Chromebooks are still seen is one of the faster-growing segments of the PC category, and today HP is unveiling a detachable device with its new Chromebook x2.  The Chromebook x2 claims to combine the functionality of Chrome OS into a more versatile form factor. The Chromebook x2 will feature a 7th Generation Intel Core-Y series processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a 12.3-inch IPS WLED-backlit touchscreen. These specifications, along with access to the Google Play store, are aiming to provide users with a high-performing device for productivity and entertainment purposes in a flexible form factor.

The exterior of the has a premium look to it with a ceramic white anodized aluminum finish and an almost leather-like Oxford Blue surface on the keyboard. The Quad HD (2400x1600) 12.3-inch IPS screen is said to have increased durability and scratch resistance with its Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touch display. Switching from a productivity mode to a creative mode should be seamless with its magnetic hinge. The hinge provides the strength and rigidity necessary to keep it attached and upright while in laptop mode, yet should make it easy to detach when transitioning to a tablet. The tablet section measures in at 8.2mm and 1.62 lbs (or 15.3mm and 4.14 lbs with the keyboard).

Hardware wise, the Chromebook x2 uses an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor (two cores with hyperthreading). The base configuration includes 4 GB LPDDR3-1600  and supports up to 8 GB total (although memory is not user accessible). Internal storage comes with 32 GB eMMC memory, expandable to 256 GB through a microSD card slot. Putting an image on the screen is the Intel HD Graphics 615 solution integrated into the CPU which is enough for Google Play games and entertainment purposes. With all this hardware, battery life is expected to last around 10 hours.

For networking and connectivity, the Chromebook x2 gets out to the internet using an 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and supports Bluetooth 4.2 – no wired network options are available without a USB dongle. There is a multi-format digital card reader, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports, and a headphone/microphone combo jack for audio. When not using headphones, the Chromebook x2 has two integrated stereo HP speakers custom tuned by B&O Play. It also includes the HP Active Pen for sketch, blend, and write capabilities. The detachable island-style keyboard with an integrated numeric pad is backlit to help users working in darker environments.

HP Chromebook x2
Type Detachable Chromebook
Processors Intel Core M3-7Y30 (2C/4T, 2.6 GHz Max. Turbo)
Maximum Memory 8 GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM
Network Connectivity 802.11ac Dual Band 2x2, Bluetooth 4.2
Internal Storage 32 GB eMMC (expandable to 256 GB via Micro SD expansion)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 615
Expansion Slots Micro SD Card reader
Display 12.3" 2K (2400x1600) IPS WLED-backlit touchscreen panel
Ports and Connectors 2 x USB 3.0 Type-C
1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
Input Device Full-size island-style backlit keyboard w/number pad
Camera HP Wide Vision 5MP front facing
HP 13MP rear facing
Power 48Wh 4-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
45W Slim AC Adapter
(W x D x H) 
11.50" x 8.32" x 0.33"
Weight 1.62 lbs (tablet), 3.07 lbs (tablet + base)
Price (Starting) $599

Overall the HP Chromebook x2 looks like an interesting product offering users a new 2-in-1 option in the Chromebook ecosystem. It will be available through and Best Buy on June 10th starting off at $599. Additional announcements from HP's Spring Range will be released in the coming days. 

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  • tipoo - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Seems to surprise someone with every new laptop but Intel still does not support LPDDR4, and DDR4 is higher on idle power for an ultraportable like this, so people are stuck on LPDDR3 for smallish batteries.
  • frenchy_2001 - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    I just acquired a fairly similar convertible: Asus transformer 3 pro.
    Bought it refurbed on ebay for $520. It has a slightly larger 12.6" screen, with a bit more resolution (2880x1920) and a full size core 6th gen processor (15W version).
    Came similarly with pen and keyboard.

    - full windows 10
    - more RAM (8GB)
    - lot more storage (512GB)
    - bad battery life (~6h)
    - mediocre tablet (win 10)
    - noisy fan unless throttled

    For my usage (media tablet and particularly comic reader), it works great.
    If this tablet had been out a few months earlier, I would have considered it.

    Still looking into installing ChromeOS/Android as dual boot onto the ASUS. May make it into a better tablet and better battery life...

    PS: there still are similar tablets for sale on ebay if anyone wants...
  • CajunMoses - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    You can't install real Chrome OS. You must buy a Chromebook/Chromebox/Chromebase to get real Chrome OS. If you want something really very to Chrome OS, albeit without integral Play Store, Neverware sells a product called CloudReady. CloudReady is based on Chromium OS and will install on most any recent PC that uses an Intel CPU. Though I've heard that a version of Android exists that will dual-boot with Windows.
  • DanNeely - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    That hinge looks like it'd be uncomfortable on your lap, the pic with it all the way open shows it resting on a corner not the rounded part.
  • HStewart - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    That was the first thing I notice on this machine - extremely ugly for laptop in my opinion.
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    Ironically, I was thinking that hinge looks super-cool.
  • JackTheBear - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    It looks fantastic, but $600 is too steep for a dual core Chromebook with integrated Intel graphics. $399 seems like a good price for this. Maybe $450 if they want to push it.
  • HStewart - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Especially for a Chromebook, I would think a Y cpu would be upper end for Chromebooks
  • uhuznaa - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    A 12.9" iPad Pro is faster, but with the keyboard and pen it's more than $1000. This basically is a high-end ChromeBook and a huge and not at all shabby Android tablet in one. An LTE modem would have been great though. A mobile device that needs the Internet all the time with WiFi only always seems a bit incomplete to me...
  • HStewart - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    But iPad Pro is limited on types of applications you can use - then again so is Android and Chromebook.

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