The post-PC world is one likely to be driven by tablets, not laptops, and if Microsoft’s Surface is any indication, it’ll be interesting hybrids, but Microsoft isn’t the only tablet maker worth watching.
HP wants to capitalise on that area with its own take on the concept, and this will arrive early next year in the form of the Elite X2 1012.
This machine takes the form of a 12 inch tablet with a Full HD screen, and just like all of the other tablets out there, the technology for the computer is found behind the display.
Under that screen, HP is relying on an Intel Core M processor from the Skylake generation, also known as 6th gen to those of us looking for numbers, and there will be options for M3, M5, and M7 depending on how high spec you need to push things.
Storage will sit at between 128GB and 512GB, while memory will run at either 4 or 8GB, and HP will be bringing some interesting technologies over to feature on the tablet to make it just that much more interesting.
For starters, there’s a stylus, and while it looks like the Surface Pen, it’s a different technology, with HP leaning on Wacom for a 1024 level pressure sensitive pen with a customisable rear shortcut button.
Basically, you don’t have to have OneNote when you double click the back, and can remap this later.
There will also be a self-healing BIOS in case anything happens to the tablet such as getting hacked, and something very new is HP Noise Reduction, which allows conferencing software like Skype to cut down on background noise thanks to some proprietary bits and pieces.
And then there’s the build, with aluminium used in the construction while HP has rated the machine for MILSTD, meaning it can survive a bit of a beating through an element of ruggedisation.
“At HP, we’ve had years of doing this,” said Anthony Ceroli, Market Development Manager for Commercial Notebooks, Printing and Personal Systems at HP South Pacific. “What we do is that we understand intrinsically what it is commercial businesses require.”
Ceroli told GadgetGuy that it was more than just making a capable commercial-grade computer, with a machine that followed three pillars, comprising of design, collaboration with productivity, and then security and serviceability.