HP buys big into Windows 8 touch devices

HP logoHP is buying big into the Windows 8 touch notebook concept, as demonstrated by three models announced Thursday. One tablet-hybrid model and two notebooks will debut in time for the holiday season, combining the traditional keyboard and touchpad laptop interactions with the Metro-optimized Windows 8 touchscreen.

The HP Envy X2 is the most intriguing of the models, with an 11.6-inch tablet that detaches from a notebook-like keyboard base. The Envy X2 has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 720p front-facing camera, and a 64GB solid-state drive contained in the tablet half of the body. The IPS tablet screen weighs 1.5 pounds, and the tablet and keyboard base weigh a total of 3.1 pounds. The tablet is also NFC-enabled, which allows users to "share content, including photos, contacts and URLs with a simple tap."

HP Envy X2

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, at 17.9 millimeters thick and weighing 4.77 pounds is a more conventional notebook, that follows in the steps of the Envy Spectre we tested at CES 2012, though with a fully Metro-capable touch screen. Ports on the model include Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and HDMI. The base model is priced at $1,399, though it includes only a 500GB hard drive with 32GB of flash cache—options with a 128GB or 256GB solid-state drive cost extra.

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook

A more graphics-intensive Ultrabook, the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, has an option to include a discrete AMD graphics card with up to 2GB of memory. The model has a 14-inch touch screen, measures 23 millimeters thick, and weighs 4.77 pounds, like the 15-inch Ultrabook above, though it clocks 8 hours of battery life. Like the 15-inch TouchSmart Ultrabook, the 14-inch version will have the option to use either an HDD with flash cache (500GB storage) or an SSD (128GB).

HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

All three notebooks are expected to be available in the US for the holidays, and only the 15-inch TouchSmart Ultrabook has an announced starting price point of $1,399.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: HP, notebooks, Windows 8

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