HP has announced its brand-new Chromebook a couple of days back with plainly-named HP Chromebook X2 which is termed as the “World’s first Chromebook detachable”. It essentially means you can either use as a conventional laptop with a keyboard attached, or with the keyboard removed in a tablet mode. The HP Chromebook X2 prices in Australia will be around $599.99 (roughly AU$775/£425) and are said to be made available via HP.com in the US from June 10.
So far, there’s no update on pricing and availability for other markets including China, Germany, Switzerland, India, France, Hong Kong, Spain, and Italy. Also, HP Chromebook X2 release date in Australia is yet to be announced.
We’ve done our best and written HP Chromebook X2 review which includes specifications and features you’re looking for.
First and foremost, let’s have a look at HP Chromebook X2 specifications.
Without a doubt, HP strives to position Chromebook X2 as a most affordable option to an iPad Pro along with a keyboard cover Apple Pencil. However, we cannot say we’d ever expected creative advantages to herd to Chrome OS, even with Android Apps on board.
The HP Chromebook X2 is loaded with Chrome OS and 12.3-inches Diagonal 2K IPS WLED-Backlit touchscreen making it a very interesting piece of hardware. For one, very much unlike several detachable, Chromebook X2’s backlit keyboard dock uses a self-supporting hinge which means there’s no need of kickstand of flap business necessary. A year’s old ASUS’s Transformer Pads is kind of like that. Moreover, it’s much easier to convert it by docking the tablet in the hinge backward and folding it back just like Microsoft’s Surface Book. It’s a sensational benefit for those looking to use this thing first and foremost as a laptop.
HP doesn’t sell it as an add-on which clearly believes users are going to be using pen input on this device. The Chromebook X2 is also equipped with a stylus in the box but isn’t that useful at this point and without some more robust integration in popular applications, we don’t see that changing. We all know that Google freaking docs don’t support stylus input, right? So, how are we supposed to believe Google is now pleasing pen input in the OS when Google’s own products don’t? However, that is just an outburst.
Did we just mention the Chromebook X2’s rear and front cameras? Perhaps it’s a plus – the X2 sports a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera. The rear camera is quite useful in case you want to snap a photo of a document to mark up, for example. Coming back to the HP Chromebook X2 display, there’s a 12.3-inches 4:3 QHD display offering 2400 x 1600 of resolution. It’s the whole fan-less tablet which weighs in at a little over 1.6 pounds just a hair lighter as compared to the current-generation Surface Pro.
Talking about Performance, HP Chromebook X2 boasts a 4GB of RAM and a dual-core Core m3 processor with turbo speeds up to 2.6GHz. Isn’t it’s the same processor which was used in the base model 2017 Surface Pro? Yes! And it’s pretty powerful. Possibly, “m3” name may put you off, it’s nearly equal to the Core i5 in Google’s Pixelbook in all regards. The 48Wh battery, on the other hand, provides around 10.5 hours of usage according to HP, that is believable for a Chromebook, and it can be charged via a 45W USB-C adapter with ease.
Rumors are circulating that the X2 will be loaded with an 8GB of RAM, but HP didn’t provide any valid detail on memory, pricing, release date or any other difference between the SKUs. We’re pretty sure that the 4GB model goes on sale June 10th, for previously mentioned $599 in the US.