Elite X2 device takes on Microsoft’s Surface Pro with stylus and magnetic keyboard options
HP has released a new business-focused tablet that it hopes will help it grab a big part of the lucrative enterprise market.
The high-end HP Elite X2 features a slimline premium build and design alongside powerful components, including Intel’s latest Core M7 processor and 256GB of SSD storage.
HP Elite X2
Measuring just 8.05mm across and weighing 840g, the Elite X2 can easily be transported and carried thanks to its aluminium build.
The 12-inch FullHD display is bright and vibrant, and is made of Gorilla Glass 4, meaning it should stand up to any accidental drops or knocks.
The tablet has a ‘silent’ design with no thermal openings and no internal fans and the M7 processor allows for all-day battery.
The rear of the device features a hinged kickstand, which can be extended up to 150 degrees and has been tested for over 10,000 extensions. HP promises the exterior build of the whole device will not break if the kickstand is bent.
The Elite X2 can also be teamed up with a choice of two optional keyboards to turn it into a fully-fledged workstation. HP is offering either a ‘travel’ or ‘advanced’ keyboard, both available at extra cost, which connect magnetically to the tablet. The advanced option even comes with integrated NFC and smart card reader options, meaning the user could theoretically carry out and receive transactions using the device.
As for other types of connectivity, the Elite X2 comes with a USB-C port for high-speed transfers but also a USB-A connector for legacy products which still exist in many businesses. There’s also support for LTE networks and a microSD slot allowing for up to 1TB of extra memory.
The HP Active Pen that comes with the Elite X2 is built on Wacom technology and features a full-screen digitiser inside which allows it to take advantage of features such as Windows 10’s on-screen annotation, and also comes with a programmable button which can be set to open a specific app or service with just one press.
HP is also looking to emphasise the security of the Elite X2, which comes with BIOS-level security combined with the company’s integrated HP Sure Start software for extra safety, along with a biometric scanner on the rear of the device, allowing it to take advantage of services such as Windows Hello.
“This is a full-blown laptop replacement,” Michael Park, general manager of Mobility and Software at HP, told TechWeekEurope at a preview of the device. “People have to love it”.
The Elite X2 will go on sale in the first week of January, costing £749 for the basic model, with the travel keyboard an extra £109, and the advanced keyboard at £159.
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