HP’s Envy 8 Note is a bizarre new tablet with an oversized keyboard

HP unveiled a slew of new Windows 10 PCs at tablets at an event in Barcelona today, including a two-in-one tablet that slots into the back of its keyboard

HP has designed a bizarre new two-in-one device that combines an 8-inch tablet with a 10-inch keyboard, in an attempt to offer the optimum combination of portability and productivity.

The HP Envy 8 Note is 7.7mm thick and weighs 0.8lbs. It has a 1080p full high-definition display and runs Windows 10 in tablet and desktop modes, giving customers access to the Office Mobile suite.

The tablet is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, clocking from 1.44 GHz up to 1.84 GHz in turbo mode, with over 6 hours of battery life.

It features a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera, and comes equipped with Audio by B&O Play. It also has a micro SIM card slot, a micro SD card reader and a micro USB 2.0 port for charging and connecting accessories. It also comes with a stylus for note-taking.

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It comes with the option of 4G connectivity as well as HP’s DataPass service, which allows customers to connect to mobile broadband services without a contract. Customers receive up to 250MB per month at no cost and can purchase additional monthly data packages.

The Envy 8 Note comes with a 10-inch Bluetooth keyboard, which is made from aluminium and has keys that can be depressed to a depth of 1.5mm – the same amount as HP’s most premium notebooks.

The keyboard includes an 89mm x 34mm slot, which is designed to hold the tablet in place in either landscape or portrait modes when you’re working. It also has a slot in the back of the keyboard, which the tablet can slot into for transportation.

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“We didn’t envision it as a tablet, we envisioned it as a two-in one from the beginning, you’re going to read from it and watch a movie with it, but we also knew the ability to produce was going to be a key thing. So the keyboard became the challenge but also the solution,” said Stacy Wolff, vice president of industrial design for HP’s Personal Systems business.

“What we’ve done on this product is chiselled away on all on all four sides – it actually is like a keystone. What I’m able to do is just slide it into the back, and that locks it in place, so I can toss it in my backpack and it’s now one entity.”

The Edge 8 Note was one of a slew of new Windows 10 devices launched by HP at its Consumer Event in Barcelona today.

Other highlights included a limited edition Spectre x360 in copper, created to celebrate Bang & Olufsen’s 90th anniversary, a new Pavilion gaming notebook with high-end NVIDIA graphics and the HP Envy Curved, which claims to be the widest curved all-in-one PC in the world, with a 34 inch display.

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