Envy x2 brings HP into tablet-ultrabook era: Hands on

Envy x2 brings HP into tablet-ultrabook era: Hands on

Summary: The 11.6-inch Envy x2 runs on Intel's new Clover Trail processor and offers a sleek take on the current hybrid craze.

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  • The Envy line is HP's premium notebook range and now it includes a convertible tablet model called the x2.

    The Envy x2 device, unveiled at IFA on Thursday, has an 11.6-inch screen that can be detached and used as a tablet and runs Windows 8 on Intel's new Clover Trail processor.

    HP is being tight-lipped on the precise specifications, and has not yet given release or pricing details, other than to say it will be out in time for the holiday season.

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  • As far as the tablet component goes, from the front it looks pretty much like any slate. The screen is high-quality, though, with a brightness of 400 nits.

    HP will also provide an optional stylus for writing on the screen.

    In order to stand out from the crowd a little, HP is bundling proprietary features such as its HP Connected Photo for streaming photos across multiple devices.

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  • From the back, the tablet is clearly part of the Envy line, not only thanks to the large HP logo, but also due to its brushed metal finish.

    Like other models of the Envy line, the x2 also includes Beats Audio technology.

    The device's rear camera has an eight-megapixel resolution, while the front-facing video calling camera is simply referred to as an HD webcam.

    Other hardware features include NFC support and an unspecified capacity SSD.

    Image credit: David Meyer

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Mobility, Tablets, Windows

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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  • A little girl

    All these tablet/notebook hybrids! You have no idea how giddy I am right now (giggling like a little girl). I'm actually *looking forward* to buying my next Windows notebook, now!

    As an owner of an ASUS Transformer I speak with first hand experience when I say: this is the new portable computing paradigm... and it's AWESOME!
    dsf3g
  • Hardware Has Finally Caught Up With Gates' Vision

    Ten years after championing tablet computing, hardware (and software) have finally caught up with Mr. Gates' vision - and yes Apple fanboys, it is NOT an invention of the wunderkind (although he did advance the ball tremendously).

    Like dsf3g, I too can't wait for the party to begin. It is turning out that "Post-PC' is really going to be "Extended-PC" giving you desktop class performance and full peripheral access when needed, and tablet portability and entertainment when desired. I also can't wait for Mr. Cook to announce the MacBook Air Convertible Tablet (maybe iPad Air?) in fall 2013 proclaiming that Apple has designed the "Extended-PC" right (compared to the rest of the pedestrian world).
    dksmidtx
  • And then a month after it is launched

    they abandon it, right?
    Michael Alan Goff