HP reveals its Windows 8 laptop/tablet hybrid, the Envy x2

HP Envy x2

Check out our review of the HP Envy x2 hybrid laptop/tablet.

Hewlett-Packard has shown it’s a keen follower of fashion, and doesn’t intend to get left behind in the rush to introduce multi-purpose Windows 8 machines, as it has introduced a tablet/laptop hybrid named the Envy x2.

The HP Envy x2 joins several other laptops with detachable tablet screens from different manufacturers, all running Microsoft’s newest operating system. Samsung’s Ativ Smart PC was revealed yesterday during its hardware-filled press conference at IFA 2012, and Microsoft themselves will offer keyboard accessories with its own range of Surface tablets.

Like the others, with the Envy x2’s two sections docked together, you’ll be free to type away on the standard laptop-sized keyboard which is encased in aluminum, and view everything on the 11.6-inch screen. But at a flick of a latch below, the screen is set free to act as a Windows 8 tablet.

The IPS panel has a resolution of 1368 x 768, and inside the tablet is an Intel X86 processor, although HP hasn’t confirmed exactly which one. This does let us know that the Envy x2 will run the full version of Windows 8 though.

Top-center on the rear is an 8-megapixel camera, there is an HD video-call lens around the front, plus the tablet also has NFC and Beats Audio technology. As with other laptop/tablet hybrids both sections have their own batteries, and to make sure the tablet is always ready, when the pair are docked together it’s the keyboard section’s battery that is used first.

Additionally, the keyboard dock also has an HDMI port, an SD and microSD card slots and a pair of USB ports too. The Envy x2 comes with 64GB of internal memory as standard.

HP expects the Envy x2 to go on sale this year, telling Bloomberg that it would be “late in the Holiday season.” The report estimates a price of $800 to $900.

It joins the Spectre XT and the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabooks in HP’s touchscreen Windows 8 range, both of which will also be released around the same time.

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