Transformer Book competition? HP has just outed the Split X2, a Core powered 13.3″ touchscreen Windows 8 hybrid with WiDi, HDMI, and a keyboard dock with an extra battery and a 500GB HDD. Is this a viable alternative to the Transformer Book?
The Split is another entrant in the growing Windows 8 Core powered hybrid market and has a number of features similar to the Transformer Book like a keyboard dock with an extra battery and an optional 500GB HDD to complement the 128GB SSD in the tablet. The HP will be powered by a Y-series Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, offer WiDi, and HDMI port, microSD and full SD card slots and 2 USB porst (1x USB2, 1x USB3) on the keyboard dock. WiFi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, Beats audio and front and rear are also present.
The Split falls behind a bit when it comes to the screen, a 13.3″ touchscreen with a resolution of 1366×768 and 2GB RAM and while HP’s website suggests the RAM can be upgraded (no figures given) there doesn’t seem to be an option to upgrade to a full HD screen which would be preferred with a 13″ screen.
The whole package weighs in at 4.12lbs and starts at $799.99 with availability slated for August.