HP debuts Android, Windows 8-powered x2 portables

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Android or Windows 8, HP has an x2 for you
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Whether your portable platform of choice is Android or Windows 8, a pair of new x2 personal computers from HP promise to deliver the goods in style this summer.

Hewlett-Packard today announced a pair of detachable PCs capable in the tradition of the HP Envy x2 which function as a full notebook but include a removable display capable of also being used as a tablet while on the go.

With a starting price of $799.99, the HP Split x2 (opens in new tab) combines a third-generation Intel Core processor with Microsoft Windows 8 for a two-in-one notebook whose 13.3-inch touchscreen display undocks to become a tablet.

The HP Split x2 features a soft-touch casing to repel fingerprints, dual batteries and comes equipped with a 2MP TrueVision Full HD webcam; while attached to the keyboard base, a trackpad allows for gestured-based navigation.

Android on board

For those who don't want or need Windows 8, HP also offers the less-expensive SlateBook x2 (opens in new tab) starting at $479.99.

Powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, the HP SlateBook x2 brings Split x2's stylish looks to a smaller 10.1-inch, 1080p HD display form factor.

Featuring a complete Google experience out of the box, the SlateBook x2 also includes Kingsoft Office pre-installed for accessing, editing and sharing Microsoft Office-compatible documents.

The HP Split x2 and SlateBook x2 will be available in the United States this August with optional HP Care Pack (opens in new tab) extended warranty coverage available for both notebooks.