HP unveils multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabook

HP unveils multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabook

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HP today have announced new multitouch PCs. The HP ENVY x2 is a hybrid notebook with a detachable keyboard and 14 hour battery life and price at £799. For £1199 you can get the HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook, an Ultrabook with Thunderbolt, 17.9mm thin design and weighing 2.16kg. Hopefully I should have some of these to review soon.

Press Release:

HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks

BRACKNELL, August 30, 2012 — HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a uniquely designed hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information.

The HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC with the advantages of two devices in one.

As a notebook that doubles as a tablet, the HP ENVY x2 has a detachable screen that becomes a full tablet when separated from the keyboard via a seamless magnetic latch. Customers no longer have to choose between a product that lets them create rich content and another that lets them enjoy entertainment on the go—they can have both in one device.

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook™ and HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook™ 4 bring the intuitive power of touch to ultramobile PCs.

“Consumers want the flexibility to move between creating rich documents and losing themselves in a great movie,” said Louis Perrin, director, Personal Computer Consumer Division, HP EMEA. “With the HP ENVY x2, customers can have it all, and the touch experience on these three new notebooks brings out the best of Windows 8.”

These notebook PCs are the first HP products announced with Microsoft® Windows® 8; additional notebooks, desktops and tablets will be announced later in 2012.

HP ENVY x2—the right device for the right time, every time

The HP ENVY x2 solves the “Do I bring my notebook or tablet?” dilemma. Consumers get the power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet in one stylish, lightweight device.

Featuring a sleek aluminum finish and an innovative hinge with magnets that smoothly guide the tablet into place, the HP ENVY x2 weighs 1.4 kg.(1) When separated, the tablet portion weighs just 0.71 kg.

Customers can interact directly with the optimized Windows 8 touch interface on the HP ENVY x2’s vivid 29.4 cm (11.6”) HD(2) touch display. Ultrawide viewing angles and a bright, 400-nit In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel provide a superb visual experience indoors and outdoors, while an HD webcam on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back capture high-quality photos and video. The HP ENVY x2 boasts up to 14 hours battery life with an intelligent charging mechanism.  

The HP ENVY x2 also features Beats AudioTM for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a PC. An optional stylus offers added creativity, giving customers the freedom to write, draw and navigate with added accuracy.

The HP ENVY x2 also makes sharing and staying connected with friends and family a breeze. A new HP Connected Photo(3) application seamlessly syncs photos across multiple devices and offers basic editing options and instant-sharing capabilities for social networks. The HP ENVY x2 uses solid-state memory for improved reliability and faster startup times. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets users share content, including photos, contacts and URLs, with a simple tap.

HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook—a premium touch experience

With Windows 8, the HP TouchSmart experience expands beyond the desktop to deliver multitouch technology to notebooks.

Featuring a 39.6 cm (15.6”) multitouch Radiance Full HD(2) display with IPS technology, the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook delivers strong performance and the ability to go beyond keyboard and mouse with an optimized touch experience.

Measuring 17.9 millimeters  thin and weighing 2.16 kg,(1) this premium Ultrabook stands out from the crowd with a sophisticated all-metal design featuring edge-to-edge glass, a soft-touch base for comfort and grip, a glass touchpad and tilted speakers with Beats Audio for optimal sound.

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is HP’s first notebook with Intel® ThunderboltTM technology(4) for blazing-fast transfer of music, movies and data to external devices. HP USB Boost technology charges devices via USB ports while the Ultrabook is on or off.

The Ultrabook delivers great performance with the latest Intel® CoreTM processors, an mSATA solid-state drive with Intel Rapid Start,(5) Intel Identity Protection Technology,(6) Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Smart Response(7) and Intel Smart Connect(8) technologies, and a full array of ports, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI.

The notebook also features exclusive HP innovations, including HP CoolSense for a noticeably cooler PC; an HP Imagepad for precise multifinger and gesture navigation; an HP TrueVision HD Webcam; and applications such as HP Connected Photo(3).

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook offers a clean software image with fully loaded versions of entertainment and security software and a concierge phone line for technical support dedicated exclusively for HP Spectre customers.

For entertainment, full versions of Adobe Photoshop® Elements 10 and Adobe® Premiere Elements 10 bring powerful photo- and video-editing capabilities.
To safeguard confidential data and thwart cyberthreats, the notebook is preloaded with one year of Absolute Data Protect, two years of Norton Internet Security(9), and Intel Anti-Theft for remote data protection.(10)

The Ultrabook also includes 90 days of complimentary HP SmartFriend Setup Service(11), which offers expedited, one-on-one assistance to help customers get their new PCs up and running fast. HP SmartFriend Complete Service gives customers answers to how-to questions for setting up Wi-Fi, removing a virus, using new software or backing up files.

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4—the power of touch

Featuring an eye-catching metal design, the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 offers a 35.5 cm (14”) multitouch HD(2) display, measures 23mm thin and weighs 2.16 kg. (1)

A backlit keyboard, up to 8 hours of battery life(12), and a booming subwoofer with Beats Audio allow customers to power through their day.

The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 delivers powerful performance with the latest Intel processors, solid-state drive options, and the same Intel technologies available on the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook. HP innovations such as HP CoolSense, HP Imagepad, HP ProtectSmart, HP TrueVision HD Webcam and HP Connected Photo(3)  also are included.

Pricing and availability

· The HP ENVY x2 will be available from late October at £799

· The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is expected to be available from late November with a starting price of £1,199

· The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is expected to be available from late November, priced at £899

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