HP Spectre 13 x2 is the first fanless tablet with Haswell, runs Win 8 on the hush


HP outed a lot of new gear today, and among the touchscreen devices it introduced, the new Spectre 13 x2 is billed as the first Haswell-powered tablet that doesn't need a fan for cooling. That probably means that the elegant Sony Vaio Tap 11 still has a tiny fan behind its vents.

It's a bit of a stretch from HP to call the the HP Spectre 13 x2 a tablet, as it sports a huge detachable 13.3" Full HD display part, and an aluminum keyboard dock to go along with it. The processor and storage are in the tablet half, though, so you can just grab it and go, using the full power of Windows 8. 

When you need long typing sessions or extra ports, you just plug it back into the keyboard dock, which sports extra battery juice, two USB 3.0 ports, a full HDMI one, and an SD card slot, while the screen part only has a microSD slot, and 64 Gb or 128 GB of internal memory. 

HP cites long 7.5 hours of battery life, which can be expected from a Haswell machine, but the most important part here is that Windows 8 will run cool and silent on a fanless Full HD tablet, albeit a giant 13" one. Expect it to ship October 16th from $1099.99 and up.

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