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
(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 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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  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Don't get confused!
    4 times the area statement above is only valid when both monitors have the same pixel size

  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Many people make that mistake
    Like carphonewarehouse when they say....

    Quad HD (QHD) is the resolution that really took off year in 2015. It gets its name from being four times sharper than 720p HD.
    4 times sharper?
    O.K., then I'd like to display a line consisting of 4 pixels long X 1 pixel wide on an HD display

    Looks good

    Great, now explain how a line 8 pixels long on a Quad HD display is 4 times sharper
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    But whats wrong with using vertical number of pixels by horizontal number?

    Well, we are very sorry for the loss of your HD TV in a house fire but we at ACME insurance want to keep you as a valid customer

    As you are aware, resolution is currently measured by the number of vertical pixels times horizontal pixels, or 921600 pixels for the TV you lost

    We are replacing it with the same size TV that is 921600 pixels wide by 1 pixel tall

    Being the same resolution as the TV you lost, I'm sure you will be happy with the replacement


  • mkaibear - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    >But what's wrong with using vertical number of pixels by horizontal number?

    Very few people care about precise numbers. They care about how it looks not the number of pixels on the screen. That's why the standards are "Full HD", "HD Ready", "4K", not "1920x1080 at a minimum of 30fps", for example.

    >We are replacing it with the same size TV that is *blah*

    And because of the aforementioned, that would not be considered a reasonable replacement. A reasonable replacement would be an "HD Ready" TV whatever the actual resolution (case in point, a lot of the early plasma HD Ready TVs had a 1024x768 resolution with rectangular pixels - that was still "HD Ready" even though it didn't display 1280x720 content).
  • Retycint - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link

    Erm no? If you double the number of lines per inch in one direction, it is twice the resolution. However a QHD display doubles the number of lines in BOTH X and Y directions, hence it offers 4 times the resolution.

    The term you're thinking of is pixel density (ppi), which is only twice as high for a same-sized QHD vs HD screen
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    I'm glad you cleared that up for me

    Now for the rant on standardization

    An HD TV should be classified as a 1K TV
    Full HD should be 2K
    and a 3.75K TV will not change and remain a 4K TV

    If you prefer vertical designations, then there is no such thing as 4K or even 3.75K TV's

    720p / 1080p and 2160p shall forever be the standard (unless changed in marketing)
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    "But what's wrong with using vertical number of pixels by horizontal number?"
    Well, does the resolution of your ruler change when you measure vertically, horizontally or diagonally?


    then defining resolution as horizontal pixels X vertical pixels is moronic at best
    (I'm being nice)

    Have any of you calculated the depth of 3D imagery and added those pixels to your definition of resolution as well?

    I'm sure marketing is all over it by now
  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    You're really enjoying the attention that you're getting from feeling like you're manipulating others aren't you?
  • ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    Well, I got you to post, so............yeah!
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - link

    Hooray for the obligatory "rant about resolution names" post chain!

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