The so-called hybrid devices that combine the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a laptop have never taken off as pundits predicted, mostly because… well, they’ve been painfully pricey. But not the HP SlateBook x2.

hp slatebook HP SlateBook x2 goes on sale, costs $480 complete with keyboard dock

This thing has gone on sale mere hours ago and costs $479. That’s with the keyboard docking station included, so you can say the 480 bucks buy you both a tab and a mini-notebook (netbooks are dead, so I’m trying hard to not mention their name).

Since SlateBook’s introduction back in May grabbed very few headlines, you probably need a few extra details before committing to the gizmo. Well, for starters, you should know that this is HP’s second ever Android tablet, as well as its first Android 2-in-1 device, running 4.2 Jelly Bean out the box.

And despite its affordability, the SlateBook x2 is no pushover when it comes to its hardware. There’s one of those sizzling hot Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core CPUs ticking beneath the hood (clocked at 1.8 GHz), plus 2 GB RAM and a 16 GB solid-state drive.

But the best thing about this tab/notebook is it sports a 10.1-inch display with 1,920 x 1,200 pixels resolution. True, that’s no “Retina” panel, but once again, it’s surprisingly cool for its price range.

HP SlateBook x2 HP SlateBook x2 goes on sale, costs $480 complete with keyboard dock

As a standalone slate, the device is fairly elegant too, measuring 0.38 inches in thickness and weighing in at 1.32 pounds. Sadly, everything changes once the keyboard is connected, with the slim profile getting boosted to a chunky 0.81 inches and the weight to 2.77 pounds.

Oh, well, at least the docking station comes with some extra battery juice, which the 10-incher badly needs, being rated by itself at a modest five-hour autonomy. Wrapping up the spec sheet, there are a number of other goodies (HDMI, DTS Sound+), but also some major flaws (only one USB 2.0 port, 2 MP rear snapper).

All in all, the HP Slatebook x2 seems to be worth its money on paper, but I’d rather get my hands on it before passing my final judgment. Anyone has a spare that I can test out?

Via [Phone Arena]