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.

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14 replies on “HP launches fanless Elite x2 1012 tablet with Intel Core M Skylake for $899 and up”

  1. Dont like the huge bezel, the non upgradeable ram, lower resolution, smaller screen, expensive price wise, dont like the brand they ripoff you when out of warranty, and i dont like it not being user repairable.

    What i like is that going towards reapairability, anyone buying this will send a message to other brands making 2 in 1meant like disposable cleenex. I recycle and a device is meant to be trashed along with a grand when broken is out of consideration. Also like the chance to upgrade ssd and also the battery.

    I dont like windows 10 spyware edition by the cia, but it is everywhere so thats something that must be dealt with lawyers and constitutions at hand for once and ever since now on.

  2. Hoping to see some generation of Core CPU in 10″ or smaller screened devices like the Surface 3 at some point.

  3. Did he say in the video that was a wireless dock???? If so, and it can do dual monitors that would be the ultimate business exec machine IMHO.

    1. I couldn’t agree more. Glossy displays are terrible, stupid and anti-productive.

  4. I wanted to like this tablet, but the bezels on this thing are too big.. Larger than the ones on my Cube i7 Stylus.. I think HP should have focused more on making this usable as a tablet than making it conform into a surface book like setup.. A full keyboard is nice, but it shouldn’t hinder tablet functionality at times when a keyboard is not necessary… And while HP uses wacom technology.. They seem to have made it proprietary so you have to use their pen… Which is a deal breaker for artistic use… no hdmi means you have to buy a docking station and carry that around if you want to give presentations

  5. Why does every tech blog write “business-friendly” just because HP advertises the device as such? Business-friendly should include a 5:4, 4:3 or 3:2 display but not the modern video format 16:9 because, you know, business people do not watch movies but work with texts, graphics, tables and databases; matt display because business people use their devices everywhere, also outdoors; the most easily replaceable battery because business people want their devices to just work and not simulate the repair cafes; a clear statement by HP for how many years batteries etc. will be available for purchase; availability in all countries on the day of availability in the USA instead of, as usual for HP, availability in Germany several months or almost half a year delayed; customer service that can answer questions instead of answering less than 10% meaningfully (which is my experience); immediately working and flawless drivers instead of months delay. –robert jasiek

    1. It’s not his fault. It’s the industry. I’ve been helping many home users buy what would otherwise be business machines for years, simply because you get a machine that’s usually 1. far less crapware, 2. much easier to work on, and often 3. cheaper. This machine is obviously in that category. It does have a few shortcomings, like a lower res screen that’s far more business oriented that personal oriented (like the SP4 from MS) and the ability to open it up is NOT what you’d find on a home style computer of this class.

    2. Elsewhere I read that the display would be 3:2 – at least this aspect would be good then.

  6. Nice computer. Too bad that it suffers from the obvious problem — you have to use Win10.

  7. Yes!! Finally.
    So many also-rans and almost-theres in the hybrid category in recent months.
    This one finally gets it right. Glad I waited.

    1. Oh…wait a minute. When you wrote “including keyboards that let you use the tablet like a notebook,” i thought you meant there was not only a clip-on keyboard but also a keyboard with a hinge that supports the tablet without needing to use the kickstand. That doesn’t seem to be the case?

  8. This looks pretty nice. Looks like they changed how the kickstand works. Not only is it a different shape it seems to do away with the mechanical switch that was used to release the kickstand in the Spectre X2. In this one it seems you just pull the kickstand out similar to how the Surface kickstand works?

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