HP has launched a laptop-tablet hybrid in the UK, which runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. There is to be no waiting for anyone wanting to get their hands on the HP SlateBook 10 X2, with the UK launch taking place alongside the American release.
One of the UK’s biggest retailers Argos already has the SlateBook 10 X2 in a number of its stores at £379.99, as well as further stock available on its website.
Although Argos is currently describing the product as a ‘HP Pavilion X2’, the picture on its website shows a SlateBook 10 X2. The specs that Argos lists are exactly the same as those of the SlateBook 10 X2, so the description of the device as a Pavilion model is probably a typing error, which will likely be corrected in due course.
The SlateBook 10 X2 is also available from Internet giant Very for £379, as well as sister company Littlewoods at the higher price of £479. HP’s official UK website offers the device at £379, although they do no currently have any stock.
Although stock does not seem to have reached continental Europe just yet, that appears to be just a matter of time. HP market in the Czech Republic are offering the SlateBook 10 X2 for pre-oder at 11 990 Kč (£365/€419).
The UK and Czech pricing appears to be an almost straight conversion from the $480 charged in the US, with local sales taxes added. The relative lack of US-to-Europe price inflation and the fact that the SlateBook 10 X2 arrived on European shores so promptly – albeit with limited availability – seems to indicate that HP have a more international outlook than some of their rivals.
The launch of the SlateBook 10 X2 ties in neatly with recent comments made by Intel’s new CEO. Brian Krzanich stated that he expected convertibles costing around $400 would play a key role in increasing sales, following a slump in the global PC market.
A notable difference between the version of the SlateBook 10 X2 on sale in the UK is that the 32 GB eMMC storage capacity is twice that offered by the US version’s 16 GB SSD. Other specs appear to be identical, however, across the two models.
It seems that the version on sale in the UK will be the model that is made available across mainland Europe, as HP market also list 32 GB of eMMC storage.
The SlateBook 10 X2’s NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40S chip has a quad-core processor, with a clock of 1.8 GHz. There is also a 10.1-inch touch screen, offering a resolution of 1920 x 1200. In addition, the device has 2 GB RAM, a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera, a USB 2.0 port, an HDMI output and a full-size detachable keyboard.