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HP confirms $899 start price for Envy x2 Windows 8 tablet; enterprise slate to debut in January

by Doug Drinkwater

October 25 2012

HP's ElitePad 900 will arrive to the U.S. market in January
HP's ElitePad 900 will arrive to the U.S. market in January

Ahead of Microsoft’s Windows 8 unveiling today, HP took some time to detail the price and availability details for its new Windows 8 tablets; the Envy x2 and ElitePad 900.

Both tablets were announced earlier this year, with the Envy x2 a hybrid design that can switch between laptop and tablet, and the ElitePad 900 a more straightforward tablet equipped for enterprise users.

Of both models, the Envy x2 will be the first to hit the U.S. market on November 14, although this laptop-cum-tablet is expensive at a starting price of $899.99.

Nonetheless, the Envy x2 has been described by HP as having the “power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet” and is powered by an 1.8Ghz Intel Clover Trail Z2760 processor, has an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display and also comes a full-size keyboard.

Due to its Intel processor, the hybrid tablet runs the full version of Office (unlike the scaled down version on Office RT) and will therefore be able to tap into desktop Office programs.

Those looking to get their hands on the ElitePad 900 will have a little longer to wait however, with HP expecting to ship the tablet in January.

Promoted as a ‘true tablet for business’, the ElitePad 900 comes with 10.1-inch IPS 1280 x 800 resolution display, the Clover Trail CPU with 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid-state hard drive.

There are also dual-facing cameras, optional support for 3G or 4G LTE, on-device encryption and an optional stylus, while all customers will receive a free 50GB Box account.

HP also hopes to offer a line of “Smart Jacket” accessories on launch, with these offering an extra battery and a plethora of connections.

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