Today, HP announced releasing the ENVY x2 which is the manufacturer’s own variation on a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid that looks pretty much like a carbon copy of the Surface Pro 3. The published last night HP’s promo video leaves no shadow of a doubt, almost everything in the ENVY x2 starting from the multi-angle kickstand to the keyboard cover resembles the Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. What’s more there will be two models available, one carrying 13.3-inch display, second larger equipped with 15.6-inch screen.
HP ENVY x2 vs. Surface Pro 3
While the similarities are clearly visible, the differences between these two mentioned slates are trickily hidden in the tech parameters. Measuring 13.7mm thick the HP ENVY x2 is considerably thicker than the 9.1 mm Surface Pro 3 and also 1.05 pounds heavier, which is pretty much surprising, since it uses a fanless design and there’s no visible venting. But, this is just the beginning, HP has made more subtle changes, including and SD slot located at the hybrid’s side, Beats Audio speakers and innovative keyboard design with a trackpad set on the side of the keyboard featured by the 15.6-inch version.
In addition, Microsoft also skipped the idea of a Bluetooth-powered keyboard, enabling you to use the keyboard when it isn’t attached to the tablet, the idea that HP takes advantage of. Of course, you may say that Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 has additional accessories to serve the similar purpose, but isn’t it more handy to have this as a native built-in feature?
Moving on to the pricing details, the ENVY x2 price starts at $749, including the detachable keyboard. This basic model goes on sale equipped with 500GB hard drive running 5400 RPM and includes 16GB of Flash storage. But you may also buy the 13-inch model with a more appropriate for portable devices built-in SSD for $799, which is exactly the retail price of the Surface Pro 3. Both models, 13.3- and 15.6-inch sport identical 1080p resolution and come powered by the same Intel Core processor and Intel HD graphics, additionally you may pick between 4 or 8GB RAM options.
It’s more than obvious that HP feeling the pressure of the Surface Pro 3 on the 2-in-1 devices market, wants to compete with the popular Microsoft’s flagship tablet, launching the clone product. And frankly speaking, they are likely to succeed in this rivalry, since adding the larger 15.6-inch tablet-laptop hybrid to their offer will definitely help the manufacturer to attract additional number of potential laptop buyers who are simply out of Surface Pro 3 reach.
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