HP is expanding its x2 line of tablet/notebook hybrids. Earlier this year the company launched the HP Envy x2 Windows 8 convertible with an 11.6 inch display and an Intel Atom Clover Trail processor. Now HP is adding a larger, more powerful Windows model to the lineup, as well as a cheaper Android convertible.
The new Windows model is the HP Split x2, a notebook with a 13 inch display that you can use as a standalone tablet by detaching it from the keyboard base.
The HP Split x2 has a 13.3 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 2GB to 8GB of RAM, and a starting price of $799.99.
It’s expected to go on sale in August.
The tablet portion of the HP Split x2 functions as the brains of the system. That’s where you’ll find the processor and solid state storage. Windows 8 is installed on the tablet, so you can use the operating system whether the keyboard is docked or not. There’s also a microSD card slot in the tablet for extra storage
On the front of the tablet there’s a 1080p HD camera, and there’s an 8MP camera on the back.
When you do connect the keyboard based you get a full-sized QWERTY keyboard and touchpad, an extra battery which should offer longer run time, and a hard drive for up to 500GB of extra storage.
The notebook measures 13.4″ x 9″ x 0.9″ and weighs about 4 pounds.
For about $150 more than the starting price of the HP Envy x2, the Split x2 gives you a much more powerful device. But it also comes in a larger package, which may be good for laptop use, but a bit awkward when you want to hold the tablet in your hands.