HP continues to follow in Surface's footsteps with the Spectre x2

It appears that the design of Microsoft's Surface is attracting virtually every technology company out there, with Apple unveiling its iPad Pro, Google with its Pixel C, and many other PC-makers releasing similar variations on the theme. It's been rumored that even Dell may come out with a Windows 10 hybrid, mimicking Microsoft's device.

HP released a Surface-like machine last year - the Envy x2 - and it seems that the form factor was well-received by the public, given that the company has now unveiled a similar 2-in-1 once again. Today, HP has announced the Spectre x2, which features a design, yet again, similar to the Surface tablets.

While their form factor may be alike in many ways, the devices are very different under the hood. The Spectre x2 has the following specifications:

  • Display: 12-inch Full HD touch-screen, detachable.
  • Weight: 1.85 pounds, 2.69 pounds with keyboard (included).
  • Thickness: 8mm thick.
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel® Core™ m3, m5, m7.
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB.
  • Storage capacity: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB SSD.
  • Battery: 42-watt hour, 10 hour battery life.
  • Camera: HP Truevision HD 8MP rear, HP Truevision FHD 5MP front, Intel® RealSense™ Camera R200.
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, two USB Type-C connectors.
  • Accessories: USB-Type-C to USB Type-A adapter, HP Active Pen (optional).
  • OS: Windows 10.

The detachable keyboard is 1.5mm thick with a 120 x 55 millimeter touchpad, which the company touts for its precision. The keyboard attaches and detaches via a magnetic connector depending on how you want to use the device.

The Spectre x2 also incorporates a U-shaped kickstand, allowing users to recline the display up to 150 degrees. The HP Active Pen can be used to further enhance precision on the 12-inch display.

As can be seen, HP's 2-in-1 device is low-specced compared to the current-gen Surface Pro 4, with relatively low-powered processors, lesser storage capacity, and an inferior display. However, given that it is priced at $800, it will be interesting to see how it stacks up against the competition. Details regarding availability in different regions haven't been released yet.

Source and images: HP

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