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Is £380 HP SlateBook X2 with Tegra 4 CPU the best Android hybrid tablet to date?

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.

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