IFA 2012 | HP announces two Ultrabooks and a new tablet
The 2012 “Internationale Funkausstellung” or IFA trade show is now underway in Berlin and companies from around the globe are enthusiastically showing off their newest products. One of those companies, the US-based electronics manufacturer Hewlett-Packard, has announced today a new tablet and two Ultrabooks.
HP Envy x2
Described by HP as “powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one”, the Envy x2 features a full aluminium QWERTY keyboard that can be attached to the screen via a magnetic latch. The tablet-slash-laptop is driven by an Intel x86 central processing unit and comes with an 11.6-inch multitouch-enabled (10 points) display. In addition, the 400-nit IPS panel reportedly has a native resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels.
The Envy x2 is apparently equipped with 2GB of RAM, a 64GB Solid-State Drive and dual cameras (an HD front-facing webcam and 8MP rear-facing shooter). Connectivity-wise, users are provided with two USB ports, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an HDMI output, micro SD/SDXC media card reader and support for NFC (Near Field Communication).
The portable device weighs 3.1lbs (or 1.5lbs when separated from the keyboard), offers “all-day” battery life and will be available in the US for the holidays. Unfortunately, there’s still no word on pricing.
SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook
This 17.9mm (0.70-in) thick ultraportable notebook reportedly has an all-metal design and features edge-to-edge glass, a soft-touch base and glass touchpad. Moreover, the SpectreXT TouchSmart packs an Ivy Bridge processor and a 15.6-inch IPS multitouch Radiance display of Full HD (1920-by-1080) resolution.
Weighing 4.77lbs (about 2.16kg), HP’s new Ultrabook comes with hybrid storage (500GB HDD + up to 128GB mSATA SSD with Intel’s Rapid Start for fast boot and resume times), 4 gigs of internal RAM, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt connectivity.
Other specs include Intel’s Anti-Theft and Identity Protection technology for enhanced security, integrated stereo speakers with Beats Audio and HP’s TrueVision HD web camera for video calls. The SpectreXT will hit the stores in the US sometime in December, priced at $1,399.99 and up.
Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4
According to the manufacturer, the Envy 4 is powered by a third generation Intel Core CPU and can be configured with an optional discrete AMD GPU (2GB dedicated VRAM). Furthermore, the 23mm thick Ultrabook offers up to 8 hours of battery life and a 14-inch touchscreen panel with a maximum supported resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels.
The Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 will go on sale alongside the Envy x2 hybrid PC by the end of this year.
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