HP Chromebook x2 is world's first detachable Chromebook tablet

Yolanda Curtis
April 12, 2018

With the keyboard attached, the Chromebook x2 is 15.3mm thick and and weighs 3.14 pounds (1.42kg), while in tablet mode it's 8.2mm thick and weighs 1.62 pounds (735g). That means you get a touchscreen tablet that contains all the vital components needed to make the computer function, and a sturdy keyboard dock that should feel more like a laptop, and less like the snap-on keyboard for the iPad Pro. The base model of the tablet comes with Intel's Core m3-7Y30 processor and 4GB RAM, which you can configure with 8GB if you want. HP's Active Pen Stylus is included in the box, and the tablet has both a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 13-MP rear shooter. It has two USB Type-C ports in addition to the microSD card slot and the standard audio in/out jack, and its 48Wh (watt-hour) battery is estimated to last 10.5 hours on a single charge. Unlike with Acer's education-focused Chromebook Tab, HP has widespread consumer availability in mind for the Chromebook x2.

The Chromebook X2 offers 32GB of internal storage. The device can be used as a conventional laptop as well as in tablet mode without the keyboard. The device runs on the web dependent Chrome OS interface with the ability to run Android apps as well which is certainly a huge plus considering the abundance of apps that are available on the Google Play Store.

The HP Chromebook x2 will be available at HP's website and at Best Buy for a starting price of $600, starting June 10. "As the world's first Chromebook detachable, it will unlock new ways for people to create, collaborate and consume within Chrome and the Google Play Store3".

Detachable tablets will be the bright spot in an otherwise stagnant or declining market for personal computing devices over the next five years, according to a recent forecast from the analyst firm IDC. If you are looking for an affordable solution, you may like the HP Chromebook x2 which has just been announced.

Despite the fact that the configuration looks OK and the tablet's design is like a hybrid of Pixelbook and Microsoft Surface, the biggest problem might come up due to the operating system, the Chrome OS.

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