HP is refreshing its Spectre x2 line of premium 2-in-1 tablets with a new model sporting a 12.3 inch, 3000 x 2000 pixel display, pen input, and a detachable keyboard.
The new HP Spectre x2 should be available in June with prices starting at $1000, putting the new tablet squarely in Microsoft Surface Pro territory… but HP’s tablet has a higher-resolution display, USB Type-C ports, and a few other features to help set it apart from Microsoft’s tablets.
HP’s new tablets feature Intel Core i5 and Core i7 Kaby Lake processor options with Intel Iris Plus graphics, up to 16GB of LPDDR3 memory, up to 1TB of solid state storage, and a battery that HP says should last for up to 8 hours of run time. Thanks to fast charge technology, you can also get a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
Other features include Bang & Olufsen tuned audio, an adjustable kickstand with support for angles up to 165 degrees, a headset jack, a microSD card slot, and two USB Type-C ports (plus a USB-C to USB-A dongle adapter in case you need one).
The tablet features two fans under the hood, so don’t expect silent operation. But HP says the tablet + keyboard measure just over half an inch thick and weigh about 2.5 pounds, so the system is pretty compact for a 12.3 inch 2-in-1.
The keyboard features full-sized keys with 1.5mm travel, a magnetic connector for attaching to the tablet, and glass trackpad. And the tablet comes with a pressure-sensitive HP Active Pen for writing or drawing with Windows Ink.
There’s a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera as well as an IR camera for WIndows Hello facial recognition.
Argh…What is this news from across the land Sir Brad? My favorite detachable 2-n-1 laptop has been upgraded…WITH A FAN?!? What the….I shall impale myself on my sword. Why HP…Why?!?
Only down side is, that is not 2in1, just 1in1. It can not be used as laptop.
If I buy a tablet and get a cover keyboard, do I have 2in1?!
No! Because they can not be used as laptops.
Brad stop doing them a favour. It is unfair, only those that can be used as laptop are 2in1.
It depends on how you define “use it as a laptop.” I pretty consistently refer to tablets with a built-in keyboard but a hinge that lets you use it like a tablet as a “convertible,” and a tablet with a detachable keyboard as a “2-in-1,” although “detachable” is probably a more accurate description. It just makes less sense in headlines “HP introduces a new detachable tablet” = detachable from what?
Device makers have been a lot less consistent in their use of these terms though.
Than every tablet would be 2in1 if the keyboard cover would be the distinction.
Point is, that a tablet can be physically a tablet not just in term of usability.
Just saw that MS is calling Surface Pro “a laptop”. OUTRAGEOUS! thats a bloody lie
If we allow them, they ll just sell us less for more, we should not buy those lies.
*physically a laptop
A convertible is a convertible (the tablet unit cannot be detached), a tablet is a tablet only and a 2-in-1 is a 2-in-1 (the tablet unit can be detached). Do not call a convertible a tablet because it is none. If you need to, you can still say that a convertible can be used in tablet-mode, tent-mode or notebook-mode.
Does it come with a free keylogger?
It’s Windows and the keyloggers are part of the feature set, along with surveillance, data-hording & sharing and other malware niceties. Upgrade and you’ll never know what new features Microsoft has tossed in. What a time to be alive!
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