HP does the Windows 8 preview with new Spectre, Envy touchscreen laptops

Last week, there was plenty of camera news, and this week, it’s the same when it comes to computers, and with Windows 8 just around the corner, what else do you expect? Now it’s time for HP to show its wares with three new machines being unveiled in America.

We’ve heard some interesting rumblings out of HP in the past month, but none of them made mention of three new computers which should hopefully head to retail later this year.

The new computers will all feature multitouch displays essentially making them fit under either the tablet or Ultrabook Touch section of the market, that we expect will explode upon release of Windows 8.

First in the announcement is the SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook (above), a 15.6 inch Ultrabook sporting a Full HD IPS display with the aforementioned touchscreen tech thrown in.

HP is claiming an all-metal design with edge-to-edge glass, Beats Audio, Gigabit Ethernet, Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, and apparently even full versions of Adobe’s Photoshop and Premiere Elements software thrown in, which should please people after bonus things in the package.

Frankly, we’re keen to see how well Adobe’s software works with the touchscreen technology on these laptops.

Next is the HP Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 (above), a laptop with an insanely long name that features a 14 inch HD screen with multitouch capabilities, backlit keyboard, Beats Audio, and up to 2GB graphics memory.

Finally, there’s the HP Envy x2, a machine that takes on a design similar to what Asus pioneered in its Transformer range.

Like the Transformer – and the Lenovo IdeaTab that never reached Australia, as well as Samsung’s recently announced ATIV Smart PC range – the Envy x2 is a computer with a switch next to the screen section that, when triggered, releases the screen from the rest of the computer and allows you to use the screen as a tablet by itself.

That’s an 11.6 inch HD screen which HP says should be good for viewing both indoors and outside, but there’s also an optional stylus, near-field communication (NFC) technology, and Beats Audio.

HP hasn’t provided any release dates or pricing for these outside of the US yet, but with a suggestion that Americans will be able to get their hands on these computers around December, it’s likely that we’ll see them some time around then, too.