HP is now taking orders for both the HP Envy x2 15, as well as the HP Envy x2 13. Both of these large Windows 8.1 tablets or detachables will be released between November 20 and December 1. HP says it will ship on November 20, but when you order it from HP, the estimated delivery date says December 1 instead. The price begins at $749 nonetheless.
The HP Enxy x2 15 is a 15.6-inch detachable 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablet that begins with a configuration choice of either an Intel Core M 5Y10 processor or for $160 more, an Intel Core M 5Y70 processor. It comes with 4GB RAM as standard, but can be upgraded to 8GB of RAM as well for a $75 premium.
The 15.6-inch screen is a Full HD WLED wide-angle IPS screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Storage is not what you are used to on a tablet, so it comes with a proper 500GB, from a 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive.
Like with its smaller cousin HP Envy x2 13, it comes without Office installed, but various Office bundles can be added from $53 and upwards to $399. You may want to compare those prices with those for Office in MicrosoftStore.com first though.
And you can also buy a Windows 8.1 USB system recovery stick for another $45, so you can reinstall a fresh new Windows 8.1 installation if you ever need to.
The HP Envy x2 15 comes with the Bluetooth keyboard bundled into the price. A Bluetooth keyboard may sound worrisome, but when the keyboard is connected physically to the tablet, it’s connected through physical connectors too, so hopefully that should catch every keystroke without a glitch. The touchpad is on the right side of the keyboard, and there’s a stylus holder to the right side of the keyboard. It is backlit this keyboard, so that’s a nice touch. And like the Surface tablets, it has a built in kickstand.
The Wi-Fi bands supported are 802.11 ac but HP have not disclosed if all the other four bands are supported. But we know it’s a single-band Intel Wi-Fi modem.
The front web camera has HP’s low light TrueVision Full HD camera with dual microphones. Since it’s a HP tablet, it has Beats audio like almost every other HP tablet nowadays.
It can be ordered from: HP.com
– Tom Bowen