HP announces three new touch-enabled Windows 8 devices

HP today has taken the wraps off three upcoming Windows 8 touch-enabled products, two of which are ultrabooks and the third is a laptop/tablet hybrid. All three devices run Windows 8 as opposed to Windows RT, as they are all Intel-based machines.

The first is the HP Envy X2, which features an 11.6-inch tablet that detaches from a keyboard base in a similar fashion to ASUS' Transformer line. Unlike the Transformers though, this device packs an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor, either a 32 or 64 GB SSD, 11.6-inch IPS panel at 1366 x 768, 8-megapixel rear camera plus 720p front shooter, and NFC for easy sharing. The tablet itself is 8.5mm thin and weighs in at 680 grams (1.5 lb), which blows out to 1.4 kg (3.1 lb) with the keyboard attached.

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook is the only device announced today that has a listed price, starting at $1,399. This base model gives you a 15.6-inch 1080p capacitive-touch IPS display; an Intel Ivy Bridge processor; 500 GB hard drive with 32 GB of flash cache (upgradable to a 128 or 256 GB SSD); Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and HDMI ports; and an aluminium body that's just 17.9mm thin for an overall weight of 2.16 kg (4.77 lb).

The other ultrabook announced today is the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, which is similar to the above machine specs-wise, although it can be upgraded to include a discrete AMD graphics card with 2 GB of VRAM. The touch-enabled panel is 14-inches at 1366 x 768 (shame no 1080p), and the body is a bit thicker (23mm) for the same weight. No price has been announced for this machine yet.

HP has confirmed that the Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook will be available in December, but the release dates and pricing for the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 and Envy X2 remain unknown.

Source: Engadget (1) (2) | Ars Technica | Images via Ars Technica, HP

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17 Comments

a1ien said,
I like the form factor - but I'll get one of these only when they get retina-quality displays.
you'll be waiting a long time

PmRd said,

What else can you tell us about the future?

Market demand for "retina" notebook-sized displays is low, and the displays are hideously expensive. And with two of the machines above having 1366 x 768 displays it seems HP isn't in any hurry to push the envelope in terms of screen resolution. Tell us what you know about the future if you disagree.

a1ien said,
I like the form factor - but I'll get one of these only when they get retina-quality displays.

Retina quality screens? Really? They have no purpose with computers. Even on a 15 inch computer it is incredibly difficult to distinguish the pixels at 1366x768 at normal viewing range. LET ALONE 1920x1080!

On my 14' laptop can notice the pixels when using on my lap/desk. Now I have experience iphone 4s screen it's something that I notice more. People often use a tablet pc closer to their face and it becomes even more apparent of the difference.

ingramator said,

Retina quality screens? Really? They have no purpose with computers. Even on a 15 inch computer it is incredibly difficult to distinguish the pixels at 1366x768 at normal viewing range. LET ALONE 1920x1080!


about 1366x768 on 15" is a bit of a stretch, 1440x900 on my old 14" tablet PC still have noticeable pixels, but fullHD 1980x1080 is more than enough for screens up to 16".

Nashy said,
All these companies look to be gearing these things up for full blown laptop pricing. Sigh.

It is a full blown laptop...

Nashy said,
All these companies look to be gearing these things up for full blown laptop pricing. Sigh.
Why wouldn't they be? These aren't WinRT tablets.

Nashy said,

I want these companies to release a tablet. Like the Surface.

These compete with the Surface Pro, expect it to have a similar price tag.

Samsung and ASUS have both shown Windows RT tablets, though I don't think the pricing has been revealed.

mrp04 said,

These compete with the Surface Pro, expect it to have a similar price tag.

Samsung and ASUS have both shown Windows RT tablets, though I don't think the pricing has been revealed.

No it hasn't, no Windows RT tablets have a price tag yet. I think the OEMs are waiting for MS to price the Surface before they price their own devices.

As long as the top part is made of a metal and glass this might just be the best example yet. Just a shame on the screen resolution being a tad low.

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