Read more: arstechnicaHP is buying big into the Windows 8 touch notebook concept, as demonstrated by three models announced Thursday. One tablet-hybrid model and two notebooks will debut in time for the holiday season, combining the traditional keyboard and touchpad laptop interactions with the Metro-optimized Windows 8 touchscreen.
The HP Envy X2 is the most intriguing of the models, with an 11.6-inch tablet that detaches from a notebook-like keyboard base. The Envy X2 has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 720p front-facing camera, and a 64GB solid-state drive contained in the tablet half of the body. The IPS tablet screen weighs 1.5 pounds, and the tablet and keyboard base weigh a total of 3.1 pounds. The tablet is also NFC-enabled, which allows users to "share content, including photos, contacts and URLs with a simple tap."