HP goes adult opposite a iPad Pro with the $599 Chromebook x2 – The …
April 14, 2018 - chromebook
Two weeks ago, Acer announced the initial inscription regulating Chrome OS, and today, HP is announcing a second — and it’s a lot aloft end.
It’s called a Chromebook x2, and it’s really most designed to go after a iPad Pro. It has a 12.3-inch shade (the incomparable iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch screen), docks with a keyboard cover, and supports stylus input.
The large advantage here is that a full package is accessible for much, most cheaper: a Chromebook x2 costs $599 in a bottom pattern and comes bundled with a keyboard cover and stylus. The iPad starts at $649 for a (smaller) inscription on a own, and you’ll have to spend $1,067 if we wish a 12.9-inch indication with a keyboard and pen. So if you’re meditative about regulating a inscription (with a nontraditional handling system) as a unstable computer, HP will get we there for approach cheaper.
The Chromebook x2 has a Core m3 processor from Intel’s before era of Kaby Lake chips, 4GB of RAM (it can be configured with 8GB, too), 32GB of storage, a 2400 x 1600 resolution, stereo speakers, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 13-megapixel back camera, dual USB-C ports, a microSD label slot, a headphone jack, and an estimated 10.5 hours of battery life. It weighs a small bit some-more than an iPad Pro, and it’s a small bit thicker than an iPad Pro, though not by much.
In a briefing, HP also emphasized that a keyboard was designed to reason resolutely adequate to a inscription that it should feel like a clamshell laptop when a dual are connected. we haven’t seen a Chromebook x2 in person, though HP’s images make it demeanour comparatively good — like a multiple of Google’s Pixelbook, with a steel and silken white top, and Microsoft’s Surface Laptop, with a soothing and colorful keyboard.
The Chromebook x2 seems to have a lot of potential, though there are some large questions — and not only about either a hardware is as good as it looks. The genuine open doubt is either Chrome OS is cut out to work on a tablet. Google has been overhauling a handling complement to work improved with touchscreens for a integrate years now, though it’s still really most a desktop system. (It’s formed on a Chrome desktop browser and a arrangement of desktop websites, after all.) That’s expected to extent how useful it is, generally in comparison to an iPad, that was designed for hold from a belligerent up.
While a Chromebook x2 looks like a discount compared to a iPad, it’s costly for a Chromebook, that people mostly buy for around $300. At $600, we enter into a universe of lower-cost Windows computers, that this product will have to contest with, too.
HP skeleton to launch a Chromebook x2 someday in June. And from a looks of it, we could see a few some-more Chrome OS tablets before then.
Update Apr 9th, 5:55PM ET: Removed an picture primarily distributed by HP that showed an improper mockup of a Chromebook x2 in inscription mode.