The Good The HP Envy x2 looks smooth, has an exceptional battery life and has LTE connectivity. The included HP Digital Pen lets you use a sharp 12.3-inch touchscreen without blurring it.
The Bad The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor running on Envy x2 is just not powerful enough. It has only one port, a USB-C slot.
The Bottom Line Although it has many strengths, the HP Envy x2 lacks the processing power to make it a simple recommendation.
Every year, new smartphones come with new fancy processors that promise faster speeds than you have ever experienced. Every year I buy one of these smartphones and find that yes, it’s fast, but this new power is not really needed to browse the Internet or search Instagram.
That’s why when Microsoft and Qualcomm announced a new line of Windows 10 ARM and two-in-one laptops using smartphone processors, I thought I wouldn’t notice a huge difference in the day. My phone has been running fast enough for years, so the latest smartphone processors have to be more than reliable to power most of the laptop’s core features.
Unfortunately, the transition is not so smooth.
HP Envy x2
|Display size/resolution||12.3-inch 1,920×1,280 touch display|
|CPU||2.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Processor|
|Memory||8GB 1866MHz LPDDR4x onboard|
|Graphics||Adreno 540 710MHz|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.1|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 S/Pro|
The HP Envy x2 is a 12.3-inch tablet that acts as a laptop with the included keyboard case. It runs on Windows 10S, a modified version of Windows 10 that allows you to use applications only from the Microsoft App Store, though it’s easy to upgrade to a full-fledged Windows 10. Hook? Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside, which replaces the more traditional Intel processors found on most laptops, the Envy X2 battery can last up to 22 hours, at least according to HP. In addition, it always supports LTE connections.
Catch? With a starting price of $ 999 (£ 999, $ 1,999), it’s noticeably slower than laptops with a similar price tag. It can do all the tasks that a regular performance laptop can do, but you’ll notice more lag than you would like. Also note that you will also need to pay your service provider separately for this permanent LTE connection.
HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835)
Bells and bells are worth envying
Lack of performance of the laptop is not easy because it is very pleasant.
For one, it’s a whimsical-looking device. The tablet itself, although quite large at 12.3 inches, is sleek and its display at 1 920×180 pixels is bright and beautiful. The front panel is deep black with the right amount of gloss, while the sides and back are silver professional but not boring.
The leather case of the keyboard is similarly royal and feels more substantial than the rest. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was to use the keyboard. The trackpad, meanwhile, is far from bad, but you do want mice to want long sessions. And of course, the keyboard cover is included, while the Microsoft Surface Pro line makes you buy it individually.
It comes with HP Digital Pen , which, equipped with a pressure-sensitive tip, simulates the feel of a pen to paper. This is great because it allows you to use the touch screen of the tablet without smearing it with your finger, though it is an accessory that only authors will greatly benefit from.
The base model is equipped with 128 GB of memory, although there is also a dual configuration. All models support Hello Windows, allowing you to unlock your computer face. Front 5MP front camera and 13MP rear arrow.
However, it has no ports. There is no HDMI or even a traditional USB port here, only USB-C – and there is only one of them. This is not unusual for tablets, but the main issue of Envy x2 is designed to ensure battery life, and people who need a full day of battery life tend to use their laptops to improve performance. These people, I would venture to say, will be disappointed with the lack of ports.
And yes, Apple exclusively offers USB-C ports in its new one MacBook Pro line, but Apple is going to Apple.
Big tank, small horsepower
Long battery life is great, but it counts for nothing if really using a computer is a pain. It would be unfair to say that using Envy x2 is painful, but its performance is definitely below average.
I used the laptop as an everyday device in my testing. There was nothing too complicated, no photo or video editing, just watching, watching videos and writing. Even still, the Envy x2 is noticeably slower than both my personal MacBook Pro and my Dell Latitude, both of which run Intel Core i5 processors.
There have been some terrible cases, such as a specific application that fails again and again, but I am happy to record some of them as failures. But overall, I felt a noticeable lag when uploading Facebook pages, surfing YouTube, and even writing on Google Docs. It’s not a terrible backlog, but it sure is a backlog.
It would be easier if the Envy x2 was cheaper. It’s not a breakdown, because between the premium design and build quality, the digital pen and the quality keyboard case, it’s easy to see where your $ 999 is going.
Part of this problem is obviously the Snapdragon-Windows operating system, as we are having similar problems Asus’ NovaGo , which uses the same processor. Windows 10 is obviously more demanding than iOS and Android (yes). It seems so far that smartphone hardware cannot run the laptop software at the performance most users would expect.
The processor inside the Envy x2 and its ARM brothers, Asus NovaGo ($ 470 on Amazon) and the Lenovo Miix 630 , is the Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm. It’s the same processor inside Samsung Galaxy S8 and Note 8 phones of 2017.
Also inside is a Snapdragon X16 LTE Qualcomm modem, which means you get 4G cellular connection wherever you go. It worked as announced in my test, at an Internet speed comparable to the speed you would get from your phone. However, this will depend on the particular operator. If your carrier is struggling to connect to certain areas with your phone, expect the same here.
The main event here is the battery life, and it is probably impressive. In our video testing, it lasted just under 12 hours, making it a truly elite machine in this category. That said, it’s not a head over the shoulders of competition. Exclusive new Dell XPS 13 For example, the line lasted several minutes longer, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted about 11.5 hours.
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The lifetime of the Envy x2 battery is extraordinary, but not enough to justify the cost, given the processing power you sacrifice.
This frustration is exacerbated by the fact that Windows 10, although a great operating system, is not as useful in tablet mode as iOS and Android. This means that the tablet is not as good as iPad Pro , not as good a two-in-one convertible as your own HP Spectre x360 .
A smartphone processor inside a Windows laptop is an interesting proposition. Just not for the price.
|HP Envy x2||Microsoft Windows 10 S/Pro; 2.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile processor; 8GB 1,866MHz LPDDR4x onboard; Adreno 540 Graphics; 256GB SSD|
|Asus NovaGo TP270QL||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile processor; 8GB 1,866MHz LPDDR4x onboard; Adreno 540 Graphics; 128GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Pro with LTE Advanced||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 2.6GHz Intel Core i5-7300U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 256GB SSD|
|Acer Aspire E15-57G6||Microsoft Windwos 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,600MHz, 2048MB Nvidia GeForce MX150; 256GB SSD|
|Acer Switch 3||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.1GHz Intel Pentium N4200; 4GB DDR3 SDRAM; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 505; 64GB SSD|
|Apple MacBook (12-inch, 2017)||Apple macOS 10.12.5 Sierra; 1.2GHz Intel Core m3-7Y32; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 1,536MB Intel HD Graphics 615; 256GB SSD|