HP Unveils The World’s First Detachable Chromebook x2

What you see in the image above is the world’s very first detachable Chromebook: the HP Chromebook X2.

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 keyboard is reinforced with metal internally, providing a rigid, strong base.

HINGE:  The HP X2 (thanks again, HP for a tight name) will take aim directly at consumers and will be unique in lots of ways thanks to its hinge.  The HP Chromebook X2 has a hinged base that is firm and actuating. This means that when the device has the keyboard portion attached, you can open and close it like a clamshell. As a matter of fact, if you pop the tablet portion off and flip it around, you can also use the tent and display modes just like a convertible if you wish. You can also close it all the way up and hold it in tablet mode without the keys exposed (since the screen has been flipped around, unlike convertibles).  With a simple magnetic clasp, the whole thing can be easily pulled into two pieces without buttons or any weird software quirks.

SCREEN:  Well, the panel being used here is the same one in the Samsung Chromebook Pro/Plus and the Pixelbook. 12.3-inches, 400nits, 2400×1600 and all-around fantastic.   it is really great!

KEYBOARD/TRACKPAD/PEN:  You are getting a full-sized keyboard, what looks like a sizable trackpad, and an AES Wacom-powered pen. As a great bonus, the pen sheath on the side looks well placed and firm.  Oh yeah, they also give you the pen with the Chromebook, not as an additional purchase.

PORTS:  The port layout is mostly standard with a USB-C on each side, a microSD slot, headphone/mic jack, and front-firing speakers tuned by B&O.  HP has taken care to slot speakers in the bezels on the screen to provide front-firing sound at all times.

INTERNALS: Processor: Intel® Core™ M3-7Y30;  Memory: 4GB or 8GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM;  Graphics: Intel® HD Graphics 615;  Storage: 32 GB eMMC;  Cameras: Wide Vision 5MP Front-Facing Camera / 13 MP Rear-Facing Camera; Wireless: Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth® 4.2.  The most important thing we can say about the processor is this is a 7th-gen Kaby Lake Core m3 and it is a much better processor than the 6th-gen Skylake predecessor. Benchmarks show a 23% improvement in overall performance and speed, so this device should be a great performer.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY:  HP has hit a great price point here and the HP Chromebook X2 will be available from June 10, 2018 for $599. I’m sure there will be some of you who think this is too high, and we won’t debate that until we have a proper review unit on hand to really see if the build is as premium as HP is touting. If it is, I think HP has put together a very compelling package at a very reasonable price.

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The information for this post was taken from an article by Robby Payne in chrome UNBOXED, follow this link for the complete details.

Here is some additional information from various sources:  engadget, PCWorld, liliputing, and LAPTOP Mag