HP has announced its first Chrome OS 2-in-1, called the HP Chromebook X2. The tablet comes with a detachable keyboard and stylus; making it a kind of high-end implementation of a low-cost ecosystem.
Powering the Chromebook X2 is an Intel Kaby Lake Core m3 processor, mated with up to 8GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The 12.3-inch screen is a 2400 x 1600 pixel panel with support for touch and pen. Imaging is handled by a rear 13MP camera and a front 5MP camera (for video calls), while ports include USB Type-C, microSD and a headphone jack.
As the Chromebook X2 is a 2-in-1, the keyboard is detachable from the tablet body. There is a pen sleeve at the side of the keyboard for storage but otherwise it is bare from any input ports. HP is promising 10.5 hours of battery life per charge with the Chromebook X2.
The viability of the Chrome OS as a tablet is still in question, but it is a decent light productivity option for those looking to do simple productivity tasks without the weight of a laptop.
The Chromebook X2 is expected to start retailing sometime in June for US$ 599 (RM 2,315). No telling if it will ever reach Malaysia, since Chromebooks are virtually unheard of in our consumer market.
(Source: The Verge)