HP recently unveiled the world’s first detachable Chromebook x2, a 12.3-inch convertible laptop. This new product combines the unique features and functionality of Chrome OS and power of the world’s most-used Android app platform to create a unified experience that entire Google ecosystem offers. Chromebook x2 costs $599 in its base configuration.
Chromebook x2: Step Towards Cohesive Android Apps Ecosystem
Chromebook x2 features the ability to run Android apps, relatively long battery life, robust security and simplicity. Chromebook x2 allows users to experience apps from Google Play store as a tablet or notebook with a touch screen and active pen.
Built to Entertain
Powered with dual speakers and audio custom tuned by B&O Play and front 5 MP and rear 13 MP cameras, Chromebook x2 delivers a strong entertainment experience. Also, like most tablets, the x2 allows media consumption, such as streaming video in a flawless manner.
- Intel Core M3-7Y730 processor
- 8GB memory
- 12.3-inch 2,400×1,600 touch display with pen
- 32GB SSD, microSD slot
- USB-C connections (2 slots)
- Up to 10.5 hours rated battery life
- 11.5×8.3×0.6in/292x211x15.3mm (HWD) and 8.2mm for just the thick tablet
- 3.2 lbs or 1.44 kg; or 1.6 lbs or 0.74 kg for the tablet only
Chromebook 2: Comparison with iPad
Chromebook x2 is extremely thin and light with great features for productivity, utility, sharing as well as entertainment. It draws natural comparison to Apple’s premium iPad. The iPad’s price starting range is at $649 for smaller tablet and $1,067 for the large 12.9-inch model with a keyboard and pen.
Pricing and Availability
The x2 sports premium designs and highly opular anodized electrodeposition coating in ceramic white. HP Chromebook x2’s starting pricing is $599.99 and will be available through HP.com and Best Buy on June 10.
The real question is to determine whether Chrome OS is cut out to function as tablet. Google has been overhauling the operating system to collaborate better with touchscreens, but it’s still very much a desktop system. It is based on the Chrome desktop browser, displaying desktop websites. That’s likely to restrict its usefulness, especially in comparison to an iPad, which was designed for touch functionality from the word go.
The significance is not just towards the device but what it signifies: the new phase in Google’s Chrome OS expansion and support to Android app development ecosystem.