HP today unveiled the world’s first detachable Chromebook. Known as the Chromebook x2, the device is built to compete with companies like Apple and Microsoft in the productivity-focused tablet market. It also marks the second tablet to be powered by Chrome OS after Acer’s mid-range offering debuted last month.
The Chromebook x2 comes with a detachable 12.3-inch Quad HD screen that turns the device into a standard tablet. Its keyboard dock comes in the box, and so does a stylus for more precise input. The hinge is adjustable so you can also do things like use the tablet in tent and stand modes. Of course, its main purpose is the serve as a classic laptop form factor, but it’s nice to know it offers some versatility.
Inside its 8.2mm thin body, the Chromebook x2 packs Intel’s seventh-generation Core m3 processor with up to 8GB of RAM. A 10-hour battery is also supplied, and so is up to 32GB of storage with microSD card expansion up to 256GB. It comes powered by Chrome OS with Android app support. There’s also a 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Dual speakers provide audio, a USB-C port provides both charge and data transfer, and a heaphone jack lets you listen to your content without disturbing others around you.
Of course, the big deciding factor attached to the Chromebook x2 that determines whether you should buy it or not is the price. HP has tagged the device at $599 which, by no means, is expensive when compared to other offerings like the iPad Pro that starts that $649. Yes, a device that only runs Chrome OS for $600 might sound a bit outrageous, but for the right person who knows they can get all their work done by using Google’s forked operating system based on a web browser, the tablet could be a perfect fit.
If you’re that person, you’ll want to know the device will land June 10th. It’ll be available for purchase from both HP.com and Best Buy.
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