The convertible tablet format has been trendy lately, especially for Windows 8 devices. We’ve seen ASUS adopting it, Samsung too and even Lenovo and Acer tried it. Now HP does the same thing, but they have a more premium approach through the HP Envy x2 convertible slate model. Envy x2 comes with an optional keyboard dock, that turns the tablet into a laptop or ultrabook.
We get a device with a thin design, aluminum build quality (both the keyboard dock and rear of the slate), plus Beats Audio technology for improved sound experience. The device is based on the Intel x86 Clover Trail chipset, so it gives you the full Windows 8 experience and not Windows RT, the one that’s limited for ARM chipsets. HP Envy x2 packs a bright 11.6 inch HD touchscreen with IPS technology and 400 nits of brightness. It also has NFC support and has an optional digitizing pen. At the back we find an 8 megapixel camera and at the front there’s a HD quality webcam.
Separating this product from its rivals is an unique hinge, activated by magnets. Instead of requiring that extra push to fit into the locking on mechanism, we get this option of docking system with magnets. Each piece, the tablet and dock weighs 1.5 pounds and the total weight matches the one of an ultrabook. The pricing is yet unknown, but what we do know is that the product is coming towards the end of the year.