HP targets business users with new laptop/tablet hybrid

HP Pro 612

Mobile workforces demand devices that are powerful enough to perform a range of functions but still retain maximum portability.

Convertible PCs that can play the role of laptop and tablet by flipping the screen around are an obvious choice. HP's latest announcement though takes a slightly different approach with a tablet that detaches completely from the keyboard to offer added flexibility.

HP claims that the HP Pro x2 612 is its first commercial detachable PC designed from the ground up for enterprise users. It features a 12.5-inch display, a choice of Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, and dual HD webcams. Security features include HP Client Security, HP Sure Start and an optional fingerprint reader.

"While the use of technology in business has allowed a blurring of the line that separates work and life, many businesses require updated technology that delivers a secure and satisfying experience to its employees," says Enrique Lores, senior vice president and general manager, Commercial PCs at HP. "HP continues to innovate secure business devices that allow employees to be productive and stylish wherever work -- or life -- takes them".

The Pro x2 612 will be available in a number of configurations. You can start off with the Pro Tablet 612 on its own. This can be teamed with a slim, back-lit travel keyboard featuring a USB 3.0 port, combo audio jack and a power connector.

Alternatively you can opt for the full-size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery. This features VGA, RJ-45, DisplayPort and two USB 3.0 ports along with a side docking connector for the optional HP UltraSlim dock. In this configuration you have the advantage of two batteries one in the tablet and one in the keyboard. These provide a claimed eight hours and 15 minutes of battery life for the tablet and up to 14 hours and 15 minutes for the tablet and keyboard combined.

There's also the option of a battery-free Wacom pen to allow users to write and draw accurately on the screen.

The HP Pro x2 612 is expected to be on sale from September. No pricing is available at the moment but you can sign up to be notified of availability via the product page on the HP site.

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