SlateBook x2 and Split x2 NOW AVAILABLE

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For those of you who thought, “Gee, I’d sure like to order one of these new x2 hybrid tablet / laptops, but I don’t want to wait until the end of August” I got great news for you: Go get one NOW! Yep, we got everything set and ready to ship ahead of schedule. Not only that, we’ve managed to get the price of the Split x2 down another 50 bucks. So, for those of you playing along at home, you can snag the new SlateBook x2 for $479. The new Split x2: $749.

 

You’re welcome.

 

Here’s a lightning-quick refresher on the two units:

 

SlateBook x2 ($479)
(I’ve already done a hands-on story with a prototype unit –
you can read that right here.)

  • Under the hood: Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor
  • OS: It runs Android Jellybean (I’ve been tinkering with a 4.2.2 build in my test unit)
  • It’s got a 10-inch 1920 by 1200 pixel IPS screen.
  • Internal memory: 16GB
  • External storage: Micro SD card slot in the tablet portion, SD card slot in the keyboard base
  • Measurements: It’s 20.3mm thin (9.9mm for the slate) and weighs 2.98 pounds (1.44 pounds for the slate)
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI 1.4

 

The Split x2 ($749)

(I recently got my hands upon an early Split x2. That is a separate story. I’ll update a link here soon.)

  • Under the hood: Intel Core i3 processor (upgradable to i5 CPU), backed up with 4GB RAM (upgradeable to 8GB RAM)
  • OS: Windows 8
  • It’s got a 13.3-inch screen
  • Internal memory: 64GB on-board (upgradeable to 128GB), optional 500GB HDD in the base
  • External Storage: SD card slot in base, MicroSD slot in the tablet.
  • Measurements: It’s 22.86mm thin (10.16mm for the slate) and weighs 4.85 pounds (2.3 pounds for the slate). Remember, though, this is packing a 13.3-inch screen that you’re able to pull up and walk around with for bragging rights.
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • HDMI 1.4
  • One USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port

 

Remember: In order to be a member of the x2 family, there are batteries both in the tablet portion and the keyboard base. It essentially doubles your battery life. And the charger used to power the base can also power the tablet when detached.

 

Something else to keep in mind: You’re essentially getting a fully stacked tablet and that keyboard base serves as a number of other fully functional peripherals. In fact, I did a little math a little while back versus a competing tablet….

 

Premium 64GB Tablet (As much as $699) + Aluminum Keyboard / screen cover (as much as $169 for an aftermarket add-on) + Card adapter: ($29 - just works for pictures) + HD output ($39 for component cables) + Supplemental battery power ($79) =

 

Total cost: $1015.

 

That’s $265 more expensive than a more powerful Split – and over twice what you’d pay ($536 more) than the SlateBook x2.

 

Just something to think about.

 

You got questions, I got answers. Fire away! In the meantime, I’ll continue digging deeper into the Split and SlateBook x2 and share what I discover.

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