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The tablet portion of the Envy x2 weighs 1.5 pounds, about the same as Microsoft's Windows RT-based Surface tablet, and half a pound lighter than its full Windows 8 Pro version. HP said the new device will come with Near Field Communication technology to let users easily share content such as photos and contacts, along with a new HP app called Connected Photo that can synch photos across multiple devices.
Cognizant of the competition the Envy x2 will face from the mass of other Windows 8-based devices set to launch this year, and, of course, the uphill battle it will fight against iOS and Android, HP has said it will arm its channel partners with a 60-day financing program for tablets and other devices under a newly launched partner program. Microsoft, for its part, does not plan to sell Surface through the channel.
Pricing details for Microsoft Surface or HP's Envy x2 have not been disclosed.
HP also debuted Thursday two new Windows 8-based Ultrabooks, the 15.6-inch Spectre TouchSmart and the 14-inch Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, both of which are touch-enabled.
The new Spectre TouchSmart is the first notebook from HP to include Intel's Thunderbolt USB technology, which allows for the faster transfer of data, music and other content to external devices. It weighs 4.77 pounds, measures 0.7 inches thick and runs on Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. HP said the Spectre TouchSmart will be available starting in December for $1,399.
A price has not been confirmed for the Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, but its specs are similar to that of the Spectre. It weighs in at 4.77 pounds and is a slightly thicker 0.9 inches. HP said it gets up to eight hours of battery life -- a spec that wasn't disclosed for either the Spectre of the Envy x2 convertible tablet -- and comes with an optional AMD graphics card with 2 GB of graphics memory.
The TouchSmart Ultrabook also runs on Intel's latest Ivy Bridge Core processors, and it is expected to be readily available in time for the holiday season.
PUBLISHED AUG. 30, 2012
This story was updated on Sept. 5, 2012, at 12:25 p.m. PST, in order to make the correction that the TouchPad ran HP's homegrown operating system WebOS and not Google's Android OS.
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