HP is adding a new 2-in-1 system to its line of business notebooks and tablets. The HP Pro x2 612 is a 12.5 inch Windows tablet with an Intel Haswell processor… and it’s also available with a keyboard dock that lets you use the system as a notebook.
The HP Pro x2 612 features an Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processor, a 12.5 inch, HD or full HD display, a Wacom digitizer and pen — and a slot that lets you store the pen in the display. The 2-in-1 notebook also has separate batteries in the tablet and notebook sections, offering up to 14 hours of total battery life if you opt for the Power Keyboard.
HP will actually offer several different keyboard models. The Power Keyboard has backlit keys and a spill-resistant surface and it features a VGA port, Ethernet jack, and DisplayPort as well as 2 USB 3.0 ports and a connector for an enterprise docking station. There’s also a full-sized SD card reader in the Power Keyboard.
There’s also a travel keyboard with a USB 3.0 port, audio jack, and backlit keys… but no extra battery. The travel keyboard acts as a case for the tablet and has a kickstand.
Other features that make this a business machine are features including a Smart Card Reader, TPM, and optional fingerprint reader as well as support for 3G or 4G LTE features.
The tablet has a USB 3.0 port and microSD card reader, and a microSIM card reader for models with cellular features. There are HD cameras on the front and back of the tablet. You should be able to get up to 8 hours of battery life with the tablet alone.
HP will ship the tablet with Windows 8.1, but business customers that would prefer Windows 7 can opt for that as well.
HP chose the 12.5 inch screen size for the same reason Microsoft did with its Surface Pro 3 tablet — it’s big enough to use as a laptop replacement whether or not you opt for a keyboard dock. The difference is that HP’s tablet has a widescreen display instead of the 3:2 aspect ratio that you get with the Surface Pro 3.
HP says unlike the Surface Pro 3 though, its tablet was made specifically for mobile business professionals working with a lot of data. They need something that provides notebook-like functionality on the go with more ports than you’d get on a Surface Pro 3, security options, and a more traditional keyboard — not to mention a place to store the digital pen when you’re not using it.
The HP Pro x2 612 will be available in September, with pricing to be announced closer to the launch date.