HP back in the tablet game with Envy x2 Hybrid

First attempt since the TouchPad sports Windows 8 and keyboard dock

HP has released details of the new Envy x2 Hybrid, its first attempt at a tablet since last year's ill-fated HP TouchPad

Unlike the HP TouchPad, which relied on WebOS, the Envy x2 will be packing Windows 8. And - similar to the Asus Vivo Tab and Samsung Series 7 Hybrid - will also feature a QWERTY keyboard dock.

The 11.6-inch Envy x2 will be powered by an Intel Atom "Clover Trail" processor and 64GB of SSD storage. No stripped down version of Windows either - this will run the full Windows 8 operating system making it, in effect, a laptop that just happens to detach into a tablet.

The keyboard itself is full-sized and looks like a comfortable way to compose an email or three. There's a built-in battery that should mean a decent amount of portability and the option to recharge the tablet from the dock.

HP is utilising the Envy brand from its premium laptop range, and have included several tasty features like Beats Audio and NFC compatability. The Envy x2 also houses a rear-facing 8MP camera and an HD webcam on the front for video chat.

This might be the start of good things for HP, after a pretty torrid year which saw some pretty major restructuring going on at the American company. Our first impressions of the Envy x2 are good - but when the keyboard dock is attached it appears a little on the bulky side.

Not only that, but HP has yet to reveal any kind of pricing details for the Envy x2. This will likely make or break the device and HP will be keen to avoid any repeat of the well-publicised death of the TouchPad.