With Chromebooks now one of the faster-growing segments of the PC category, manufacturers are looking to entice users with more upmarket models, and HP’s new Chromebook x2 packs in an impressive spec sheet at a reasonable price.
Running on a 7th Generation Intel Core-Y series processor, the Chromebooks comes with up to 8 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, plus access to the Google Play store.
Showcasing a premium look with a ceramic white anodised aluminium finish and Oxford Blue surface on the keyboard, star of the show is the detachable Quad HD (2400×1600) 12.3-inch IPS screen protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touch display.
The laptop’s magnetic hinge means it can be pulled out to make a tablet, much like the old Android Asus Transformer laptops from a few years back.
Inside the Chromebook x2 can be found an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor (two cores with hyperthreading) backed by Intel HD Graphics 615, with the base configuration offering 4 GB LPDDR3-1600 RAM, with support for a healthy 8 GB in total.
Internal storage comes with 32 GB eMMC memory, expandable to 256 GB through a microSD card slot and there’s two integrated stereo HP speakers custom tuned by B&O Play for playback.
Connectivity options include 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, a multi-format digital card reader, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports, and a headphone/microphone combo jack for audio.
There’s two cameras on board: a 5-megapixel front camera, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and battery life is rated at 10.5 hours.
|HP Chromebook x2|
|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 2×2, 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 (2400×1600) 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
(W x D x H)
|11.50″ x 8.32″ x 0.33″|
|Weight||1.62 lbs (tablet), 3.07 lbs (tablet + base)|
The HP Chromebook x2 launches in the US on June 10th starting off at $599. There’s no news of a UK release yet