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.

HP Split x2

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.


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7 replies on “HP Split x2: 13 inch Windows 8 notebook with detachable tablet”

  1. Too bad it has a piece of crap 1366×768 display. What idiot designed the specs for this?

    1366 x 768? Really?

  2. I like the form factor, but I’m not a fan (no pun) of squeezing a core i CPU into such a small space. Too much heat.

    One problem this form factor poses is the instability of having heavy components (batteries etc) in the screen half, and not in the keyboard half, which makes it top heavy and tippy. The fact that this x2 has batteries and a HDD in the keyboard half might help with that.

    1. Cooling is better these days with distributed fan exhaust, like the Surface Pro uses, and this is a 13.3″ and so not so small that it would heat up too much… Would mainly be a problem for smaller systems… unless it’s badly designed…

      However, with Haswell so close to release it’s probably a good bet most people would just wait for the updated version… Especially, since Haswell will both run cooler and provide better battery life.

      1. Thanks. I hope so. But Ivy Bridge was supposed to run cooler than Sandy Bridge and I’m not sure it does. Haswell is the same 22nm, so I’m not convinced.

        1. Well, Haswell is different because it’s an actual architectural advancement.

          Intel basically follows a Tic-Toc two year cycle where they provide a small advancement with a move to a improved FAB, like going 22nm… and then followed the next year, after perfecting the FAB, with a architectural advancement that usually provides a more noticeable improvement…

          This is the case here with Haswell, unlike Ivy Bridge Intel is making real changes to the architecture.

          Like putting an on die voltage regulator, which along with the other advance power management methods they already showed work on the ATOM SoCs (allowed them to actually compete with ARM power efficiency), should provide a pretty decent boost in power efficiency.

          Mind also that Intel is pushing down the minimum TDP part they’ll be releasing… So 17W is no longer the lowest we’ll see…

  3. Can we also have a Kabini/Temash version to keep the price down, as opposed to these expensive Core i series chip. From my perspective we are going to see a lot of these hybrids from every manufacturer using a variety of chips but we are going to have to see about specs vs prices with screen quality being one of the more important ones to watch out for! This is where the laptop is going and with W/8.1 just around the corner it think it’s all good!

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