Microsoft’s Surface tablets have been quite a success, so it’s not all that surprising to see other manufacturers take inspiration from them. Enter the HP Spectre x2, a Windows tablet with a striking resemblance to the Surface. That is, until you look at the rather sleek-looking kickstand.
Instead of using a piece of metal as a kickstand (like the Surface tablets), HP decided to go with a more elegant solution: a metal frame. Just like the Surface Pro 3 and 4, the Spectre x2’s kickstand can be adjusted to any angle desired by users. While the metal frame gives the Spectre x2 a unique appearance, the long-term durability of it is a little concerning.
The Spectre x2’s keyboard, on the other hand, looks just like ones found on a regular laptop. According to The Verge, it even feels like typing on a laptop’s keyboard, which is always a good thing. Interestingly enough, the keyboard is also made out of metal – although the back is covered in fabric.
As for specifications, the Spectre x2 isn’t exactly a workhorse. It can be equipped with a Skylake-based Intel Core M3, M5, or M7 processor, which are designed with power efficiency in mind rather than performance. That being said, it should offer enough processing power for everyday usage. Other than that, the Spectre x2 also has a 12-inch 1920 x 1280 resolution display, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, two USB Type-C ports, and an SD card reader. A rear and front-facing cameras round out the Spectre x2’s hardware.
Not surprisingly, this isn’t the first time a manufacturer take inspiration from Microsoft’s Surface tablets. Lenovo, for example, has a tablet with the same form factor, the IdeaPad MIIX 700. At the end of the day, consumers will gain the most from this. It’s always good to have more choices, after all.
The HP Spectre x2 will go on sale on the 8th of November 2015. The most affordable model retails at US$800, which comes up to about RM3,315.
(Source: The Verge)