HP announced their new model HP Elite x2 (1013 G3) on May 14, and now all versions of the 3rd gen. HP Elite x2 are launching in the US, with the prince ranging from $1499 to $2399.
The newest HP Elite x2 changed a little this year, by growing to a full 13 inches. Resolution depends on the model, with options of 3000 x 2000 and 1920 x 1280 being the resolution choices. The brightness of this Windows 10 tablet was first said to be 700 nits, but now that it has launched, the brightness is specified as 450 nits instead.
The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 though. The optional HP Active pen is a Wacom AES 2.0 digitizer with an app launch button on it. And it has an optional privacy filter, that makes sideviewing the screen more difficult. And the screen has narrow bezels, so the screen still has a lot going for itself.
Processor options range from 8th gen. Intel Core i3 8130U, to i5 and i7 8650U, with DDR4 (2133 MHz) RAM doubling in steps from 4GB, to 8GB, to 16GB, while storage options are 128GB or 256GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage.
(UPDATE: HP Elite x2 G3 was replaced by the Windows 10 tablet HP Elite x2 G4 during fall 2019)
Battery life is good, at 10 1/2 hours long, with very fast charging too, using a 4-cell 50 Wh battery pack.
Specs includes Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, 3 mics, a 5MP front camera and IR camera for facial recognition support, a 8MP rear camera, a fingerprint reader, it has optional Qualcomm 4G LTE, full Wi-Fi cover, Bluetooth 4.2, 2x USB 3.1 Type-C ports with Thunderbolt, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C port for power, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
The backlit keyboard is optional on some of these configurations, but most people would buy it for this type of Windows 10 Pro 2-in-1 that has a built-in kickstand on the back. The HP Elite x2 G3 is released with Windows 10 Pro, but if someone wants to “downgrade” to regular Windows 10, HP will cut the price by $88.
– Tom Bowen