The HP ENVY x2 is a Windows 8 tablet that utilizes a convertible form factor first seen on the Android slate offering from Asus in the form of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Since Asus had launched its offering, various other slates have adopted the form factor, allowing users to either use their tablets in slate mode or dock it with an optional keyboard dock to create a laptop computing experience. The HP ENVY x2 is the latest offering, but unlike rivals, the ENVY delivers a more premium feel thanks to the company’s choice in build materials and design.
The ENVY X2 utilizes an aluminum body, both on the tablet’s construction as well as on the optional laptop dock construction. Together, the package weighs just over 3 pounds with each piece weighing 1.5 pounds. This puts the 11.6-inch tablet in the realm of ultrabook category when docked in terms of size and weight.
The tablet utilizes an 11.6-inch HD IPS display with 400-nit brightness. There metal hinge that docks the tablet into laptop form factor is magnetized, which makes it easy to guide the tablet into the latching mechanism to dock.
The tablet runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8 and will be powered by Intel’s x86 Clover Trail processor.
The tablet will also utilize NFC technology and will have an optional digitizing stylus. HP says that it is coming late 2012 and will be available in time for the holiday shopping season, though pricing was not yet disclosed. The tablet is said to have impressive battery life, though the company would not disclose specifics.