Clamshell laptops will always have their place, but that form factor just can't deliver the versatility of a hybrid tablet with a detachable HP Keyboard . Unfortunately, the designs we've seen so far have been hobbled by weak CPUs.
HP currently has just one hybrid in the consumer market, the pretty-but-underpowered Envy x2. The company hopes to raise expectations with the two models it's announcing today.
The Split x2 will use a 3rd-generation Intel Core i3 CPU and the full Windows 8 OS.
The Split x2 will offer a near-PC experience, with a 3rd-generation Intel Core i3 CPU and the full Windows 8 OS. The display is a 13.3-inch HD touchscreen with an integrated 2-megapixel HP TrueVision Full HD webcam. A 64GB serving of onboard storage will be standard.
The laptop keyboard base contains a second battery and could also house an optional 500GB hard drive. The Split x2 will be available in August for a starting price of $800.
The SlateBook x2 ( HP Keyboard Cover ) has a 10.1-inch touchscreen display and uses the NVidia Tegra 4 mobile processor.
The SlateBook x2 will be the hybrid cousin to HP’s Slate Android tablet. The SlateBook x2 has a 10.1-inch HD touchscreen display and will run Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with NVidia’s Tegra 4 mobile processor.
The tablet includes 64MB of onboard storage. The SlateBook x2 will be available in August for a starting price of $480.