New device converts seamlessly from tablet to laptop.
At a press event in Paris today by HP I got a brief chance to play around with the HP Envy x2. The Envy x2 marks HP’s second attempt into the tablet market, but this one is geared towards end-consumers, while it’s previously announced ElitePad will target the business segment.
The Envy x2 is in essence a convertible notebook – the Windows 8 powered device looks and behaves like a regular laptop, but flick a small switch and the screen detaches, transforming the Envy x2 into a full-fledged Windows 8 tablet.
The docking keyboard that the Envy x2 slots into is certainly sturdy, and a locking mechanism holds the screen firmly in place – you can only separate the two by sliding a small latch found just above the keyboard. The keyboard also hosts 2 USB 2.0 ports and HDMI, as well as a card reader. The keyboard was quite responsive and certainly made typing more regular than if using the on-screen touch keyboard.
The HP Envy x2 is an exciting product, since there are very few convertible devices out in the market just yet that run Windows. With the inclusion of Windows 8 HP have come up with a device that offers portability and flexibility to users, along with the rich touch interface of Windows 8. Availability has been slated for December 2012 in US markets.
Processor: 1.80Ghz Dual core Intel Atom Z2760
OS: Windows 8
Size: 8.12″ x 11.93″ x 0.66″
Display: 11.6-in HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768)
Storage: Up to 64GB SSd
Camera: Front facing, rear 8MP
Graphics: Intel Graphics 533MHz LPDDr2 SDRAM 2GB
Connectivity: 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC, Bluetooth
Ports: 2xUSB 2.0, HDMI, Audio