HP Announces Powerful Surface Rival in the Pro x2 612

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HP has made a new and potentially successful attempt at stealing the Surface Pro 3’s crown for the ultimate Windows hybrid with the new Pro x2 612.

The package comes with a 12.5″ display and an optional keyboard dock with several ports and a battery.

The resolution of the display starts at just 1366 x 768 but goes all the way up to Full HD. The display also supports pen-input thanks to WACOM technology, but as a result is also quite thick and heavy (at about 4 pounds, combined with the keyboard).

It certainly won’t compete with the Surface Pro 3 in this department but at least houses a slot for keeping it safe and ready-for-use.

Under the hood, you can get a variety of processors, including an Intel Celeron or Pentium unit, all the way to Core i5 but not Core i7. Storage is set at between 64 and 512 GB, expandable of course. The tablet also has a USB 3.0 port, as well as a microSD card and a microSIM card slot for either 3G or 4G connectivity.

Just like in the Surface, a major attraction here too is the keyboard. The “Power Keyboard” is spill-resistant, and comes with a slew of ports, including a VGA port, DisplayPort, Ethernet, 2 USB 3.0 ports and a full-sized SD card reader. You also get a battery which increases run-time to 14 hours. In addition to that, there is also a travel keyboard with USB 3.0 and a backlit keyboard, but unfortunately no battery.

The package will come with either Windows 8.1 or 7. There will also be an optional finger-print scanner and a few additional security features, since the product is also targeted towards enterprise and government usage.

The Pro x2 612 will be available in September. Pricing details aren’t disclosed yet.