HP Announces Chromebook x2, World's First Detachable Chromebook

Subject: Systems | April 9, 2018 - 08:00 AM |
Tagged: hp, detachable, core m3-7y30, ChromeOS, chromebook x2, 2-in-1

Today, HP is announcing the Chromebook x2, building upon their existing Chromebook 11 and Chromebook x360 devices.

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As you might have guessed from the "x2" moniker, the HP Chromebook x2 is a detachable 2-in-1 device. While we've seen Acer announce the first ChromeOS tablet a few weeks ago with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the HP Chromebook x2 is the first detachable device to be running ChromeOS.

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HP Chromebook x2
Processor Intel Core M3-7Y30 (Kaby Lake)
Memory 4GB LPDDR3-1600 (Onboard)
Screen 12.3-inch Touchscreen (2400x1600)
Storage 32GB eMMC (non-upgradable)
Camera

HP Wide Vision 5MP Camera (front facing)

13 MP HP Camera (rear facing) 

Wireless Intel 802.11ac 2x2 + BT 4.2
Connections 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C)
MicroSD Card Reader
Audio combo jack
Battery 48 Wh
Dimensions 11.50 in (W) x 8.32 in (D) x 0.33 in (H) 
 1.62 lb (tablet); 3.07 lb (tablet + base)
OS ChromeOS
Price $599 - available starting in June

Specs-wise, the HP Chromebook x2 looks to be one of the higher performance ChromeOS device. Built around an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor, HP is aiming for the Chromebook x2 to be used as a primary computing device for consumers looking for more available horsepower on a ChromeOS device. 

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Along with the tablet mode capabilities come the included HP Active Pen stylus for sketching, notetaking, and navigation. 

Additionally, HP Chromebook X2 will support the running of Android apps from the Google Play Store inside ChromeOS. This will allow users to access more tablet-optimized Android apps, which should be great for media consumption.

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With pricing of $599, with the keyboard dock included, the HP Chromebook x2 is one of the few premium ChromeOS devices we've seen besides Google's Pixel offerings. 

While it remains to be seen if users are interested in the 2-in-1 detachable form factor for a device running ChromeOS, the HP Chromebook x2 seems to be a premium product and a compelling option for users looking for the Chromebook experience.

Source: HP

April 9, 2018 | 12:08 PM - Posted by CB

32 GB eMMC is not acceptable in a $599 device...

April 9, 2018 | 01:32 PM - Posted by RabidRaccoonWithDistemperToo (not verified)

There are full laptops at Microcenter that come with much better resources in the $599/less price range. To this day I'll not pay more for any tablet that costs more than any laptop with the laptop SKU offering a Full OS and better features.

This pricing more for less nonsense has to end!

April 9, 2018 | 01:04 PM - Posted by Anonymoose (not verified)

I agree. Even for a Chromebook, it's unacceptable. How would this be considered a "premium ChromeOS device"?

April 9, 2018 | 03:42 PM - Posted by Gunbuster

An answer in search of a problem...

If you are going to use it as a tablet you will never buy the keyboard.

If you are going to use the keyboard you will likely never detach the keyboard. I'm betting people using the docked config will show less than 5% time running sans keyboard/trackpad from usage telemetry.

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