Today, HP is announcing the Chromebook x2, building upon their existing Chromebook 11 and Chromebook x360 devices.
As you might have guessed from the "x2" moniker, the HP Chromebook x2 is a detachable 2-in-1 device. While we've seen Acer announce the first ChromeOS tablet a few weeks ago with the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the HP Chromebook x2 is the first detachable device to be running ChromeOS.
|HP Chromebook x2|
|Processor||Intel Core M3-7Y30 (Kaby Lake)|
|Memory||4GB LPDDR3-1600 (Onboard)|
|Screen||12.3-inch Touchscreen (2400×1600)|
|Storage||32GB eMMC (non-upgradable)|
HP Wide Vision 5MP Camera (front facing)
13 MP HP Camera (rear facing)
|Wireless||Intel 802.11ac 2×2 + BT 4.2|
|Connections||2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type-C)
MicroSD Card Reader
Audio combo jack
|Dimensions||11.50 in (W) x 8.32 in (D) x 0.33 in (H)
1.62 lb (tablet); 3.07 lb (tablet + base)
|Price||$599 – available starting in June|
Specs-wise, the HP Chromebook x2 looks to be one of the higher performance ChromeOS device. Built around an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor, HP is aiming for the Chromebook x2 to be used as a primary computing device for consumers looking for more available horsepower on a ChromeOS device.
Along with the tablet mode capabilities come the included HP Active Pen stylus for sketching, notetaking, and navigation.
Additionally, HP Chromebook X2 will support the running of Android apps from the Google Play Store inside ChromeOS. This will allow users to access more tablet-optimized Android apps, which should be great for media consumption.
With pricing of $599, with the keyboard dock included, the HP Chromebook x2 is one of the few premium ChromeOS devices we've seen besides Google's Pixel offerings.
While it remains to be seen if users are interested in the 2-in-1 detachable form factor for a device running ChromeOS, the HP Chromebook x2 seems to be a premium product and a compelling option for users looking for the Chromebook experience.