HP Envy x2 tablet

HP’s new Envy x2 is a pricey little device that can well serve both the utilities of a tablet and a serious notebook. It runs the full version of Windows 8 and has all the ports that one would normally associate with a full fledged notebook including HDMI & USB and also has a slot for SD cards. It even has a full sized keyboard with a track pad that HP labels as Imagepad and supports the gestures in Windows 8. The 11.6” screen can be detached from the keyboard and it transforms itself into a tablet.

Powered by Intel’s latest Z2760 chip the Windows 8 tablet weighs about 3.2 pounds and has a very sturdy built all aluminum body. The most interesting thing about the tablet is that being to able to run the full version of Windows 8 makes it also capable to run all the Microsoft office programs. This is something which even the Surface RT tablet does not have. Additionally it has the latest Beat Audio technology, a HD webcam, a 8 megapixels rear camera and also comes with near field communication technology.

When launching the tablet cum notebook, HP CEO Meg Whitman commented that Surface RT is not a laptop and it does not have a keyboard which means it lacks the suitability to function as a real business tool. Competition wise the Envy x2 will be up against two models. One is Dell’s Latitude 10 and the ThinkPad Tablet 2 both being entered at a price point of $649. The HP model is expected to be available on November 14th in the US.