With the touch and mouse friendly Windows 8 right around the corner, PC makers have begun revealing the devices designed specifically for Microsoft’s versatile new operating system. At IFA 2012, HP officially unveiled its laptop/tablet hybrid the HP ENVY x2. Similar to the Asus Vivo and the Asus Transformer Book, it’s a combination of a tablet and a traditional mobile computing solution.
These new mobile computing devices designed around Windows 8 are surely meant to turn the heads of iPad owners and laptop carriers alike. We’re thinking that’s why HP has dubbed its new hybrid device the Envy.
Something to Envy
A combination laptop and tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has an HD touch display that measures 11.6-inches diagonally. Boasting 400-nit brightness and a resolution of 1,366 x 768, the screen is easily removed from the keyboard chassis and clicks back into place with the help of magnets.
On its lonesome, the HP ENVY x2′s screen is a slim, easy to hold tablet. Perhaps in anticipation of the iPad Mini, it has a slightly smaller width than an iPad, fitting easily in one hand. It also features front and rear facing cameras for snapping pictures and video chatting. The camera on the back provides 8.0 megapixel quality.
All the bells and whistles
While all the most important internal parts are stored behind the screen, enabling it to leave the keyboard behind with the flip of a switch and a gentle tug, it’s got all the essential ports necessary to be a functional computing solution. The keyboard base features an SD card slot, HDMI, and a few USB ports. The base even provides extra battery life. When hooked together as a laptop, it weighs in at only 3.1 pounds, only a little heavier than a MacBook Air.
Also like a Macbook, the HP ENVY x2 features a brushed aluminum finish. It also boasts Beats Audio speakers, NFC support and IPS technology. The touch display screen is multi-touch, and HP plans to offer an optional stylus for more precise touch controls.
More details to come
The HP ENVY x2 we saw featured a 64GB SSD and a processor of the Intel variety. As far as more exact specs, in addition to battery life, price and an exact release date, HP wasn’t ready to get too say just yet, but we’ve been told that this device will be in stores by the time Windows 8 launches on Oct. 26.