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HP unveils multitouch hybrid PC and ultrabooks
Posted on 30-Aug-2012 18:57. | Tags Filed under: News.

HP unveils multitouch hybrid PC and ultrabooks
HP today announced three consumer notebooks featuring multitouch displays, including a hybrid PC that gives people more choice in how they access information.

The HP ENVY x2 is an 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 touch interface to ultramobile PCs.

“Consumers want the flexibility to move between creating rich documents and losing themselves in a great movie,” said James Mouton, senior vice president and general manager, Personal Computer Global Business Unit, HP. “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.

The HP ENVY x2 features 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 and when separated the tablet portion weighs just 680 grams.

Customers can interact directly with the optimized Windows 8 touch interface on the HP ENVY x2’s 11.6-inch diagonal HD touch display. Ultrawide viewing angles and a bright, 400-nit In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel provide a good 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 uses solid-state memory designed 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.

The HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook features a 15.6-inch diagonal multitouch Radiance Full HD display with IPS technology. Measuring 17.9 millimeters (mm) thin and weighing 2.2 Kg this Ultrabook stands out with its 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 Thunderbolt technology. The HP USB Boost technology charges devices via USB ports while the Ultrabook is on or off.

The Ultrabook is powered by the latest Intel Core processors, an mSATA solid-state drive with Intel Rapid Start, Intel Identity Protection Technology, Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Smart Response and Intel Smart Connect technologies, and a full array of ports, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI.

The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 features a metal design, with a 14-inch multitouch HD display, measures 23mm thin and weighs 2.2 Kg. A backlit keyboard, up to 8 hours of battery life and an optional AMD graphics card with 2 GB of graphics memory are some of the highlights for this model.

The HP ENVY x2 is expected to be available in the United States for the holidays. Pricing will be available at a later date.
The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is expected to be available in the United States in December with a starting price of US$1,399.99.
The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is expected to be available in the United States for the holidays. Pricing will be available at a later date.

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