HP has announced a new hybrid dubbed Split x2 and it plans on making the tablet-notebook combo available for purchase in August. The device runs on Windows 8 and is powered by none other than the third generation Intel Core processor lineup for high performance and enhanced battery life.
The Split x2 is dressed in an attractive design. It features a soft touch coating that aims to deliver a comfortable grip and even reduce the level of fingerprint marks on the surface. Proffering a detachable form factor, users can conveniently transform the device from a notebook into a slate by unhooking the screen from its dock. A durable hinge is what keeps the upper half secured into place. In terms of dimensions, it measures 9.05 x 13.38 x 0.92 inches on a whole and weighs around 1.90ks when docked.
The convertible is basically a high-end alternative to the Envy x2 that possesses a similar design language. Instead of a dual core Atom SOC, buyers will have the option of either an i3 or i5 processor. The display size here is a bit wider at 13.3-inches, albeit the resolution (1366 x 768p) and panel technology (LED-backlit IPS) remain the same.
The lower half is equipped with a full-size keyboard and a clickpad that supports multi-touch gesture input. While the main unit packs in 128GB of mSATA storage, an optional HDD can be thrown into the base unit for higher storage needs. The same concept is applied to enhance activity life by incorporating dual batteries.
To keep users entertained, the hybrid comes with Beats Audio and a 2MP TrueVision full HD webcam. There’s also 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera, dual USB ports (2.0 + 3.0), HDMI, a microSD slot and a full-size SD card reader.
The HP Split x2 is expected to go on sale in the US during August for a starting price of $799.99. The said amount covers the detachable keyboard as well, and the company is also offering customers the Care Pack with accidental damage protection.
– Windows 8 OS
– Ivy Bridge Core i3 or i5 processor
– 13.3-inch HD IPS touchscreen
– 128GB + 500GB storage
– 2GB of SDRAM