The Chromebook x2 will be the first high-end Chrome OS tablet with a 12.3-inch screen to take on Apple’s iPad Pro.
HP has unveiled the Chromebook x2 in efforts to join Acer into manufacturing Chrome OS devices that don’t necessarily need a keyboard anymore. Touted as the world’s first detachable Chrome OS tablet, the Chromebook x2 will be able to be used as a traditional notebook with a keyboard or a regular tablet running Chrome OS with the keyboard removed. HP has revealed that the x2 will start selling on June 10 with a starting price of $599.99 (approx. Rs 38,900) to rival Apple’s iPad Pro which comes around the same price bracket.
Like the Acer Chromebook Tab 10 which released a couple weeks ago at a $329 price point, the Chromebook x2 is a powerful machine, though its integrated 1GHz Core m3 processor wouldn’t exactly justify the notebook on paper. The HP Chromebook X2 is powered by the 7th generation Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor, which comes with Intel HD Graphics 615 integrated graphics. It has either 4GB or 8GB of LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM, which is paired with 32GB of eMMC storage. It has a 12.3-inch 2400×1600 IPS WLED-backlight touchscreen display.
It has a 13MP rear camera, and a wide vision 5MP front-facing camera. It comes with Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2. Its speakers are enhanced by B&O Play. It has a full-size island-style keyboard, and a touchpad that supports active gestures. It comes with the HP Active Pen in the box.
In terms of connectivity, the HP Chromebook X2 has 2 USB Type-C (USB 3.0 Gen 1) ports, and a 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack. Finally, it’s powered by a 4-cell, 48Wh battery. Let’s go into more detail regarding the hardware:
HP Chromebook X2 – hardware and specifications
The HP Chromebook X2 has a premium design with a ceramic white anodized aluminium finish and a leather-like surface in Oxford Blue on the detachable full-sized keyboard. The keyboard is also reinforced with metal internally, which should provide a rigid base.
|HP Chromebook X2||Specifications|
|CPU||Intel Core M3-7Y30|
|Memory||4GB or 8GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 615|
|Storage||32 GB eMMC|
|Display||12.3-inch diagonal IPS WLED-backlit touchscreen (2400 x 1600)|
|Wireless||Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2|
|Input||Full-size island-style keyboard / Touchpad supporting multi-touch gestures / HP Active Pen|
|Ports||2 USB Type-C 3.0 Gen 1 Ports / Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack|
|Battery||4-cell, 48 Wh lithium-ion battery|
|Dimensions||292.1 x 211.33 x 8.38mm|
|Weight||735g (tablet) / 1.39kg (tablet + base)|
There is a microSD slot for expanding the memory to up to 256GB as well as two USB-C ports for transferring data and charging. The device runs on the web dependent Chrome OS interface with the ability to run Android apps as well which is certainly a huge plus considering the abundance of apps that are available on the Google Play Store.
While HP flaunts the x2 as a detachable Chrome OS tablet, the machine also comes with a keyboard that the company claims to be sturdier than in other convertibles. The magnetic hinge rotates in order to align with the tablet thus making it easier to use either on a table or a user’s lap.
Though the Chromebook x2 runs on the education-based interface, it falls among the higher end of Chrome OS devices, being the only one of them to remain detachable. HP has silently pitched the Chromebook x2 as a rival to the current generation of Apple’s iPad Pro which comes at $649 (approx. Rs 42,000) with the former being a slightly cheaper alternative. With that being said, the x2 is in real terms a laptop that can be turned into a tablet and the iPad Pro is just an iOS tablet with support for additional keyboards. It comes down to whether users would want to rely on a Chrome OS convertible that has premium specifications.