It is difficult not to be seduced by the HP SlateBook X2. The device was announced yesterday by HP alongside the Split X2 hybrid, its Intel-based, Windows-powered counterpart, and is the first to come with the promising Tegra 4 system-on-chip, one hailed by its designer, Nvidia, as the most powerful ARM-based SoC on the market.
Its hardware list points to a top of the range hybrid device (with a detachable keyboard dock) and the spec sheet reads as follows: a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 SoC clocked at 1.8GHz with 2GB of DDR3L RAM, a 10.1in full HD BrightView LED-backlit display with a 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution (a 16:10 aspect ratio rather than a 16:9 one), Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a weight of only 1.4Kg (with the bundled docking station), up to 64GB onboard storage (16GB and 32GB models will be available as well), DTS+ sound, a rear 2-megapixel camera and a front facing HD TrueVision one with an integrated microphone, Wi-Fi, HDMI, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot.
The docking station houses an additional battery, a USB 2.0 port, an audio jack, a SD card slot, Kingsoft Office suite and a "clickpad". The best bit remains the price though; the SlateBook X2 is expected to land in the UK in August for £380 (and $480 in the US). Now will HP unveil a Windows RT version of the SlateBook X2 with Office 2013 for under £400?
You can read our hands-on of the HP SlateBook X2 hybrid tablet here.