HP announces two new hybrid laptops

HP has announced it will release two new hybrid laptops this summer in the US.

Hybrid laptops have detachable screens that essentially form a tablet computer when taken away from the keyboard.

Experts say the main advantage of these type of machine is that mobile computing can be combined with a fully featured keyboard to allow for easier internet browsing or heavier word processing.

The SlateBook X2 has a 10-inch screen and will run on the highly-customisable Android platform. HP say it will retail at $479.99 (£314) but have not announced the system’s availability or pricing worldwide.

Also due to be released is the Split X2, a larger 13.3-inch hybrid that will run on Windows 8. This system will cost $799 (£524) and, similarly to the SlateBook X2, has not been confirmed for a non-US release.

David Conrad, director of consumer product management at HP, said: “We see enough interest in it. The response we got to Envy X2 [also a hybrid] has been pretty positive, all things considered. It’s been positive enough where we can expand the line-up.”