HP unveils hybrid 11.6” Windows 8 tablet

We learned a couple of months back that HP has no plans for ARM-powered Windows RT tablets—at least not yet. The firm still intends to deliver tablets based on Microsoft’s next-gen operating system, though. Case in point: the new HP Envy x2, a freshly announced hybrid tablet not unlike Asus’ popular Transformers, but with an 11.6″ display and x86 guts.

The Envy x2 features a “seamless magnetic latch” that lets the user detach the display from the keyboard and touchpad. That display has a fairly pedestrian 1366×768 resolution, but HP has used IPS panel technology, so color reproduction and viewing angles should be good—potentially in the same league as Apple’s iPad and competing 10″ tablets.

Oddly, HP neglects to specify what processor powers the device, both in its official announcement and on the official product page, which mysteriously went offline after we saw it last night. The folks at PC World report that the device is based on Intel’s upcoming Clover Trail Atom processor, though.

The HP Envy x2 also features up to 64GB of solid-state storage, a 1080p front-facing camera, and an eight-megapixel rear camera. The removable tablet component weighs 1.5 lbs by itself, and when joined with its keyboard, the device tips the scales at 3.11 lbs. HP quotes a thickness of 0.66-0.76″.

The Envy x2 is “expected to be available in the United States for the holidays,” says HP. Pricing will be announced “at a later date.” (That product page we saw also teased, “In stores October, 2012,” but since it’s now offline, I don’t know how reliable that information is.)

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    • mutarasector
    • 7 years ago

    Interesting, but I suspect it’s a little too little and too late for HP. Asus has the transformer thing down pat (and then some with their AIO and TaiChi models coming up), and Sony appears to have some interesting x86 based ‘tabletry’ in the works:

    [url<]http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/47164/sony-unveils-two-vaio-products[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    Uh oh! There’ll be trouble ahead:

    For a start,”wedge shape” detected in image 2.
    Secondly, screen is (OMG, shocker!) rectangular, with rounded corners.
    Finally, QWERTY keyboard is used. Wait, the USPTO turned down that application from Apple, right?

      • Wirko
      • 7 years ago

      You forgot that ray pattern on the trackpad (if it’s really there). It’s identical to the iCloud icon, minus the cloud.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]...a 1080p front-facing camera...[/quote<] after stating [quote<]display has a fairly pedestrian 1366x768 resolution[/quote<]? My head hurts.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      It’s also got an 8MP rear camera. Were you expecting a 4K resolution display?

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      It’s so you can Skype with people who aren’t as much of a cheapskate as you are.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    I’ll pick one up when it’s $99 a month after launch 🙂

      • jpostel
      • 7 years ago

      As an owner of a couple of HP/Palm TouchPads, I declare that you get the gold medal for that one.

    • yogibbear
    • 7 years ago

    That looks like an iPad… I’d sue for THAT. SUCH A DISGRACE! HOW DARE YOU MOCK THY APPLE GODS! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    HP’s consumer products suck. End of story, roll the credits.

    • ub3r
    • 7 years ago

    [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpZhZAr1cQU&feature=g-all-f[/url<]

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      Why do I click on every youtube link I see..?

      WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?!?

        • no51
        • 7 years ago

        [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-IrlhLF1c3k[/url<]

          • NeelyCam
          • 7 years ago

          You suck.

          A) [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEjvbKDI5bI[/url<] B) [url<]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2X6Iwlc1PY[/url<] I call one one of those 'multiple head shots'

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          MUST HAVE

    • scrummage55
    • 7 years ago
    • pcgeek86
    • 7 years ago

    Really? 1366×768? REALLY?

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      The Atom CPU suggests that this is an entry-level device, so 1366×768 is, um, expected.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      For non-iPad 3 tablets that’s an average resolution, comparable to 1280×800. It’s a bit larger than 10″ tablets but the resolution is reasonable for the screen size. Could be better but oh well…at least it’s IPS.

        • mcnabney
        • 7 years ago

        Tablets priced over $500 have pretty much all gone 1080p or higher (thanks Apple, for raising the resolution. I knew you were good for something). Since it is an 11.6″ screen, it is going to look decidedly iPad 1 or 2ish. Hell, the Nexus 7 has about 3x the dpi and more actual pixels for a tiny price.

      • tbone8ty
      • 7 years ago

      Yah but it uses IPS instead of TN

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