The American computer manufacturer HP has introduced a new tablet with Chrome OS called HP Chromebook X2. Highlights include a 12.3-inch display, a fast Intel Core m3 processor, a keyboard dock and a stylus. On June 10, the 2-in-1 tablet will be released in the U.S. for only $599.99. Whether and when it will come to Germany is not yet known.
There are already numerous Convertible Chromebooks in various price ranges. But so far there are only two real tablets with Chrome OS: The affordable Acer Chromebook Tab 10 and now the HP Comebook X2 Unlike Acer’s tablet, HP’s tablet is less of an iPad or Android alternative, but competes directly against the Microsoft Surface Pro and iPad Pro. At first glance, the HP Chromebook X2 looks almost like a typical Windows tablet. This is due to the large 12.3 inch display, but also the correct, fixed keyboard dock. This offers a full-size keyboard and a touchpad. Unlike Microsoft’s Type Cover, the tablet is held by the dock. The tablet itself has no kickstand. When the Chromebook is in the dock, it looks like a real notebook. Without dock, the tablet is 8.2mm thin and weighs 730g. With keyboard it gets 15.3mm thick and then weighs 1.39kg – as much as many notebooks in this class. HP launches the Chromebook X2 in the colours “Ceramic White” and “Oxford Blue”.
In the front there are two Bang & Olufsen speakers, as well as a 5-megapixel webcam. The camera on the back offers a resolution of 13 megapixels. The X2 Tablet also has two USB Type C connectors and a 3.5mm jack. There is also a slot for MicroSD memory cards. In addition to the keyboard, an active stylus is also included. More detailed information about the pen is not yet available.
As I said, the display of the HP Chromebook X2 is 12.3 inch and it is of course a touchscreen. With 2400 x 1600 pixels, the resolution of the IPS panel is beautifully high. Inside is an Intel Core m3 processor of the seventh generation, as well as 4GB RAM and 32GB memory as standard. If you want, you will also be able to get it with 8GB RAM. The 32GB flash memory doesn’t sound like much. And it is if you want to install many apps and save data locally if necessary. If you need more, you can only expand the memory with up to 256GB MicroSD card.
HP Chromebook X2 runs Chrome OS, which Google continues to optimize for touchscreens and tablets. It’s exciting to see if Google for Tablets wants to replace Android with Chrome OS. Cheap Android tablets sell well, but higher quality and more expensive ones sell less. On the other hand, premium tablets with Windows sell very well – i.e. devices that can be used properly for working.
Obviously Google decided to optimize Chrome OS more for touchscreens instead of making Android a productive operating system that can compete against Windows 10. The HP Chromebook X2 also runs the Google Play Store and Android Apps.