HP Chromebook x2, worlds first detachable screen Chromebook tablet/notebook

; Date: Sun Apr 08 2018

Tags: Chromebook

A tablet-like computer running both ChromeOS and Android, with a detachable keyboard, has exciting potential. The keyboard is there if/when required, and it operates as a tablet (with pen) when/if required. Potentially it's the best of both worlds, offering keyboard, touch, and pen input, to applications running in either browser or Android applications. The pen is only available for selected models. As a tablet, it is an ultra-thin device (8.2mm) weighing a diminuitive 1.62 lbs. Attaching the keyboard makes it 15mm, and increases weight to 3.14 lbs. It sports a 7th generation Core processor, up to 8GB memory, up to 32GB SSD storage, and has an MicroSD slot for up to 256GB external storage. It has two USB type C ports for charging and data transfer. Price starts at US $599, with availability starting in June 2018 through the HP online store and Best Buy.

Palo Alto, Calif., April 9, 2018 – HP, Inc. today unveiled the world’s first Chromebook detachable[1] packing all the productivity benefits of Chrome OS and popularity of Android into a sleek, versatile, powerful, and secure device.

Chromebooks are one of the fastest-growing segments of the PC category, growing more than 50% over the past two years[2]. HP is focused on delivering and evolving its Chromebook portfolio to meet this growing demand to have access to the Google ecosystem on exciting, flexible form factors.

“The HP Chromebook x2 hits a trifecta for customers, combining the productivity of the Chrome OS and power of the world’s most-used app platform into a versatile form factor ideal for experiencing all the Google ecosystem has to offer,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. “As the world’s first Chromebook detachable, it will unlock new ways for people to create, collaborate and consume within Chrome and the Google Play Store[3].”

HP Chromebook x2

The stunningly thin and light HP Chromebook x2 is the world’s first Chromebook detachable1 offering long battery life with great performance and exceptional features for productivity, sharing, and entertainment.

Specific features include:

Powerful and sleek: Users can power through their day and play with their favorite Android apps with up to 10 hours of battery life[4] in a tablet only 8.2 mm thin and weighing 1.62 pounds5. With the included keyboard the device is 15.3 mm thin and weighs 3.14 pounds[5]. This thin, powerful Chromebook detachable features 7th Gen Intel® CoreTM processors[6] and up to 8GB LPDDR3 of memory to browse and run Android apps.

Designed for the way you work: Go from productivity to creativity seamlessly with the HP Chromebook x2 with the versatility to use the device in a variety of modes. The magnetic hinge allows for easy detaching of the tablet and provides the strength and rigidity to keep it attached and upright when used as a laptop. The hinge design allows for the tablet to be placed in multiple modes for users to enjoy an amazing touch and pen[7] experience for work, school, and entertainment.

Durable and striking elegance: The HP Chromebook x2 is nothing less than premium with a ceramic white anodized aluminum finish and a leather-like surface in Oxford Blue on the detachable full-sized keyboard. The Quad HD[8] 12.3-inch diagonal Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 touch display for increased durability and scratch resistance when on the go.

Built to entertain: Experience apps from Google Play store as a tablet or notebook with a touch screen and active pen. The Chromebook x2 offers plenty of space to store treasured content with up to 32 GB of built in storage with Micro SD expansion up to 256 GB[9] along with 100 GB of free Google Cloud storage for two years[10]. Dual speakers with audio custom tuned by B&O Play and front 5 MP and rear 13 MP cameras to deliver a rich entertainment experience.

Ample ports: The HP Chromebook x2 offers a broad array of ports to meet connectivity needs including two USB TypeC™ for data transfer, charging and display, a Micro SD port, and Audio jacks.

Pricing and Availability [11]

HP Chromebook x2 starting pricing is $599.99 and expected to be available via (hp.com) HP.com and Best Buy on June 10.

About the Author(s)

(davidherron.com) David Herron : David Herron is a writer and software engineer focusing on the wise use of technology. He is especially interested in clean energy technologies like solar power, wind power, and electric cars. David worked for nearly 30 years in Silicon Valley on software ranging from electronic mail systems, to video streaming, to the Java programming language, and has published several books on Node.js programming and electric vehicles.
1. [1]: Based on Chromebooks on the market as of April 9, 2018.
1. [2]: IDC PC Tracker CQ4’17
1. [3]: Google apps not included and sold separately.
1. [4]: Based on HP internal testing. Depending on system configuration, your results may vary. Testing conducted by HP using Google Chrome OS power_LoadTest. Battery life will vary and the maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See http://www.chromium.org/chromium-os/testing/power-testing for test details.
1. [5]: Weight and system dimensions may fluctuate due to configuration and manufacturing variances.
1. [6]: Multi-core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
1. [7]: Digital pen included with select models.
1. [8]: Quad HD (high-definition) content required to view Quad HD images.
1. [9]: For hard drives, GB = 1 billion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 35GB of system disk is reserved for system recovery software.
1. [10]: The OneDrive free cloud storage offer is available for a limited time. Storage offer available for 2 years from the date you redeem. See www.microsoft.com/onedrive for full offer.
1. [11]: Pricing and availability subject to change.