HP to Introduce Another Tablet Laptop Hybrid, Using Windows

HP tablet laptop hybrid Split X2

“Hybrids” is a hot category in 2013. Hybrids are tablets that double as laptops or desktops. They’re still portable like a tablet, but larger than traditional tablets and are available with keyboards.  Hewlett-Packard is introducing its third tablet laptop hybrid.

HP plans release in August of a 13.3-inch tablet laptop hybrid in response to Windows — called the  Split x2 .

At about 9 x 13 inches, the device offers a 13.3 inch screen.   Obviously, it will be heavier than smaller tablets. With the keyboard it weighs under 4.85 pounds, but weighs “only” 2.3 pounds as a tablet. Still, that’s light enough to hold around with one hand.

Like many more moderen tablets, it comes with two cameras: an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 1080 pixel front-facing camera.

You can connect to WiFi. Bluetooth, MicroSD reader, USB and audio jacks make for this device ‘s diversity and value.

The Split x2 is an upgrade to the ENVY x2, HP’s first Windows tablet laptop hybrid introduced last year, reports NDTV Gadgets . The Split x2 replaces the Atom processor of the ENVY x2 with a decision of a third Generation Intel Core i3 or i5 processor. The screen is greater, too, with 1366 x 768 resolution.   The additional functionality also costs more. Cost of the brand new tablet laptop hybrid is $799.99 MSRP compared with $649.99 for the ENVY x2.

This hybrid tablet — HP calls them a “2-in-1″ — comes out of the HP Consumer products group, but we’ve noticed that hybrids are inclined to get a re-examination from business users. Professionals want the mobility and fun of a tablet but really want a keyboard to make the device functional for work purposes. Also, Windows 8 systems hold special appeal for business users who might have to work on PowerPoint, Excel or Word files. That may be difficult if not impossible on a conventional touch tablet using a non-Windows operating system.

“What we’ve done this time is take that whole x2 approach and adapted it to something that offers you much more performance and more capability,” said David Conrad, Director of Product Management at Hewlett-Packard in a video in regards to the new device.

“But then we’ve also added a different thing, that is storage,” he said.

The earlier ENVY x2 offered 128 GB of solid state drive storage inside the tablet. The Split x2 includes that memory plus another 500 GB of hard disk storage inside the keyboard dock, said Conrad.

HP also recently introduced a ten.1″ Android hybrid, the SlateBook x2, priced to rival the iPad. Other brands have introduced tablet and laptop/desktop combinations to the market, too.

After some struggles lately, HP, among the largest computer companies, has experienced a bit a turnaround with sales higher than expected within the second quarter of 2013.

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