Android or Windows 8? How to choose between HP’s two new detachable PCs


Windows 8 Detachable PC

Perhaps you’ve heard that HP has launched two detachable, hybrid PCs and you aren’t sure which of these cool devices is right for your needs. One of these devices, called the Split x2, is built around Windows 8; the other one, called the SlateBook x2, is built around Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Could either of these convertible devices be the next tech purchase you make? Compare these two to determine which one is the right option for you.


Checking Out the Windows Split x2

Windows lovers get their option with this nifty hybrid. If you would rather be operating with Windows 8, then the Split x2 is a nice option. Compare the features of this model to that of the Android to see the real difference.

  • It has a 13.3-inch HD display, which is significantly larger than the SlateBook. However, it operates in HD at 1366 by 768 IPS.
  • It has the 3rd Generation Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options, both of which most modern Windows users will be familiar with and will find amply fast.
  • As for storage, this model features 2GB of RAm plus 128GB mSATA SSD and 500 GB HDD storage. This means it has more storage than its Android-based bretheren.

It has both a front- and a rear-facing camera, both of which are similar to that of the Android. This device also comes with a USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, giving you an added benefit here. It also is WiFi and Bluetooth compatible.


Exploring the Android SlateBook x2

However, if you love everything about Android (or at least have a bunch of Android devices), then the SlateBook x2 may be your ideal choice. It has a lot of features that can make it a good buy, including the following:

  • A 10.1-inch screen with full HD 1080p (1920 by 1200) and it has a touchscreen IPS display, something that most users will find to be intuitive and attractive.
  • It has a Tegra 4 SoC quad-core system inside of it. According to make Nvidia, it hits 1.8GHz, so it’s likely to be fast enough for virtually any application.
  • It comes with 2GB of Ram as well as 64 GB of storage inside. That’s about average for most users.

Other important features include the DTS sound, a nice front and rear facing camera (perfect for all of your Skype sessions) and a USB 2.0 port. With WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, you have easy access. Of course, you can avoid hitting your 4G data limits by getting an affordable home service with an ISP like, where you can save data by using wi-fi.

The SlateBook x2 uses the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, so it should be compatible with most of your favorite Android apps. You can also sideload any apps that aren’t directly compatible with this device.


Which One is Best?

Considering both of these options, you may be wondering which one is right for your specific needs. That’s not an easy decision since both are powerful tools with ample flexibility. It really comes down to which operating system you are more familiar with using. The Slatebook x2 is said to be priced around $480 while the Split x2 will be higher, more likely around $800. Both have a clickpad and full-size keyboards. Which one do you think you’d prefer?

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