After the the November unveiling of the Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet HP Elite x2 (1012), the hybrid computer is finally available in stores. The official price for the entry level model is $899 with Intel Core m3 processor:
With that kind of price, this tablet is in Surface Pro 4 and the 4K Dell XPS 12 territory.
At the base, we are looking at a 12-inch Windows 10 Pro / Home tablet with Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1280, covered by a solid Gorilla Glass 4, and with a built-in kickstand in the back, with 150-degree adjustments.
Processor choices are between Intel Core m3, m5, and m7 processor, though only the bestselling m5 model is available right now.
Since this is a tablet that HP made for the enterprise tablet sector, it has security features such as BIOS-level HP SureStart, HP Touchpoint Manager, and optional Intel vPro processor.
RAM options are 4GB or 8GB of DDR3 RAM (1866 MHz), with options of 128GB and 256GB of SSD storage.
Highlights include Bang & Olufsen speakers and a digitizer pen that looks identical to the previous Surface pen, but also things like a USB C port with Thunderbolt and USB A port, dual-band a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and optional 3G or 4G later on.
The onboard cameras are a 2MP front camera with 1080p support, and a 5MP rear camera, also with 1080p video recording support. The tablet then comes with a backlit detachable keyboard, and support for digitizer pen.
It’s a nice tablet for the enterprise market, but the price is extreme based on the hardware specs alone, especially now that Surface Pro 4 is heavily sought after as an enterprise tablet already.
– Jim Miller