HP Announces ENVY and SpectreXT Multitouch Ultrabooks Ahead of Windows 8

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When it rains, it pours, and these days it’s pouring aluminum. The big names are using consumer electronics show IFA in Berlin to unveil the devices that will usher in Windows 8. Count HP among them with three sleek entries, including an ultrabook with a detachable screen. All three new devices have multitouch displays, emphasizing the importance of touch capabilities for notebooks running Windows 8.

HP ENVY x2

HP ENVY x2

Of the pack, the model that’s going to get the most attention is probably the HP ENVY x2, which HP is referring to as a hybrid PC. That’s the model with the detachable keyboard: use it as a notebook when you need to fire off an email, then detach the screen and use it as a full-featured tablet in your meeting. The screen and keyboard attach with magnets. The ENVY x2 weighs in at only 3.1 pounds and has an 11.6-inch diagonal screen. Webcams are present on the front and back of the screen portion of the ultrabook.

HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook

HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is a bigger beast than the ENVY x2 with a 15.6-inch multitouch IPS display, and HP seems to be targeting it at users who consume and work a lot of media. The ultrabook has tilted speakers, Intel Thunderbolt (it’s the first HP notebook to include it), and a slew of full version software, including Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Premier Elements 10.

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4

HP also introduced the ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4, which has a 14-inch multitouch display and measures 23mm. The ultrabook will have some customizability in the form of an AMD graphics card that has an additional 2GB of memory. HP is touting the model’s 8-hour in-use battery life and a backlit keyboard, as well as a ton of HP-branded software.

So what of the hardware? What’s powering these systems? HP hasn’t said much about the guts of its new trio as of yet, which makes sense. With the flood of new systems being announced, many builders are choosing to keep some cards close to the vest.

 

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realneil replied on Thu, Aug 30 2012 12:17 PM

"The screen and keyboard attach with magnets"

I shudder every-time I see magnets around a PC,.........LOL!

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pwrntspd replied on Thu, Aug 30 2012 4:30 PM

The way of the future, way of the future, way of the future, way of the future...

Touch screens on laptops scare me...i love my keyboard.

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realneil replied on Thu, Aug 30 2012 5:52 PM

pwrntspd:
i love my keyboard.

Agreed,.......

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For ne a physical keboard is a must and i just cant stand flat keys. That mad cats striker 7 is nice. And every one is going with the magnetic lach keyboard screen combo.

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JDiaz replied on Fri, Aug 31 2012 12:33 AM

Not a problem these days, most components won't be effected unless you have a really powerful magnet. Even less vulnerable if you're using a SSD instead of a HDD.

It's concept like 100W USB specification, wireless charging, etc that are what's iffy these days.

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JDiaz replied on Fri, Aug 31 2012 12:42 AM

Don't worry, keyboards aren't going anywhere. Mainly it's just multiple input methods are coming into play now and it'll become whatever is most convenient for the task and circumstances per moment that will determine which you use.

Touch screens, touchpads, keyboards, etc. Basically future systems will have all of the above available. Whether you use all of them or not is up to you but simply including something doesn't mean you're going to be forced to use it. Just keep in mind that what's convenient can change upon circumstances and usage needs.

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lots of exciting stuff came out at this IFA. Really looking forward to detailed specs and to get a windows 8 "convertible" hopefully in December

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