HP Envy x2 (Snapdragon 835) review: A huge gas tank, but not enough horsepower

The Good The HP Envy x2 looks slick, has terrific battery life and comes with LTE connectivity. The included HP Digital Pen lets you take advantage of the sharp 12.3-inch touchscreen without smudging it up.

The Bad The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that powers the Envy x2 just isn’t powerful enough. It only has one port, a USB-C slot.

The Bottom Line While it has many strengths, the HP Envy x2 doesn’t have enough processing power to make it an easy recommendation.

Every year, new smartphones come out with fancy new processors that promise quicker speeds than you’ve ever experience. Every year, I buy one of these smartphones and find that, yeah, it’s fast, but that new power isn’t really needed to browse the internet or surf Instagram.

That’s why when Microsoft and Qualcomm announced a new line of Windows 10 ARM laptops and two-in-one’s, using smartphone processors, I thought I wouldn’t notice a huge day-to-day difference. My phone has been fast enough for years, so the latest smartphone processors should be more than robust enough to power most basic laptop functions.

Unfortunately, the transition isn’t all that smooth.

The HP Envy x2 is 12.3-inch tablet that doubles as a laptop thanks to an included keyboard case. It runs on Windows 10S, a modified version of Windows 10 that only allows you to use programs from Microsoft’s app store, although it’s easy to upgrade to the full-fledged Windows 10. The hook? Thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside, which replaces the more traditional Intel CPUs found in most laptops, the Envy X2’s battery can last up to 22 hours, at least according to HP. Plus, it has always-on LTE connectivity.

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