HP ZBook x2 convertible tablet coming in December
The HP ZBook family of mobile workstations has been around for a while, but the new x2 is the first tablet with a detachable keyboard and digital pen support to join the ZBook lineup. Although it is only scheduled to hit the market in December, HP is already advertising it as the world's first and most powerful detachable PC workstation (this can be said by comparing it to the other similar products on the market as of October 3, 2017).
The HP ZBook x2 has a 14-inch touchscreen display with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and the top hardware configuration includes an Intel Core i7-8560U processor, a Quadro M620 professional discrete graphics adapter by NVIDIA, 32 GB RAM, as well as up to 2 TB of SSD internal storage.
Professionals will be delighted to find out that the ZBook x2 comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, as well as an HDMI 1.4 port, a 3.5 mm audio jack, and an SD memory card reader. The tablet can be connected to two 4K displays and up to four external displays of lower resolution. A fingerprint reader and two cameras are also present (a 720p webcam and an 8 MP main camera on the back).
Although it features 8th generation Intel processors, the ZBook x2 is not fanless and it is also quite heavy. Without the detachable backlit keyboard, it weighs 3.65 pounds. Add the keyboard, and you end up with a laptop that weighs around 4.8 pounds and measures 14.4 x 9 x 0.8 inches.
The HP ZBook x2 is a rugged device that complies with the MIL-STD 810G standard and is expected to debut just in time for this year's Christmas season starting at US$1,749. More details about all the available hardware and software options should become available in the meantime.
For now, HP's official website shows four custom SKUs that feature Intel Core i7-7500U and Intel Core i7-7600U processors, between 8 GB and 32 GB RAM, up to 1 TB internal storage, as well as a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud. Sadly, their prices are not public yet.