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HP launches Surface competitor and dockable 8-inch tablet

By Scorpus
Oct 7, 2015
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  1. HP has today announced a brand new dockable tablet, known as the Spectre x2, that's set to take on Microsoft's recently-announced Surface Pro 4 in the ever-crowding laptop-tablet hybrid market.

    The Spectre x2, like the Surface Pro 4, comes with an adjustable kickstand that allows you to position the thin tablet as you'd like. The device attaches to a Type Cover-like keyboard dock that features chiclet keys, a large trackpad and a metal frame on one side, and a fabric backing on the other.

    Powered by one of Intel's 'Skylake' Core M processors, the Spectre x2 isn't going to be the most powerful tablet hybrid going around, but at just $799 for the base model, it's priced appropriately below the Surface Pro 4. Other specs include 4 or 8 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB of solid state storage, an SD card reader, two USB Type-C ports, Verizon LTE support, and an Intel 3D RealSense camera.

    Display wise, the Spectre x2 comes with a 12-inch 1920 x 1280 display, which gives it the same 3:2 aspect ratio as the Surface. The tablet goes on sale on November 8th for those who are interested.

    HP also announced today, among other devices, the Envy Note 8, an 8-inch tablet that can be docked into a decently-sized 10-inch keyboard. While the keyboard dock is a fair bit larger than the tablet itself, it offers 1.5mm of travel from its chiclet keys, and there's an accompanying stylus that can be used for annotations on the go.

    The Envy Note 8 features a 1920 x 1200 display, an Intel Atom x5 SoC on the inside, and fairly mediocre cameras on the front and back (2- and 5-megapixels respectively). The tablet supports Verizon LTE, has a microSD card slot, and is reportedly up for 6 hours of battery life.

    The standalone Envy Note 8 will go on sale on November 8th for $329, but if you want the keyboard dock you'll have to spend a bit more cash as it will come in a pricier $429 model.

    Alongside the Spectre x2 and Envy Note 8, HP has also announced a Skylake refresh of their Spectre x360 convertible laptop, which will go on sale starting at $1,299 next month. There's also a refreshed Envy Notebook, which still features a 13-inch display, but now comes with a Skylake CPU for $899.

    Images courtesy of Engadget

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