point for either model. Apple is able to get the prices they set because there is no competition in that ecosystem. A windows or android tablet is competing with everything from 50$ Big Lots bargain tablets up to flagships. A quality upper middle range product unfortunately has bled into the 800-1000 range. If these were available around 499 i could see the sales taking off.

RE: Sounded great, until I got here...
By SublimeSimplicity on 5/15/2013 10:46:43 AM , Rating: 2
The X2 is going to be DOA. Google will likely announce today a similarly spec'd Nexus (albeit 7"-8" vs 10") for half the price.

RE: Sounded great, until I got here...
By theapparition on 5/15/13, Rating: 0
By tocket on 5/15/2013 6:57:11 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure the Nexus 7 uses Tegra 3... at least mine does.

hp is clueless (not that that is news to anyone)
By Bubbacub on 5/15/2013 11:31:18 AM , Rating: 2
1: very few people are going to spend more than nexus 10 amounts of money on an android tablet

2: 1366x768 is not an acceptable resolution for any x86 device over $500 with a screen size over 9 inches.

3: there is no market for 13.3inch tablets (with an inch either side for bezel) - the tablet bit invariably ends up too heavy.

just make a surface pro copy for slightly less money and add in a proper keyboard to dock into.

you can use plastic - most people arnt fussed about paying hundreds of dollars extra for a pretty aluminium/magnesium casing.

By BRB29 on 5/15/2013 12:48:03 PM , Rating: 2
It's HP, did you expect logic?

By inteli722 on 5/15/2013 7:47:39 PM , Rating: 2
I have to completely disagree with #2. 1920x1080 doesn't make much sense on a 13" laptop. At that size, you have to scale, which looks bad in my opinion. I'm just fine with 1366x766, but not on anything bigger than a 14" laptop.

By Visual on 5/16/2013 4:32:42 AM , Rating: 2
Your point may fly for laptops with some people (even though I don't agree even in that case) but for tablets is absolutely wrong.
Have you ever rotated your laptop in portrait mode? I guess no. But for a tablet, that is not uncommon, so 1920x1080 not only makes sense, but is a must.
Or do you mean to tell me you know of even a single website that fits in under 1024 horizontal pixels?

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