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HP announces first Windows 8 laptops and Envy x2 hybrid tablet

Unveils a trio of touch-enabled devices
Thu Aug 30 2012, 12:39
HP Envy x2 Windows 8 hybrid tablet

SELLER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INKHP has announced its first touchscreen PCs designed for Windows 8, including a hybrid tablet and two ultrabooks.

Heading up the new systems is the HP Envy x2, an ultraportable laptop with an 11.6in screen that detaches from the keyboard to become a separate tablet device in a similar fashion to models such as the Asus Transformer line.

Few details about the device have been revealed, but it is said to be based on an Intel Atom chip, weigh 1.4kg in its docked configuration and have SSD storage instead of a hard drive.

The HP Spectre XT Touchsmart is an ultrabook with a 15.6in multi-touch screen, and is also HP's first laptop to sport the high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology for external storage devices and other applications.

Weighing just over 2kg, the XT Touchsmart is just 17.9mm thick and features an all-metal design with edge-to-edge glass. It too has an SSD for storage and it boasts a Beats Audio sound system.

This model is expected to be available from late November with a starting price of £1,199.

Meanwhile, the HP Envy Touchsmart Ultrabook 4 ships in a slightly smaller 14in format, weighs about 2kg and is 23mm thick.

Like the other systems announced, it is based on the latest Intel processors, but can be configured with an optional AMD graphics adapter with 2GB of video memory.

The TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is also expected to be available from late November, priced at £899. µ


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