HP’s announces the low-end Envy 8 Note and Surface competitor, Spectre X2

HP announced new Windows devices yesterday, and amongst them was a new tablet, the Envy Note 8 with a 10-inch keyboard. The tablet is a low-end device that has a 1900 x 1200 display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and runs on Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor.

HP Envy 8 Note

HP Envy 8 Note
Source: HP

On the back of the Envy Note 8 is an unimpressive 5-megapixel camera, and at the front is a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. There is also a micro USB port and a microSD slot.

Note Envy 8

The HP Envy 8 Note
Source: TheVerge

While the specifications are mediocre, the only interesting factor about HP’s Envy Note 8 is that it can be attached to a keyboard dock that is bigger than the tablet itself. The keyboard is called ‘Folio’ and it measures about 10-inches diagonally. There is a trackpad at the bottom of the keyboard and a loop at the side that holds the stylus pen for the tablet.

HP Envy 8 Note

HP Envy 8 Note
Source: Windows

The Envy Note 8, without the keyboard, sells for $329, and with the keyboard sells for $429. The device will be available from November 8.

HP Spectre X2
Before Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 was announced, it had a few of competitors (Apple’s iPad Pro, Google’s Pixel C, and Dell’s XPS 12 tablet) waiting for it. And just a day after it was announced, it already has a new competitor; the HP’s Spectre x2.

HP Spectre x2

The HP Spectre x2
Source: CNET

The display of the Spectre x2 is just 0.3-inches shy of the Surface Pro 4’s display. There is a 12-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels at the front of this device (lower than the Surface Pro’s 2763 x 1824 pixels).

Underneath HP’s tablet runs an Intel’s Skylake Core M processor (M3, M5, or M7, depending on your preference), and RAM of either 4GB or 8GB. Storage also varies between 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB. There are also two USB Type-C connectors and a memory card slot.

HP Spectre x2

HP Spectre x2
Source: CNET

With the features, it is hard to think these specifications are capable of beating the Surface Pro 4. But there are some notable specifications to address. For instance, HP’s Spectre x2 comes with a keyboard out-of-the-box. Although the back of this detachable keyboard is made out of fabric, the front is made out of metal, which gives the keyboard a brawny look. Also, there are two Bang and Olufsen speakers on the keyboard (in addition to the other two speakers on the tablet).

HP Spectre x2

HP Spectre x2
Source: Engadget

Another noteworthy feature is the Spectre x2 has three cameras. There’s an 8-megapixel camera behind, and two 5-megapixel cameras in front.

Unlike the Surface Pro 4 tough, the stylus pen for the Spectre x2 is sold separately. But while the Surface Pro 4 starts at $800 without a keyboard, HP’s Spectre x2 starts at $800 with a keyboard, something tablet-laptop hybrids enthusiasts might find appealing.

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  • The HP Envy 8 Note is hot device only am not sure if the battery will last longer…. With the unimpressive 5-
    megapixel camera, and 2-megapixel
    front-facing camera,am sure it’s not gonna be a photography delight.

  • I cant wait to see the HP Spectre x2…Especially the 8-megapixel camera behind, and
    two 5-megapixel cameras in front.

    It gonna be a wow…But the prize is gonna be something else.

  • The competition is becoming keener..Tabs are being released daily now..#nochill at all..seems d detachable keyboard is the new trend now..Nice devices tho

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