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
Dimensions
(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 HP.com 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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  • Retycint - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    It is dual core, but the performance is far above the pentium/celeron dual cores you normally find at the $300-400 price point. In fact, the Intel MSRP for the i7-7Y50 is actually $393 (from the official intel database) so $600 is actually decently cheap all things considered Reply
  • Retycint - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    Ok apparently I can't read because this is using an M3 and not the i7. Nevertheless, the M3 has an MSRP of $281 so $450 is still quite improbable Reply
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    How is this Quad HD ?

    1280X720 is defined as HD

    2400 divided by 1280 is a 1.875x improvement
    1600 divided by 720 is a 2.2222x improvement

    1.875x plus 2.2222x = 4.0972

    4.0972 divided by 2 gives you an average of 2.0486x improvement

    This is double HD, not Quad
    Reply
  • PeachNCream - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    I'm positively awful at math too, but I think the calculation goes more like this:

    1280 x 720 = 921,600 pixels

    2400 x 1600 = 3,840,000 pixels

    The higher resolution screen offers more than 4x the number of pixels so it's reasonable to refer to it as QHD.
    Reply
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    Yeah, I get it that 4 HD displays will fit into the same space as one with "double" the width and "double" the height

    I just don't like the math

    It's both double and quad at the same time
    Reply
  • MrSpadge - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    Yep, about 2x the pixels in each dimension = 4x the area. Reply
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    Yup....

    Time to make popcorn & watch something on my 3.75K TV
    Reply
  • SirPerro - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    Quad means 4x the resolution.

    Resolution means pixels per area unit. A surface is two dimensional.

    Comparing 1D resolution Vs 2D resolution is like apples Vs oranges
    Reply
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    "Quad means 4x the resolution."
    ------------------------------------------
    No, resolution is like lines on a ruler
    If you double the number of lines per inch, you get twice the resolution

    Quad HD gives you twice the resolution and 4 times the area
    Resolution and area are two different things
    Reply
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 09, 2018 - link

    QUAD HD
    Now with TWICE the resolution of HD!
    Reply

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