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HP’s Snapdragon-based Windows machine is up for pre-order

by Justin Herrick | February 23, 2018February 23, 2018 10:00 am PDT

Now you can purchase the HP Envy x2, the world’s first device belonging to the Always Connected PC platform. It’s a 2-in-1 hybrid powered by Windows but with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 running the show. With a processor traditionally used for mobile devices present, the Envy x2 achieves a bunch of things laptops aren’t known for.

The Envy x2 offers long-lasting battery life, operating for up to 22 hours on a single charge. And it’s durable. HP used an aluminum body with Corning’s Gorilla Glass to keep the intact after drops and bumps.

Still, though, the device is just 6.9mm thin and weighs less than 3lb. You’re also able to remove the 12.3-inch (1920×1080) display from the keyboard for a pure tablet experience.

Another benefit coming from this new platform is connectivity. Qualcomm worked hard to make these devices operate on cellular networks. If you get a Nano SIM from your carrier, you’ll get to use the Envy x2 from anywhere even if there’s not a Wi-Fi network available. It operates on 4G LTE networks just like your phone.

Other specifications include Windows 10 S, a USB-C port, a microSD card reader, Bang & Olufsen-powered speakers, and a full backlit keyboard. There’s also an option to pick up a stylus.

Pricing isn’t cheap, and that’s because you’re getting an LTE-enabled device that can be a laptop and a tablet. HP has the Envy x2 priced at $999. ASUS’ NovaGo and Lenovo’s Miix 630, two Always Connected PCs being released soon, are going to cost hundreds of dollars less.

HP says the Envy x2 will ship by March 9 in the United States, and there’s no word on the device making its way to other markets just yet.

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