Another day, another Windows 10 machine that is tablet-first, notebook second but is designed to do both tasks incredibly well (read: Microsoft Surface anyone?). Without a doubt, HP does try and make the Spectre x2 as original as possible to differentiate itself from other offerings that are the same or similar in form factor.
Weighing just 1.78 pounds, the Spectre x2 is 8mm thin in tablet mode, and 2.69 pounds and 13.15mm thin with its backlit keyboard attached. Optional Core M3, M5 or M7 processors mean that you can picking the processing power best suited towards your needs, while still remaining part of the fanless design club.
The display itself a 12-inch, 1920 x 1080 display (shame that Hp couldn’t go for something higher res) with 128, 256 or 512GB SSD storage options. Audio and speakers are handled by Bang & Olufsen; HP is slowly rolling out this partnership with all of its higher-end systems. Two on the tablet and other pair on the keyboard, because why not?
In a product demo, HP demoed the three cameras that are part of the Spectre x2 package: one 8 megapixel rear-facing, a 5MP front-facign and an Intel RealSense 3D camera, which brings the Spectre x2 closer to being competent when 3D interactions on Windows 10 go mainstream.
Of course, with limited space comes a war for ports, but HP covered that rather thoroughly: two USB Type-C connectors with a USB-C to USB-A dongle, a microSD card reader, a full size HDMI and Displayport 1.2 for projecting,
An interesting design choice by HP is the U-shaped friction metal kickstand; you activate it with releasing a small latch and pulling it back or forward to your desired angle. Oh, and Wacom stylus support is offered, if that’s your thing.
As for special capabilities, a 4G LTE connection is made possible Verizon Wireless and a pre-paid data plan, so you can “work” pretty much anywhere.
The HP Spectre X2 starts at $799 and launches later this Fall.