HP has announced the price for its Surface rival, the Envy x2. A high-end tablet-laptop hybrid running Microsoft's just-released Windows 8 operating system, it's priced at $849.99, HP claims this high-end "hybrid PC" packs the "power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet."
The HP Envy x2 is powered by an Intel 1.8GHz Z2760 processor, while the 11.6-inch screen (which can be detached to become a standalone tablet) boasts a 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. It's got a full-size keyboard with a large trackpad dubbed the 'Imagepad,' several ports (USB, HDMI and SD card slots), Beats Audio, HD Webcam, NFC technology and an 8-megapixel camera.
The HP Envy x2 is expected to arrive in the States a couple of weeks from now, on November 14, which should give Microsoft's Surface a headstart. Speaking at a Gartner conference, HP CEO Meg Whitman criticized Surface by saying it "doesn't function like a laptop" and "lacks a keyboard you can do real work on."