HP’s first Windows 10 PC that’s powered by an ARM-based processor is now available for preorder for $999.99. It’s scheduled to ship by March 9th, and it’s one of the first “always connected PCs” that HP, Asus, and Lenovo have teamed up with Qualcomm to release over the next year or so.
The HP Envy x2 is a 2-in-1 tablet with a 12.3-inch touchscreen that has an edge-to-edge 1920 x 1280 pixel display. It looks a lot like the HP Spectre x2, which came out last year. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has 4GB of RAM and 128GB of universal flash storage. It has a Qualcomm Adreno 540 GPU. Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi are also built in. A nano SIM card reader allows access to LTE data, and the Envy also features a USB 3.1 Type-C port, microSD slot, and headphone jack. Its stereo speakers were made in partnership with Bang & Olufsen.
It has a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing selfie camera. The HP Envy x2 also has a three-microphone array and a detachable keyboard that’s backlit. The tablet runs Windows 10 S out of the box, but an upgrade to the full Windows 10 experience is free.
Its measurements and battery life seem designed for traveling, while sometimes unplugged. The HP Envy x2 is 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.27 inches and it weighs in at a portable 1.54 pounds. The battery life seems significantly long, as HP claims the tablet has up to 19 hours of life while playing full HD videos.
The price is high for a small notebook, but reasonable if HP can deliver on its battery life and connectivity promises. The Envy comes with a stylus in the box as well.