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HP Elite x2 1012 finally coming with Core ix CPUs starting at $1099 USD

HP Elite x2 finally coming with Core ix CPUs starting at $1099 USD
HP Elite x2 finally coming with Core ix CPUs starting at $1099 USD
One of the best alternatives to the Surface Pro 4 is getting faster and better with SIM, Thunderbolt 3, Skype for Business certification, and Windows Hello compatibility.

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 G2Elite x2 1012 G1
Core i3-7100U up to Core i7-7600U CPUCore m5-6Y54 CPU
16 GB LPDDR3 RAM (soldered)8 GB LPDDR3 RAM
12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 w/ Gorilla Glass 4, 450-nit12.1-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 audioMicroSD, 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 battery37 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.

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Allen Ngo, 2017-05-10 (Update: 2017-05-10)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.