HP finally joins the bandwagon of convertible tablet/laptop with its Envy x2 equipped with Windows 8 and multi-touch capabilities, expected to launch at the end of the year.
The HP Envy x2 is an 11.6-inch multi-touch device with a 1,366 x 768 resolution which runs an Atom CPU within, but the former is a 400nits IPS panel for brightness, and it also packs NFC, an 8 megapixel camera, and an optional stylus for those who like to draw or write.
Weighing 680g undocked with a 1.4kg keyboard attached to it, the Windows 8 platform will enable the Envy x2 to run both Live Tile-based, touch-focused Modern UI with mobile applications and a classic Windows desktop capable of running legacy software.
The HP Envy x2 includes a secondary battery into its keyboard base, giving it up to 14 hours of battery life. On the flipside, the tablet includes only a MicroSD card slot implying a not-so-great connectivity. But the dock adds two full-size USB ports and a full-size HDMI and SD card slot. The notebook uses solid state memory to improve reliability and start-up times.
Other features of the device include Beats audio enhancements and a fetching metal finish. It will be interesting to see how this convertible fares against the likes of Dell and Samsung. The release date and the pricing details are yet to be disclosed.
The Silicon Valley giant had promised in the beginning of this year to deliver business-oriented tablet this year. It is gearing up to release a host of notebooks, desktops, and tablets before the end of 2012.