Google’s second take in the tablet market began a few weeks with the introduction of the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first Chrome OS powered tablet. Today, HP is unveiling the second — Chromebook x2. And unlike Acer’s, this one is not just targetted at schools. The HP Chromebook x2 is a high-end two-in-one made out of top-of-the-line materials and costs $599 which does include the detachable keyboard and pen.
That price tag is vital if Google intends to tackle the iPad oligarchy. The iPad Pro, in comparison, starts at $649 for the 9.7-inch variant. More importantly, Apple does not throw in the Pencil and the smart keyboard for free. The buyer is left to shed nearly $200 extra for them.
As far as the specifications are concerned, the HP Chromebook x2 seems like a no-compromise machine. It features a 12.3-inch screen which has a resolution of 2400 x 1600, 32GB of internal storage, 4/8GB of RAM, and Intel’s Core M3 processor. For people fretting about the single storage option, here’s a good news — there is a MicroSD card slot and two USB Type-C ports. The camera arrangement houses a 13-megapixel rear sensor and a 5-megapixel lens on the front.
The HP Chromebook x2 also has a standard headphone jack if you’re wondering and the company says it can last roughly 10.5 hours on a single charge. It won’t be available until June which can cause problems for HP considering more manufacturers will be launching their own Chrome OS tablets as well in the coming weeks. That $600 price tag too might seem a little excessive for a Chromebook but given what you’re getting, I feel it’s a fair amount. Google has added a slew of tablet-focused features to Chrome OS itself over the past few months and even has managed to convince a handful of developers to optimize their apps for the operating system such as Photoshop, Netflix, Evernote, and more.