Many Windows-based tablet enthusiasts have been waiting for a chance to buy a Windows 8-powered device rather than purchasing an RT tablet, reason why there has been a lot of talk regarding Microsoft’s expected end of the year Windows RT sales figures and the idea that they will not meet the quota.
Nevertheless, the Microsoft Surface Pro offers what the RT version lacks, but will the Surface Pro be the best choice available on this market segment? There are a few alternatives out there such as the Samsung ATIV Smart PC which goes head-to-head with the Surface Pro, and there are also more affordable Windows 8-powered gadgets, like the HP Envy X2 (hit the link for a nice overview). How does the Surface Pro compares with HP’s contender? Join us after the break and find out.
Microsoft Surface Pro vs HP Envy X2
At the very first glance you realize that the Envy X2 is not as powerful as the ATIV Smart PC Pro or the Surface Pro for that matter, but is that such a bad thing? Truth of the matter is that the Envy X2 seems to be more of a hybrid than the other two, meaning that it better combines the functionality of a tablet with those of a notebook. But, first let’s take a look at the sheer specs and we’ll talk a bit more about the pros and cons.
|Product Name||Microsoft Surface Pro||HP Envy X2|
|Display Size||10.6 inch||11.6 inch|
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080||1366 x 768|
|CPU||Intel Core i5||Intel Atom Z2760 @ 1.8 GHz|
|GPU||Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel HD Graphics|
|RAM||4 GB dual channel||2 GB (1x2GB) LPDDR2|
|Internal Storage||64GB / 128GB||64 GB SSD|
|Expandable Storage||Yes||Yes, microSD / SD|
|Cameras||Two 720p HD LifeCams (more info. required)||8 MP main camera with flash / 2 MP front facing sensor|
|Other||Stereo speakers, pen input (stylus included), touch or type keyboard cover (optional)||Beats Audio, Keyboard dock included in price|
|Price||TBA (128 GB = $1,163, rumored)||$849.99|
|Release Date||TBA||December 24|
It’s pretty much obvious that the Surface Pro is the more powerful device of the two, but taking a closer look at some of the features really helps X2’s case.
For starters, the keyboard dock is included in the price and the best part about it is that the keyboard module is not a simple cover, it’s a full dock that offers a bigger battery that doubles the life of the tablet, it comes with extra ports such as the SD card reader and it seems to be an all-rounder device, offering a bit of everything.
The price is really attractive as well when compared with the competition. Once again, the X2 is not the most powerful Windows 8-powered tablet but I have a feeling that many enthusiasts will look for a balance between specs and affordability, and when it comes to the price tag, the Envy X2 is right between the Windows RT and the Surface Pro – if the rumored price of the latter turns out to be correct. Nonetheless, one of the X2 selling points is that, unlike the RT, the HP gadget arrives with Windows 8, offering a full-fledged desktop experience.
So, what are your thoughts regarding the matter? Would you buy the more affordable, humbler yet versatile HP Envy X2, or are you planning on going for the Surface Pro in order to benefit from that extra power?