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

The 11.6-inch Envy x2 runs on Intel's new Clover Trail processor and offers a sleek take on the current hybrid craze.
By David Meyer, Contributor
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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.

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This shot of the Envy x2's ports gives an idea of how thin it is.

The tablet and keyboard have a combined weight of 1.41kg. On its own, the tablet weighs 680g.

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