HP’s Chromebook x2 Is the First Detachable Chromebook; Takes on the iPad Pro

A couple of weeks after Google unveiled the first Chrome OS tablet, the company has now unveiled a detachable Chrome OS device: the HP Chromebook X2. The Chromebook X2 can act as a standalone tablet and when required, you can attach a keyboard to it to make it act like a laptop.

The X2 features a 12.3-inch 2400 x 1600 resolution display that is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4. It is powered by Intel’s 7th gen Core m3 processor, 32GB of storage, and can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM.

The 8.2mm thin and 1.62 pounds heavy tablet comes with a ceramic white anodized aluminum finish, with the detachable keyboard featuring a leather-like surface in Oxford Blue color. With the keyboard docked, the x2 is 15.3mm thin and weighs 3.14 pounds.

In terms of connectivity, the Chromebook X2 has Wi-Fi ac, microSD card slot, two USB-C ports for data transfer and charging, and a 3.5mm jack. It also features dual speakers tuned by B&O Play and a 5/13MP camera at the front/rear.

Thanks to the magnetic hinge design, the X2 can be placed in multiple positions so that it can be used easily in either touchscreen or docked mode. HP and Google will start selling the Chromebook x2 in the United States from June 10 for $599.99 for the base variant. What sweetens the deal is the fact that HP and Google are bundling the keyboard and a pen along with the device.

Our Take

With the Chrome OS tablet from Acer, Google was able to take on Apple’s low-end iPad. Now, with the Chromebook x2, Google is taking on Apple’s iPad Pro lineup. Chromebooks are already dominating the education sector in the United States and these impressive offerings from Google is further going to strengthen its hold in this sector.

[Via HP]