The brand new Full HD 8-inch Windows 10 tablet HP Envy 8 Note have now been released in the US, with a launch price of around $329, and that’s with digitizer included: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B016S0W3VO
HP Envy 8 Note Signature Edition ($199):
This is a productive little tablet, kind of like a mini-Surface, due to the included digitizer pen that can be used to activate apps by the click of the pen. So just like on the Surface tablets, if you want to make a quick note, you just click the pen, and a note taking app will be launched for you, and in HP’s case the HP Instant Note program will be launched.
Now in addition to that, the HP Envy 8 Note also has 4G LTE included, so you are ready to work anywhere even without using your smartphone for cellular connectivity.
The specifications for the HP Envy 8 Note are generally good, starting with Windows 10, a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor with Intel HD Graphics GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD card expansion, and an 8-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 resolution protected by a very durable Gorilla Glass 3.
HP ditched their collaboration with Beats Audio this year, and instead started a new collaboration with Bang & Olufsen, meaning that this tablet also has Bang & Olufsen Play audio speakers. Talk about bang for your bucks.
For video calls it has a 2MP HD 720p recording front camera, and a 5MP rear camera with 1080p recording support. Additional specifications are dual MEMS microphones, accelerometer, gyroscope, hall sensor, ambiance, proximity sensor, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, and one USB 2.0 port. The weight is 358 grams and the thickness is 7.7 mm.
The battery life is the only kind of let-down, at 6 hours and 15 minutes on average.
In addition to the 4G LTE, the Envy 8 Note has complete dual-band and dual-antenna (2×2) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi cover, as well as MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
When the HP Envy 8 Note was announced on October 7, a few people went mad over an 8-inch tablet being fitted with (an optional) 10-inch keyboard. The keyboard is of that dimensions so that it will be useful, but it is optional. The combined price of the tablet and keyboard is $419 as of today.
But there are plenty of other keyboards out there to chose between, so I don’t see how this is an issue.
The HP Envy 8 Note is only the second 8-inch Windows tablet from the familiar and popular quality brands that have been launched with an Intel Atom “Cherry Trail” processor, with the other tablet being the HP Pro Tablet 608 G1. The other brands are still running the older and slower Bay Trail processor.
– Tom Bowen