TAIPEI: MICROSOFT SHOWED some new products from its OEM partners on stage during its keynote at Computex on Wednesday, including the HP Pro X2 which has since been officially announced by the firm.
During a rather long and uninspiring press conference revisiting the last year in announcements from the firm - including Windows 8.1, Windows Phone Update and Cortana - instead of revealing fresh software updates like we would have preferred, Microsoft VP of OEM partners Nick Parker showed off two "never-before-seen" Windows 8.1 devices.
The first of these was the HP Pro X2 612, a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet that Parker said "has been designed from the ground up for business". It boasts a 12.5in screen with full HD resolution and will be powered by either an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 fourth-generation Haswell chip.
Since Parker showed off the device on stage HP has officially announced some more detailed specs, stating how its the company's "first commercial detachable PC" and includes HP Client Security software to help defend it against cyber threats.
The HP Pro X2's form factor consists of a tablet that docks into a full size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery, and features VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports.
"Customers can enjoy the freedom provided by dual batteries - one in the tablet and one in the power keyboard that provide 8 hours and 15 minutes for the tablet and up to 14 hours and 15 minutes with tablet and keyboard combined,"HP said.
It also comes with a stylus that is housed in the side for more accurate input. The HP Pro X2 was on the Computex exhibition floor so be sure to chekc back soon for a hands-on review.
When announcing the Pro X2, HP also took the oppurtunity to announce the Elite 700 series, a rugged "precision-engineered" PC aimed at SMB customers.
The HP Elite 700 series will be powered by either an AMD A-Series Pro APU with HSA technology or Intel's fourth generation Haswell Core i3 or i5 processors,HP said. It will also ship with security features like HP Client Security with HP Sure Start.
Joining the HP's hybrid machine on stage on Wednesday was a 7in Windows 8.1 Toshiba tablet. Parker didn't quote as many detailed specifications for this device and, demonstrating his extensive product knowledge, continued to tell the audience more than once how "nice" its champagne gold finish was. He did say that the price will be competitive with other 7in devices on the market, though.
As with the HP Pro X2, we'll be hunting for the Toshiba tablet on the Computex show floor tomorrow for a hands-on review. µ
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