HP has announced its third-generation Elite x2 2-in-1 hybrid PCs for enterprise and government clients. The new Elite x2 1013 systems received faster quad-core processors along with a larger display while retaining approximate weight and dimensions when compared to previous-gen convertibles released a year ago.

When HP introduced its first-gen Elite x2 2-in-1 two years ago, the company revealed its “power of a notebook, flexibility of a tablet” design philosophy and has been following it since then. The first-gen Elite x2 was powered by a Skylake-Y ULV SoC and outfitted with as 12.1-inch display. By contrast, HP’s third-gen Elite x2 1013 2-in-1 hybrid computers are based on Intel’s 8th Generation Core processors with two or four cores and are equipped with a larger 13-inch LCD with a 3000×2000 resolution and a 450 bits brightness or a 1920×1280 resolution with a 700 nits brightness as well as HP’s Sure View privacy screen. When it comes to memory and storage, the system features 16 GB of LPDDR3-2133 memory, and a 128 GB – 512 GB SSD (SED or FIPS 140-2 encrypted for models aimed at government agencies). Essentially, HP’s latest Elite x2 2-in-1s offer performance of 13-inch high-performance laptops, but in a modern form-factor.

When it comes to wireless connectivity, the HP Elite x2 1013 G3 is equipped with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth module, and a 4G/LTE modem with GPS. Unlike the previous-gen model, the new Elite x2 does not support WiGig, so the new hybrid is not compatible with wireless docks developed for earlier PCs. As for wired I/O, the Elite x2 1013 G3 comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector, eliminating a USB Type-A header and an SD card reader featured on the previous-gen Elite x2 machine. Apparently, HP believes that two TB3 ports are enough for docking and connecting to necessary devices (e.g., an external graphics subsystem).

Moving on to other features of the HP Elite x2 1013 G3. Since this is a hybrid PC, it is equipped with all the sensors found in modern tablets, including an accelerometer, a gyro, an ambient light sensor, a magnetometer, a proximity sensor, and a Hall sensor. Obviously, the system also has a triple-microphone array, stereo speakers co-developed with Bang & Olufsen, a 5 MP front-facing webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello, and an 8 MP back-facing camera on the rear.

Now, time to talk about portability and battery life of the Elite x2 1013 G3. The tablet itself weighs 820 grams and is 7.9 mm thick, in line with the previous-generation product (in fact, it is ~1 mm thinner). When equipped with a keyboard the weight increases to 1.17 kilograms, whereas the thickness rises to 1.33 cm (lower than the previous-gen Elite x2). Due to space constraints, HP could only squeeze a 50 Wh battery into the new hybrid PC and this battery pack enables 10.5 hours of work on one charge.

HP’s Elite x2 1013 G3 2-in-1 convertible computers will hit the market this June with prices starting at $1,499, which is considerably higher than $1,099, the starting price of the Elite x2 1012 G2.

Specifications of the HP Elite x2
  HP Elite x2
1012 G2
HP Elite x2
1013 G3
LCD Diagonal 12.3" 13"
Resolution 2736×1824 3000×2000
1920×1280 with SureView
Brightness 450 cd/m² 450 cd/m²
700 cd/m²
CPU Core i7-7600U (2C/4T, 4 MB,  2.8/3.9 GHz)
Core i5-7300U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.6/3.5 GHz)
Core i5-7200U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.5/3.1 GHz)
Core i3-7100U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.4 GHz)
Core i7-8650U (4C/8T, 8MB, 1.9/4.2 GHz)
Core i7-8550U (4C/8T, 8 MB, 1.8/4 GHz)
Core i5-8350U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.7/3.6 GHz)
Core i5-8250U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.6/3.4 GHz)
Core i3-8130U (2C/4T, 4 MB, 2.2/3.4 GHz)
Graphics HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs) UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage 128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
256 GB - 1 TB M.2 PCIe NVMe TLC SED SSD
256 GB - 512 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
360 GB M.2 PCle 3.0 x4 TLC SSD
256 GB - 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
256 GB - 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
256 GB - 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
256 GB - 512 GB PCIe M.2 SED SSD
512 GB M.2 SATA FIPS 140-2 SSD
128 GB PCIe M.2 SSD
Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS and WiGig options Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
HP hs3210 WW HSPA+ Mobile Broadband
HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile Broadband
Intel Tri Band Wireless-AC 18265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.2 WiGig Combo
HP lt4120 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Mobile Broadband
HP lt4226 LTE/HSPA+ Qualcomm Gobi 4G Module
HP lt4225 LTE/EV-DO Qualcomm Gobi 4G Module
u-blox EVA-M8M M.2 GPS module 8,9,10,11
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 non-vPro

Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2 vPro;

HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ with GPS Mobile Broadband Module

HP lt4220
LTE/HSPA+ with GPS Mobile Broadband Module
USB 3.1 1 × TB 3 2 × TB 3
3.0 1 × Type-A 1 × Type-C (with charging)
Thunderbolt 1 × TB 3 (for charging, data, DP 1.2 displays) 1 × TB 3 (for data, DP 1.2 displays)
Card Reader MicroSD -
Cameras Front 5 MP front-facing camera + IR camera for face authentication 5 MP front-facing camera + IR camera for face authentication
Back 8 MP rear-facing camera with flash LED 8 MP rear-facing camera
Fingerprint Sensor Yes Yes
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack
Other Sensors Tablet Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyro, ambient light sensor, proximity (SAR for WWAN) Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyro, ambient light sensor, proximity (SAR for WWAN)
Keyboard Hall effect, dual
Accelerometers
Hall effect, dual
Accelerometers (?)
Battery 47 Wh 50 Wh
Thickness 91 mm (tablet)
146 mm (with keyboard)
79 mm (tablet)
133 mm (with keyboard)
Weight 800 grams (tablet)
1.15 kg (with travel keyboard)
1.33 kg (with advanced keyboard)
820 grams (tablet)
1.17 kg (with keyboard)
Launch Price Starting at $1099 Starting at $1499

 

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  • PeachNCream - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    Oh that looks really nice, but I do get a sense that the keyboard gets close to covering the bottom edge of the screen based on some of the photos. I guess if you're sitting right in front of it at a desk, it's probably not an issue.

    What does "...stereo speakers co-developed with Bang & Olufsen..." actually mean for sound quality when it comes to the integrated speakers? It seems like such a small, cramped tablet wouldn't offer high quality sound without using a set of decent headphones, but not having to carry something extra along with me would be nice if the tablet's built-in speakers were sufficient.
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  • tipoo - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    All it means is Bang & Olufsen will take money to slap their name on any turd with a speaker cone.

    It's possible to make good sounding speakers this small (iPad Pro), but we'll have to see for this specific model.
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  • niva - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    I'm sure they'll make money, I don't know what their cred is, but speaker design in small devices is a big deal and could make a very dramatic difference in the sound output capabilities. I'd reserve judgment until the stuff is tested and the reviews are out, but this shows they're paying attention to these aspects. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, May 18, 2018 - link

    So it's more like just a marketing thing rather than an indication there's actually some effort that speaker quality is somehow better...I mean short of there being a review to verify that anyway. Reply
  • vithrell - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    In "Thunderbolt" row of the table it says "1 × TB 3 (for data, DP 1.2 displays)" shouldn't it be 2 × TB 3? Reply
  • tokyojerry - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    There is only one thunderbolt 3 port. Thus 1 x TB3. The parenthesis indicates the functions that one port can do. In the cheaper model, charging, in the more expensive model, not. Reply
  • vortexmak - Thursday, May 17, 2018 - link

    Anton, can you please find out if this has charger DRM like the old HP convertibles did?
    Also the x2 only took 12V USB C power supplies which made it incompatible with a lot of USB PD power supplies since they are normally 5, 9, 15 and 20 V
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  • DavidEngineer - Thursday, January 24, 2019 - link

    Review of the HP EliteBook X2 1013
    There isn’t much to complain about when it comes to this tablet/laptop device. I’m a long time Surface Pro user who wanted a larger screened device because of aging eyes. From a hardware standpoint, the HP unit is comparable, or even superior to the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 product in its performance and port selection. When comparing this device to the competition there are a few specifications which make this HP unit more attractive. For instance, increasing the screen size to 13.0” from 12.3”, while maintaining a high pixel count, makes the visual presentation easier on the eyes. That said, the brightness on the HP screen doesn’t quite match up to the Surface, so increasing the settings above the default was necessary. And, the larger screen will consume more power, thereby reducing battery life slightly. But the screen is excellent for productivity work, and most users will greatly enjoy using it. Another welcome addition is the inclusion of a USB-C Thunderbolt port. That said, the absence of a USB-A port on a business device is a serious inconvenience.

    Besides the screen, another area where this unit diverges slightly from the winning Microsoft formula is in the keyboard design. For some reason, the key layout feels trickier to type on, even though the physical size is comparable. This might be a personal problem, as the overall keyboard design is very good. But it’s not quite as good a fit for my fingers as the Microsoft products that I am accustomed to.

    Another area where the HP implementation differs from Microsoft is the kickstand. The Microsoft design is a flat plane of sheet-metal, whereas the HP product use hollow aluminum frame. Truthfully, it’s not the design of the actual stand that bothers me, but the maximum angle for depressing the screen. In the latest generation of Microsoft product, you can lower the tablet to a very shallow angle that nearly touches the table. This angle is great for taking notes using the optional digital inking pen. The HP product, unfortunately, uses the older Microsoft design with a higher angle off the table. This is fine for digital art, but I found it awkward for taking notes with the included stylus. Unfortunately, this is my primary use of the pen and the sole reason for using a tablet versus a traditional laptop. In fact, I gave up and closed the kickstand altogether and propped the back of the unit on a slim book to simulate the angle of the Surface Pro 6.
    While we are on the topic of pens, HP decided to omit the magnetic edges from this device’s case to allow the pen to snap into place when not in use. They included this on their sister clamshell laptop designs, just like Microsoft does with the Surface. Instead, the 1013 has the now outdated loop on the keyboard to help you from losing you pen during transit. And, Microsoft’s pen design includes a, eraser function by turning over the stylus. This is great for notetakers.

    Another difference with the HP kickstand is how it’s angle and weight relates to the larger screen and body shape. Because the screen is taller, and the kickstand is hollow, the HP unit is top heavy when compared to the Microsoft product. I had a few instances, when trying to nudge the computer away from me on the desk, that the unit simply fell over backwards. The Microsoft Surface never did that for me. I suspect this won’t be a problem for most people. But, since I use a standing desk laptop stand, my unit fell off the raised stand onto the desk below with a memorable “thunk.”

    By glancing at the imbedded devices and components in the control panel, it appears HP borrowed a lot of it’s design from Microsoft, which is not surprising since Microsoft’s goal for the Surface line is to move the industry forward. As I mentioned, the HP Elite X2 1013 has a lot going for it including the ability to customize the features to your needs, including LTE support, and the ability for your IT staff to perform on-site repairs. Some enterprise IT departments may like the security software loaded on the device, but I was frustrated with the endless amount of bloatware.

    Ultimately, there are a few design considerations that make the Microsoft Surface a little more useful on a day to day basis for me. If you are satisfied with the smaller 12.3” screen and limited port selection, you might want to stick with the reigning leader in this form factor.
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