HP announces price for Windows Surface tablet rival Envy x2

HP has confirmed that its new Envy x2 tablet-laptop hybrid will cost £799.99 when it is released after tonight's launch of Windows 8.

The Envy x2, which will run a full Windows 8 version, will compete with Microsoft's own Surface tablet due to be launched worldwide today at a starting price of £399.

The higher price of the Envy x2 compared to its competitors may be because HP has defined it as a high-end hybrid PC. In a statement on its website, the company said the device has the "power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet."

Speaking at a Gartner conference, HP CEO Meg Whitman criticised Microsoft's Surface tablet, saying it "doesn't function like a laptop" and "lacks a keyboard you can do real work on."

The HP Envy x2 is powered by a 1.8GHz Z2760 processor from Intel and the 11.6in screen has a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. It also includes a full-size keyboard with a large trackpad dubbed the 'Imagepad'.

The touch display can detach to become a standalone 11.6in Windows 8 tablet. Other features of the device include Beats Audio, an HD Webcam, and an 8-megapixel camera, as well as NFC technology.

Unlike the Windows Surface Tablet, which runs on a scaled down RT version of Windows 8, the Envy x2 will run on the full version, meaning it can run traditional Microsoft Office suites as well as older Windows applications.

Other competitors for this device include Dell's Latitude 10 and Lenovo's ThinkPad 2, priced from£619 and $629 (£390).

HP has yet to reveal when the EnvyX2 will be available in the UK.

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