HP Elite x2 1012 finally coming with Core ix CPUs starting at $1099 USD
When we reviewed the original Elite x2 1012 G1 early last year, we praised it for its excellent build quality, long battery life, and ease of serviceability. It even included LTE options during a time when the Surface Pro 4 was being lambasted for its omission. The biggest drawback of the HP tablet, however, was its fanless design and subsequent limitation to Core m processors only. This put the Elite x2 1012 at a severe performance disadvantage in benchmarks against the Microsoft equivalent.
This year's Elite x2 1012 G2 refresh will finally give users the option of a full-fledged Kaby Lake ULV Core i7 CPU and then some. HP has completely redesigned the chassis with an IR camera, fingerprint reader, new keyboard dock, higher quality 16 MP rear camera, and larger 12.3-inch display. The system is not noticeably larger than the original Elite x2 1012 either, so HP has reduced the thickness of the bezels by 10 percent to make room for the larger screen.
Core specifications include:
|Elite x2 1012 G2||Elite x2 1012 G1|
|Core i3-7100U up to Core i7-7600U CPU||Core m5-6Y54 CPU|
|16 GB LPDDR3 RAM (soldered)||8 GB LPDDR3 RAM|
|12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 w/ Gorilla Glass 4, 450-nit||12.1-inch 1920 x 1280 w/ Gorilla Glass 4, 320-nit|
|MicroSD, SIM, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, 3.5 mm audio||MicroSD, SIM, USB 3.0 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, 3.5 mm audio|
|30 x 21.97 x 0.91 cm (tablet)||30 x 21.35 x 0.81 cm (tablet)|
|0.8 kg (tablet)||0.82 kg (tablet)|
|47 Wh internal battery||37 Wh internal battery|
Expect the Elite x2 1012 G2 to be available in the next month or so in the US for a starting price of $1099 USD without the keyboard base. The WACOM active stylus, however, will come standard with each purchase.