Microsoft unveils HP Pro x2 612 and more at Computex

Microsoft and its hardware partners have been showing off a number of new Windows devices over at the Computex show in Taiwan.

Nick Parker, Microsoft's corporate VP for device partnerships, unveiled two hitherto unseen pieces of hardware – the HP Pro x2 612 and a new Toshiba tablet.

The Pro x2 612 is a business focused 2-in-1 device, which comes with a Wacom stylus, and twin batteries, one in the 12.5in tablet and a second in the keyboard for longevity when on the move (with 14 hours and 15 minutes battery life in total, according to HP).

The Pro x2 will also have a focus on security, including HP Client Security, Sure Start, HP TPM and an optional fingerprint scanner, and will be powered by Intel Core i3 and i5 CPUs. You'll be able to buy the 12.5in tablet separately, minus the keyboard, if you wish.

The other fresh revelation was a new 7in Encore tablet from Toshiba, which will have a budget price point, although no specs or pricing details were revealed. Microsoft said the slate would be "very competitive with any other 7in class device", but let's hope Toshiba can put a bit more spark into this offering, as the Encore range has previously failed to impress us.

In total, Parker had close to 40 new devices on stage, running the whole gamut from phones through tablets to laptops and hybrids.

These included the Acer Aspire V11 laptop, which Microsoft said offers style at an affordable price, and the Dell Latitude 13 Education Series, which as the name suggests is designed for the classroom. Some premium laptops were on show, too, such as Acer's Aspire S7 with a Broadwell processor.

The Acer Switch 10 (for more details on this, see our first impressions article from last month) and the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi were also on stage, the latter being the 12.5in successor to the excellent Transformer Book T100. We'll be very interested to get both of these, and the new HP 2-in-1, in for review.

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