HP’s latest business-class Windows tablet is a 12.5 inch model with a fanless design, a built-in kickstand, and support for a wide range of accessories including keyboards that let you use the tablet like a notebook and docking stations that let you turn it into a desktop PC.
The HP Elite x2 1012 is basically the business-friendly version of the HP Spectre x2 that unveiled in October, with a few key differences: the Elite x2 features Intel chips with vPro, it’s available with optional features and accessories for enterprise users including fingerprint scanners and smartcard readers, and it has serviceable parts in case the battery, memory, or storage need to be replaced.
HP’s Elite x2 1012 has a starting price of $899. It goes up for pre-order on November 23rd and should begin shipping in January.
The entry-level model features 4GB of RAM, 128GB of solid state storage, and an Intel Core M3 Skylake processor, but HP also offers up to 8GB of memory, up to 512GB of storage, and up to a Core M7 processor. It comes with a Wacom pen and a travel keyboard.
HP offers a basic travel keyboard as well as an Advanced keyboard that has a SmartCard reader and NFC. Both keyboards are backlit and neither has a battery: they draw power from the tablet itself.
The tablet has a full-sized USB port and a USB Type-C/Thunderbolt port and there are a also desktop docking stations that make it easy to charge the device while connecting it to an external display, keyboard, mouse, and other accessories.
HP says the system also supports Intel WiGig wireless docking solutions, allowing you to connect to up to two external 2160p displays without wires.
The tablet measures about 0.3 inches thick and weighs about 1.9 pounds and features a fanless design. HP says it should get up to 10 hours of battery life.
While the battery and other components aren’t really user replaceable, they are serviceable which means IT staff for company that orders these tablets for their staff can remove about 6 screws from the back of the device, use a special plunger tool to lift the screen from the case, and then replace a battery that’s degraded over time or replace or upgrade memory and storage.
The Elite x2 1022 looks virtually identical to the Spectre X2, but the Elite version has an aluminum unibody design and an aluminum kickstand instead of stainless steel in order to better meet MIL-SPEC standards. The Spectre X2 also isn’t designed to be serviceable.