HP TouchSmart tx2 laptop brings upgraded multitouch to tablet PC; $799

HP unveiled its updated TouchSmart tx2 laptop, a 12.1-inch model that sports Windows 7 multitouch and starts at $799.

Rounding out Tuesday's announcements, HP unveiled its updated TouchSmart tx2 laptop, a 12.1-inch model that sports Windows 7 multitouch and starts at $799.

The tx2's capacitive touchscreen display rotates 180 degrees for use as a tablet, and the multitouch capabilities also support the use of a stylus.

Inside, the model is a mild refresh: memory is doubled to 4GB and the hard drive upgraded to 320GB and a higher 7,200RPM spin speed. It keeps the 2.2GHz AMD Turion X2 processor and ATi Radeon HD 3200 graphics, as well as its 4.65 lb. weight.

The tx2 is preloaded with TouchSmart software suite, which is similar to the one that ships with the company's newly-announced all-in-one TouchSmart PCs and includes the same partner apps, including Hulu, Netflix, Twitter, Pandora and Rhapsody.

The HP TouchSmart tx2 will be available Oct. 22.