HP is announcing a bunch of really nice new Windows devices today. The challenge for big tech companies is getting consumers to actually want to use the desktop on such a tiny screen. HP is the latest to try its hand, with a new device called the Envy Note 8.
The HP Envy Note 8 (starting at $329) tablet may look peculiar standing upright in its 10-inch keyboard (an extra $100), but this combo could pinch hit for a laptop. When you’re done with the 8-inch slate, it slides into the back of the keyboard with a snug fit that makes it safe to toss in your bag.
Looking at most of its specifications, the HP Envy Note 8 is a run-of-the-mill, 8-inch tablet. Built with a plastic frame and a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display, it’s not as premium as some other slates. However, one high-end addition that might just save the Envy Note 8 from cracks is a Corning Gorilla Glass III screen.
Internally, the HP Envy Note 8 isn’t exactly blind blowing either. The slate comes outfitted with a 1.44GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8300 processor, plus 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. On the camera front, the slate also has a 5-megapixel (MP) rear shooter and 2MP, front-facing webcam. The Envy Note 8 supports an LTE connection, but only on Verizon. It also has a microSD card reader and a micro USB port, although the latter is mostly for charging. The tablet is supposed to get just over 6 hours of battery life.
The Note 8 comes with an HP Active Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus with a 2 millimeter tip that brings up a radial wheel menu when tapped onto the display. While it gives users easy access to a list of options for the notes they’re about to take, the text for options like HP Instant Note, Paste, Copy, Select All and Camera seemed a bit small when we tried it out.
HP’s Notes Hub app comes pre-loaded on the Envy 8, and gives users a visual timeline of the notes they’ve made. That app logs the entries you’ve made in both Microsoft’s OneNote and HP’s own Instant Note app, which allows users to start writing a note anywhere while using the app.
The Envy Note 8 ships November 8th, starting at $329 with the stylus included. You can also get it with the keyboard bundled for $429.The Envy 8 could be the ideal tablet for road warriors and corridor warriors who want to take notes in meetings and stay connected on the go.