HP prices convertible Envy x2 tablet at $849.99

Remember that convertible Windows 8 tablet HP announced back in August? It’s definitely a slick-looking little machine, with a 11.6" touch-screen, a 1.8GHz Clover Trail Atom processor, and a detachable keyboard that connects via a "seamless magnetic latch."

HP has now made pricing public, and it turns out the Envy x2 isn’t gonna be cheap. Prices will start at no less than $849.99 when the x2 becomes available on November 14.

That’s surprisingly steep for a device that doesn’t have ultrabook guts, features only a 1366×768 display resolution, and comes with only 64GB of solid-state storage. Perhaps the Envy x2’s saving grace may be the fact that the detachable tablet-like component weighs in at only 1.5 lbs—not much heavier than the new, fourth-gen iPad, which tips the scales at 1.44 lbs. This is quite a thin system, too. HP doesn’t seem to quote the thickness for the tablet component on its own, but when docked, the whole system measures only 0.76" at its thickest point. Judging by the side view, the keyboard part is a little thicker than the tablet part.

HP also offers a few other nice touches, like a 1080p webcam, an 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC connectivity, and an optional stylus.

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    • link626
    • 7 years ago

    priced themselves out of the market.

    Boy, remember when Atom netbooks were just $200 or less?
    A touch screen is, at most, worth $100 more.

    now Atoms are priced at $850.

    WTF happened? who are they kidding?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 7 years ago

    made the mistake of getting an atom processor to get effecient windows x86 on the go before. never again. I’d rather get a dumbed down core processor and have a bigger battery requirement.

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    And this Atom is what, about 1/3 the speed of a moderate Core2 Duo? Isn’t this going to run fairly sluggish on anything that tasks the CPU?

    • mcnabney
    • 7 years ago

    $850 for a $350 netbook. iSupply is going to peg the cost of this at around $250.

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]HP also offers a few other nice touches, like a 1080p webcam, an 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC connectivity, and an optional stylus.[/quote<] But hey, at least that price includes an [i<]optional[/i<] stylus.

      • Chrispy_
      • 7 years ago

      I think you’re about right there.

      I’d hazard a guess at around $200 for the iSuppli BOM on the tablet component and probably under $100 for the BOM on the dock.

    • Chrispy_
    • 7 years ago

    [i<]Starting[/i<] at $849?! Balmer's "The sweet spot for Windows 8 tablets is going to be $300 to $700" is becoming about as silly as the infamous "640K ought to be enough for anyone" HELLO MANUFACTURERS, WE ARE NOT STUPID AND UNLESS YOU'RE INTENTIONALLY IGNORING THE "ULTRABOOK" FLOP, OVERPRICED AND UNDERPOWERED PRODUCTS DON'T HAVE GOOD SALES RECORDS. Thank you very much.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      Now, underpowered and underpriced is okay.

    • satchmobob
    • 7 years ago

    But look at all the happy, popular people on the screen! I gotta have one now ‘cos I’ll just be permanently ecstatic knowing I have an $850 netbook that falls in half.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      I am just happy that Blondes, Asians, and likely Latinos now get along while taking tickle-yoga to the next level.

    • Scrotos
    • 7 years ago

    Good name! People seeing you with this will [b<][i<]envy[/i<][/b<] your ability to blow $850 on a goofy tablet thing!

    • maxxcool
    • 7 years ago

    Holy shriveling jewelbag batman! 900$!??!

    • dpaus
    • 7 years ago

    When has HP [i<][b<]ever[/i<][/b<] sold anything at full retail price???

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      at future shop?

        • dpaus
        • 7 years ago

        When has anyone [i<][b<]ever[/i<][/b<] bought anything at Future Shop???

          • no51
          • 7 years ago

          Maybe someone will, in the future.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          I’ve seen people going in there before.

            • indeego
            • 7 years ago

            Was my first job out of college. I quit after a day. I don’t think FS lasted in the states much longer, due to their loss of my sales skillz.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            I didn’t know they were in the states.

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            But they didn’t come out?!?!

            SOYLENT FUTURE SHOP – IT’S MADE OF PEOPLE!

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    thats once expensive $400 keyboard! might as well just get a normal tablet and add a BT keyboard/touchpad. then again arn’t ultrabooks cheaper and 100x the horsepower?

    i smell something burning…could be a firesale, hahahaha!

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 7 years ago

    Seeing as they call it the X2, they should just give you two of them for that price.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      They sorta do. You get two halves for the price of two.

        • shank15217
        • 7 years ago

        so they really give you 1/2 for the price of 1

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 7 years ago

    For that price I want an i3 and 1080p screen please. Doesn’t hurt to dream does it?

      • SsP45
      • 7 years ago

      Acer’s Iconia W700 is pretty close to that (i5 and a 1080p screen for $850). It’s more of a desktop replacement though, as it comes with a desktop dock and bluetooth keyboard rather than the bottom half of a laptop.

        • mcnabney
        • 7 years ago

        And it comes with legendary Acer “reliability”.

      • xii
      • 7 years ago

      Only when you wake up, my son. Only when you wake up.

    • Walkintarget
    • 7 years ago

    It’s HP !! Did we honestly expect anything other than a steep price ??

    Queue firesale countdown … this will nicely complement my $149 Touchpad !

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      This actually isn’t that bad, considering the prices MS is charging for its own branded tablets, and this includes a (possibly) nice keyboard dock (something like an extra $150 for the “Type Cover” for MS Surface). If I was in the market for a Windows RT tablet, this would definitely get a look.

      (Disclaimer: I’m currently typing this post on my Envy 15 to which I have an inappropriate level of attachment.)

      • chuckula
      • 7 years ago

      Yeah, once they dump these at a 60-70% discount they’ll actually be a really good deal, but not at a price point anywhere near $800.

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<] the detachable tablet-like component weighs in at only 1.5 lbs—not much heavier than the new, fourth-gen iPad, which tips the scales at 1.44 lbs. [/quote<] For those of us who don't have an iPad for weight comparison, that's the same as ~34 unladen European swallows, or 32.5 South African swallows. Its also roughly half the weight of 2 South African swallows carrying a coconut, so pretty light indeed. Chalking up another TR Apple reference...

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      Making comparisons to the 800 pound gorilla in the tablet space makes sense since that’s purportedly the target.

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      I didn’t know that!

      Aaaarrrrggggghhhhhhh…………………

    • brucethemoose
    • 7 years ago

    Double post

    • jdaven
    • 7 years ago

    I will never spend 850 dollars on anything with Atom and full blown windows in it.

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i’d ditch the atom for sure. too much money. I honestly don’t know what these guys are smoking.

        • xii
        • 7 years ago

        Whatever they’re smoking, it’s probably expensive.

          • ludi
          • 7 years ago

          Excess printer SKUs, probably. Whitman’s got to get rid of them somehow.

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