The HP Envy X2 is a Windows 8 tablet with an 11.6 inch display, an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, and a detachable keyboard base that extends the tablet’s battery life and adds extra ports.
Update: Let’s make that December…
That makes the Envy X2 one of the most expensive Intel Atom powered computers I’ve seen. To be fair, the tablet is pretty well specced, with 2GB of RAM, a 64GB SSD, an 8MP rear camera, HD camera on the front, WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC.
But you don’t get some premium features we’ve seen on other tablets such as support for a digital pen or a 1080p display. The Envy X2 has a 1366 x 768 pixel screen.
There’s a microSD card slot in the tablet portion of the computer, and the keyboard dock has 2 USB ports and an HDMI port.
One of the things setting the HP Envy X2 apart from many of the Windows 8 tablets we’ve seen recently is that HP will only sell the tablet and keyboard together. So the $850 starting price includes the keyboard.
The tablet alone weighs about 1.6 pounds. That jumps to 3.1 pounds when you add the keyboard dock, which is still pretty light for a laptop. And when the screen is docked, the X2 really does feel like a laptop.
HP uses a magnetic lock to hold the tablet in place when it’s docked, and you can even turn the computer upside down without worrying about the screen falling out.
Samsung offers a tablet with similar features — including an optional keyboard dock. But the Samsung Ativ 500T tablet has a starting price of $650 for the tablet alone, or $750 with a keyboard dock (which has no battery).
Or you can pick up an Asus VivoTab 11.6 inch tablet with an active digitizer and digital pen for $799 — but the optional keyboard dock costs extra.
So yeah, looking at the competition, I can see why HP thinks the Envy X2 is worth $850. But not offering a cheaper option (with less storage, or no keyboard) seems like a risky move.
Update: HP will also offer an optional stylus for writing and drawing on the Envy X2.