HP Unveils Always-Connected Envy x2 against Surface Pro

Can a 2-in-1 have a good work ethic? This one does.

Arriving this spring, the new HP ENVY X2 is the first 2 – in – 11 to provide the modern standby mode in the Windows 10. This means that even when the system is in a state of sleep, it can also Download E-mail and other data in the background. This system provides an optional LTE so that you can keep the connection without hot spots.

We went hands-on with the Envy x2 ahead of CES 2018, and it looks promising—depending on how HP decides to price it.

HP’s new detachable features a 12.3-inch display (1920 x 1080 pixels) with a Gorilla Glass 4 finish for durability. The fanless design weighs 1.69 pounds and measures 0.31 inches thick. The Surface Pro has a much sharper 12.3-inch screen (2736 x 1824 pixels), though it’s a bit thicker at 0.33 inches.

However, unlike the Surface Pro, HP will include both a keyboard cover and pen when the Envy x2 ships this spring. Those accessories cost an extra $159 and $99, respectively, with Microsoft’s 2-in-1.

We generally liked the Envy x2’s leather-like textured case, which comes in an attractive Oxford Blue. The backlit keyboard offers a solid 1.3 mm of key travel, which made for comfy typing during our brief hands-on session. I also appreciated the little built-in loop for the pen, so it’s less likely to get lost.

However, the bundled case props up the tablet in a single position. Ironically, HP has another Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Envy x2 on the way with a kickstand that’s adjustable.

In terms of specs, you’re looking at 7th-generation Core Y-Series processors, up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of PCIe SSD storage.

HP says to expect up to 16.5 hours of Hp envy 13 series laptop battery life, but we’ll see how well it holds up in our web surfing test. HP’s Qualcomm-powered Envy x2 is rated for an even higher 20 hours of juice, but it also has a weaker Snapdragon 835 CPU and runs the more limited Windows 10 S.

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