The first detachable Chromebook promises an exciting form factor
It is a versatile device that is designed to impress you with performance and productivity features
Now that we live in a world where Chromebooks can run Android applications as natively as a Google Pixel 2, it makes sense that we are starting to see detachable, hybrid Chromebooks that double as tablets. Acer, for example, announced the first Chrome OS tablet a few weeks ago.
Now HP is leading the charge in the 2-in-1 detachable Chromebook space with its Chromebook x2. Like the HP Spectre x2 before it, the HP Chromebook x2 is a thin and lightweight tablet that can be magnetically hinged to and unhinged from its included keyboard at will. That’s where the similarities end between the HP Chromebook x2 and its Windows-based predecessor, however.
Priced at around $600, the HP Chromebook x2 is designed to be affordable without compromising on looks. To no one’s surprise, then, it comes equipped with a seventh-generation Intel Core m3 processor, and a relatively skimpy 4GB of soldered RAM and 32GB of eMMC storage. A higher-end model with 8GB of RAM will also be available.
HP is a little more generous with the display, a 12.3-inch, QHD+ (2,400X1,600) WLED-backlit touch panel with a 5MP HP Wide Vision camera located above it. There’s also a 13MP rear camera devoted to the mirror selfie loyalists.
Boasting a ‘sleek design’ that can be taken ‘from room to room or on the road’, the Chromebook x2 weighs just 1.62 pounds in tablet mode and 3.07 pounds when the keyboard is attached. It measures 12X2.72X17.68 inches (HWD).
The finish on the HP Chromebook x2 is ceramic white anodized aluminium.
In addition to its forwardfacing orientation, the HP Chromebook x2 can be positioned in the opposite direction as well. In doing so, you can use the tablet in a number of different modes, including a tent mode and a table-top display mode in which the keyboard essentially serves as a kickstand.