HP SlateBook x2: Tegra 4 on Android 4.2.2 in August

Subject: General Tech, Graphics Cards, Processors, Mobile | May 15, 2013 - 09:02 PM |
Tagged: tegra 4, hp, tablets

Sentences containing the words "Hewlett-Packard" and "tablet" can end in a question mark, an exclamation mark, or a period on occasion. The gigantic multinational technology company tried to own a whole mobile operating system with their purchase of Palm and abandoned those plans just as abruptly with such a successful $99 liquidation of $500 tablets, go figure, that they to some extent did it twice. The operating system was open sourced and at some point LG swooped in and bought it, minus patents, for use in Smart TVs.

So how about that Android?

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The floodgates are open on Tegra 4 with HP announcing their SlateBook x2 hybrid tablet just a single day after NVIDIA's SHIELD move out of the projects. The SlateBook x2 uses the Tegra 4 processor to power Android 4.2.2 Jellybean along with the full Google experience including the Google Play store. Along with Google Play, the SlateBook and its Tegra 4 processor are also allowed in TegraZone and NVIDIA's mobile gaming ecosystem.

As for the device itself, it is a 10.1" Android tablet which can dock into a keyboard for extended battery life, I/O ports, and well, a hardware keyboard. You are able to attach this tablet to a TV via HDMI along with the typical USB 2.0, combo audio jack, and a full-sized SD card slot; which half any given port is available through is anyone's guess, however. Wirelessly, you have WiFi a/b/g/n and some unspecified version of Bluetooth.

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The raw specifications list follows:

  • NVIDIA Tegra 4 SoC
    • ARM Cortex A15 quad core @ 1.8 GHz
    • 72 "Core" GeForce GPU @ ~672MHz, 96 GFLOPS
  • 2GB DDR3L RAM ("Starts at", maybe more upon customization?)
  • 64GB eMMC SSD
  • 1920x1200 10.1" touch-enabled IPS display
  • HDMI output
  • 1080p rear camera, 720p front camera with integrated microphone
  • 802.11a/b/g/n + Bluetooth (4.0??)
  • Combo audio jack, USB 2.0, SD Card reader
  • Android 4.2.2 w/ Full Google and TegraZone experiences.

If this excites you, then you only have to wait until some point in August; you will also, of course, need to wait until you save up about $479.99 plus tax and shipping.

Source: HP
May 16, 2013 | 12:01 AM - Posted by ezjohny

could you use any blue tooth key board with this tablet.

May 16, 2013 | 02:41 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

We, of course, do not have one -- at least not yet -- to confirm or deny that.

That said, I do not see why you couldn't.

May 16, 2013 | 10:57 AM - Posted by razor512

Still think the HP touchpad was an extremely good tablet.

So far it still has the best speakers I have found so far. (though it might change when I get a chance to test the nexus 10 tablet)

It runs android really well and easily overclocks to 1.89GHz (dual core), and the GPU easily overclocks from around 266MHz, to 320MHz.

I just wish HP could use their rights to webOS in order to port over the webOS keyboard to android, I have yet to find a better keyboard. They did the one thing that android and many keyboard app devs cant seem to figure out, adding a half height number row so you do not have to use a menu to get the numbers. Best $100 + $20 in shipping and taxes, I ever spent on a tablet.

I wish they could do a $200 10 inch tablet with a tegra 3 and still offer 2GB of RAM

Screenshot of how a good onscreen keyboard should be
http://i.imgur.com/3zgcIoR.png

(been years and have been unable to find anything that comes even close. (on android the only one that seems to offer a number row, also adds a bunch of other keys which makes the buttons too tiny)

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