HP Debuts 8-inch Envy Note 8 Windows Tablet With Peculiar 10-inch Keyboard Dock

Have you ever thought about pairing an 8-inch tablet with a 10-inch keyboard? Probably not, but HP did, and the result is the new Envy Note 8. Described as a "tablet-first device," the Envy Note 8 offers the portability of an 8-inch tablet form factor running Windows 10 with the productivity of a small laptop, provided you shell out extra for the optional Envy Note Keyboard Folio.

It's an unusual combination -- imagine shrinking your notebook's display to 10 inches but leaving the keyboard alone -- though HP figures it will appeal to customers who want the best of both worlds.

HP Envy Note 8

The aluminum folio offers 1.5mm of key travel, the same as HP's most premium notebooks, and sports a serviceable 89mm x 34mm clickpad. You can mount the Envy Note 8 in either portrait or landscape mode, and when you're finished cranking out that TPS report, the keyboard doubles as a protective case for the tablet.

The Envy Note 8 measures a mere 7.7mm thin and weighs just 0.8 pounds. Inside the device is an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor powering the display's Full HD 1080p resolution. That should suffice for general purpose computing chores, like surfing the web and working with Office, though video editing and other more intensive tasks will probably be a bit too taxing for the tablet.

HP Envy Note 8 with Stylus

Other features include a 2-megapixel front camera for video conferencing, 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LTE connectivity, micro SIM and micro SD card slots, audio tuning from Bang & Olufsen, a micro USB 2.0 port, and 32GB of internal storage.

The Envy Note 8 will be available beginning November 8 starting at $329, which includes a stylus. If you want it bundled with the keyboard, pricing will start at $429.