HP Unveils Chromebook x2: A 12.3-inch 2400x1600 2-in-1 with Intel Core-Yby Joe Shields on April 9, 2018 8:00 AM EST
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Chromebooks are still seen is one of the faster-growing segments of the PC category, and today HP is unveiling a detachable device with its new Chromebook x2. The Chromebook x2 claims to combine the functionality of Chrome OS into a more versatile form factor. The Chromebook x2 will feature a 7th Generation Intel Core-Y series processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and a 12.3-inch IPS WLED-backlit touchscreen. These specifications, along with access to the Google Play store, are aiming to provide users with a high-performing device for productivity and entertainment purposes in a flexible form factor.
The exterior of the has a premium look to it with a ceramic white anodized aluminum finish and an almost leather-like Oxford Blue surface on the keyboard. The Quad HD (2400x1600) 12.3-inch IPS screen is said to have increased durability and scratch resistance with its Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touch display. Switching from a productivity mode to a creative mode should be seamless with its magnetic hinge. The hinge provides the strength and rigidity necessary to keep it attached and upright while in laptop mode, yet should make it easy to detach when transitioning to a tablet. The tablet section measures in at 8.2mm and 1.62 lbs (or 15.3mm and 4.14 lbs with the keyboard).
Hardware wise, the Chromebook x2 uses an Intel Core M3-7Y30 processor (two cores with hyperthreading). The base configuration includes 4 GB LPDDR3-1600 and supports up to 8 GB total (although memory is not user accessible). Internal storage comes with 32 GB eMMC memory, expandable to 256 GB through a microSD card slot. Putting an image on the screen is the Intel HD Graphics 615 solution integrated into the CPU which is enough for Google Play games and entertainment purposes. With all this hardware, battery life is expected to last around 10 hours.
For networking and connectivity, the Chromebook x2 gets out to the internet using an 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and supports Bluetooth 4.2 – no wired network options are available without a USB dongle. There is a multi-format digital card reader, two USB 3.0 Type-C ports, and a headphone/microphone combo jack for audio. When not using headphones, the Chromebook x2 has two integrated stereo HP speakers custom tuned by B&O Play. It also includes the HP Active Pen for sketch, blend, and write capabilities. The detachable island-style keyboard with an integrated numeric pad is backlit to help users working in darker environments.
|HP Chromebook x2|
|Processors||Intel Core M3-7Y30 (2C/4T, 2.6 GHz Max. Turbo)|
|Maximum Memory||8 GB LPDDR3-1600 SDRAM|
|Network Connectivity||802.11ac Dual Band 2x2, Bluetooth 4.2|
|Internal Storage||32 GB eMMC (expandable to 256 GB via Micro SD expansion)|
|Graphics||Intel HD Graphics 615|
|Expansion Slots||Micro SD Card reader|
|Display||12.3" 2K (2400x1600) IPS WLED-backlit touchscreen panel|
|Ports and Connectors||2 x USB 3.0 Type-C
1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack
|Input Device||Full-size island-style backlit keyboard w/number pad|
|Camera||HP Wide Vision 5MP front facing
HP 13MP rear facing
|Power||48Wh 4-Cell Lithium-Ion battery
45W Slim AC Adapter
(W x D x H)
|11.50" x 8.32" x 0.33"|
|Weight||1.62 lbs (tablet), 3.07 lbs (tablet + base)|
Overall the HP Chromebook x2 looks like an interesting product offering users a new 2-in-1 option in the Chromebook ecosystem. It will be available through HP.com and Best Buy on June 10th starting off at $599. Additional announcements from HP's Spring Range will be released in the coming days.
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- HP Announces the Latest Chromebook 14 G5 and Chromebook 1 G6: Up to 7th Gen Quad Core Celeron
- HP Announces ZBook x2: HP's First Detachable Workstation
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Retycint - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkIt is dual core, but the performance is far above the pentium/celeron dual cores you normally find at the $300-400 price point. In fact, the Intel MSRP for the i7-7Y50 is actually $393 (from the official intel database) so $600 is actually decently cheap all things considered
Retycint - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkOk apparently I can't read because this is using an M3 and not the i7. Nevertheless, the M3 has an MSRP of $281 so $450 is still quite improbable
ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkHow is this Quad HD ?
1280X720 is defined as HD
2400 divided by 1280 is a 1.875x improvement
1600 divided by 720 is a 2.2222x improvement
1.875x plus 2.2222x = 4.0972
4.0972 divided by 2 gives you an average of 2.0486x improvement
This is double HD, not Quad
PeachNCream - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkI'm positively awful at math too, but I think the calculation goes more like this:
1280 x 720 = 921,600 pixels
2400 x 1600 = 3,840,000 pixels
The higher resolution screen offers more than 4x the number of pixels so it's reasonable to refer to it as QHD.
ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkYeah, I get it that 4 HD displays will fit into the same space as one with "double" the width and "double" the height
I just don't like the math
It's both double and quad at the same time
MrSpadge - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkYep, about 2x the pixels in each dimension = 4x the area.
ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkYup....
Time to make popcorn & watch something on my 3.75K TV
SirPerro - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkQuad means 4x the resolution.
Resolution means pixels per area unit. A surface is two dimensional.
Comparing 1D resolution Vs 2D resolution is like apples Vs oranges
ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - link"Quad means 4x the resolution."
No, resolution is like lines on a ruler
If you double the number of lines per inch, you get twice the resolution
Quad HD gives you twice the resolution and 4 times the area
Resolution and area are two different things
ಬುಲ್ವಿಂಕಲ್ ಜೆ ಮೂಸ್ - Monday, April 9, 2018 - linkQUAD HD
Now with TWICE the resolution of HD!