HP Envy x2 hands-on: a Snapdragon 835-powered Surface competitor with outstanding battery life


Qualcomm's reign in the mobile smartphone space has been unlargely contested, but now they're forging ahead into new territory - one that will really test the company's tenacity to adapt. The next move for them is to enter the Windows 10 market, and one of the first devices to show that ambitious move is the HP Envy x2, a 2-in-1 styled mobile device in the same capacity as Microsoft Surface tablets.

Three main components about the HP Envy x2 stand out the most, they include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, built-in 4G LTE connectivity, and crazy battery life upwards around 20 hours from a single charge. Other specs highlights about the HP Envy x2 are listed below.

  • 12.3-inch WUXGA+ 1920 x 1200 Display 
    HP Envy x2 hands-on: a Snapdragon 835-powered Surface competitor with outstanding battery life
  • Up to 8GB LPDDR4X RAM 
  • Up to 256GB of storage 
  • 13MP rear camera, 5MP front camera 
  • USB Type-C port 
  • microSD card slot 
  • SIM card slot 
  • combo audio jack 
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen 

Designed with that 2-in-1 convertible form-factor, the HP Envy x2 can easily go from tablet mode for quick and easy usage on-the-road, all the way to full productivity mode with its included detachable keyboard. It props up the tablet via its magnetic connection, while also doubling as a protective case. Impressively, the entire package weighs in at under 3lbs - with a svelte 7mm frame at its thinnest point using the tablet only.

Obviously, the star of the show here is the brand-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform it's going to be leveraging. Competing directly against the multitude of Chromebooks out there, the HP Envy x2 will be Qualcomm's opportunity to showcase its talents over on the Windows side - albeit, it's going to be Windows 10 S. So far, they're steering towards the correct direction, but it'll be interesting to see how Qualcomm will be able to compete in this new market.

Pricing and exact availability aren't known at the moment, but its general availability will come sometime in spring of 2018. That's some time away, so we're hoping that it'll be aggressively priced by the time it's released.

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8 Comments

1. Cyberchum

Posts: 1009; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is exactly what Microsoft needs to put-off the threats posed by chromebook in the education sector.

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3925; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Please these will never compete with the value of chromebooks, even iPads and high-end Android tablets cost much more than a good chromebook so expect this to be the same.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

TLDR: Initially had the same thought, but further thinking about it, this could definitely take away the key advantage of Chromebooks in the Education sector; loads of cost savings due to no need for IT maintenance (heck, Chromebooks NEVER need to reboot to update the OS), always ready and secure when needed. Chromebooks merely being the Chrome web browser on Windows means that to install security patches/updates, all that has to happen is the user closes the browser and the security updates are installed automatically without requiring ANY reboot. That is automatically and seamlessly done whenever a user logs out of the system, and if a security patch didn't get the time to install prior to the chromebook going to sleep, that's easily and quickly done on next resume from sleep. So, literally 0 need for reboot to stay secure, literally 0 need for IT department keeping tabs on them for security reasons. Whereas with current Windows Laptop PCs in the Education sector, when you wake them up from sleep, you'll be getting that stupid "Updating Windows, don't turn off your computer" message for several minutes, especially when they've not been updated in a while due to them not being used in a classroom. Imagine getting that when you're about to write an online Exam, which is the only place where Chromebooks were used on my Campus, everything else is Windows Desktops. Unless an IT department is being paid to keep those Windows Laptops up to date, they won't be able to remain secure and ready for use when needed, making them a security threat to the Campus. With these always connected PCs, Windows will be able to always stay up to date on its own, and it could do any reboots required to install the updates. Essentially making these always connected PCs ready and secure for use whenever they're needed, all without any need for IT department keeping tabs on them.

4. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

As for your price point, this is merely 1 of many always connected PCs to come, there's bound to be $200 options just like chromebooks. Price of the hardware isn't a major advantage for chromebooks in the education market given the loads of equivalent or even cheaper PCs available...

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3925; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Have you used a chromebook? No pc that is the same price or cheaper could ever compete with it's performance. The performance for the price you pay is the major advantage for chromebooks imo, browser speed and navigation is second to none at the price point of most chromebooks. The SD835 can probably match it and if the price is lower than I assume, then these always connected PCs could really cut into the sale of chromebooks simply because windows is better for edu purposes.

6. KyleRiemen

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

They already tried with Windows RT. Without full Windows x86/x64 support i don't see the point sticking with Microsoft Windows at all.

8. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

It does gave full x64 support though, it’s basically emulating full windows

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 800; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Hope to see more dual os booting laptop/tablet hybrid devices with android and windows.....it will be best of both world for everyone

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