Yesterday Microsoft has announced its new Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book, but the company also said that it’s excited about the many other Windows 10 devices that its partners are going to announce.
And it seems that HP wants to be the first OEM after Microsoft that comes with brand new Windows 10 devices. The company has announced the new HP Spectre x2 hybrid, the new HP Spectre x360 clamshell laptop, the updated 13-inch HP Envy, HP Envy Curved All-In-One and the 8-inch HP Envy Note 8 tablet.
HP Spectre x2
HP’s new Windows 10 hybrid is a direct competitor to Microsoft’s Surface line, and it brings plenty of features inside that make it a worthy rival. The HP Spectre x2 starts at US$800, landing on November 8. Here are the main specs and features of the device:
- 12-inch IPS panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
- Intel Core M processor, 8 GB of RAM
- 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB SSD storage
- Two USB Type-C ports along with an adapter in the box for backwards compatibility with older USB devices
- Four Bang and Olufsen speakers: two on the tablet and two on the keyboard
- Backlighting behind the keys
- Battery life of 10 hours per charge
- 1.8 pounds weight (or 2.7 pounds with the keyboard attached)
- Intel RealSense 3D camera on the back
The keyboard measures 5 mm (0.2 in), has plenty of room between keys and comes with an expansive trackpad, as well. There’s 1.5 mm of travel on the keys, and a split design, with fabric base and aluminum top. While there’s no stylus included in the box, you can use third party devices such as Wacom’s products.
The Spectre x2 doesn’t run an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, which means it can’t compete with Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. However, it does look to be very well built and might prove to be a great choice for buyers with less money and who don’t necessarily need more power.
HP Envy Note 8
The new HP Envy Note 8 is a slightly unusual device, as it can be bundled with a keyboard dock which is way bigger than the tablet itself. The keyboard is called the Envy Note Keyboard Folio, is about 10 inches and it comes with a wide trackpad on the bottom, as well. It comes with 1.5mm of key travel, and you can also attach a stylus to its side, included with the tablet. Here are the rest of its specs and features:
- Intel Atom x5-Z8300with Intel HD Graphics, clocking from 1.44 GHz up to 1.84 GHz in turbo mode
- Up to 6.25 hours of battery life
- 8-inch 1080p full high-definition layered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- High speed LTE module
- 5 mega pixel Autofocus rear-facing camera and a 2 mega pixel front-facing camera
- Audio by B&O Play
- micro SIM card slot, micro SD card reader, micro USB 2.0 OTG port for charging and connecting accessories
The HP ENVY 8 Note is will be available in the United States on HP’s website and select retailers on November 8, 2015 with a starting price for the tablet and stylus of $329. You can also buy the tablet with the keyboard bundled for a price of $429.
These two new products are HP’s devices that stand out, but the company has released some other ones and also updated a few, as follows:
- The HP Spectre x360 has been updated a new Intel sixth-generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors, and its pricing will start at $1,299 in the US and be available November 8.
- HP Envy is a the thinnest notebook HP has ever made. The clamshell laptop weighs 2.8 pounds and is 13mm thick, and it gets the Intel Core i-series processors, as well. The new HP Envy will start at $849 in the US and be available October 18.
- HP Envy Curved All-In-One is a new all-in-one PC with a large 34-inch curved screen. The screen has a resolution of 2,880×1,620 pixels, and comes with the new sixth-generation Intel Core i-series processors, plus optional Nvidia 960 graphics. The noncurved 24-inch and 27-inch all-in-one Envy models have optional AMD Radeon R9 discrete graphics. The 34-inch HP Envy Curved will start at $1,799 in the US and will be available on November 8.