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HP Launches Elite x2 1012 G2 2-in-1: 12.3-Inch Display, Kaby Lake, 1 TB SSD, 16 GB LPDDR3, TB3

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    HP has announced the second generation of its Elite x2 1012 2-in-1 detachable PC designed for commercial applications. The next-gen system not only gets more powerful Kaby Lake SoCs, but has also seen improvements across the board compared to its predecessor: it now has a larger display with a higher resolution and brightness, two times more DRAM, up to a 1 TB SSD, Thunderbolt 3, a higher-capacity battery, enhanced security features, and other advancements. Despite all the upgrades, HP has managed to maintain thin profile and low weight of the Elite x2 1012 G1.

    When it comes to Elite x2 systems, HP shares the “power of a notebook, flexibility of a tablet” philosophy and acts accordingly — equipping them with powerful hardware, but minding portability and keeping the weight of the tablet itself at around 800 grams. The company is positioning the Elite x2 1012 G2 as a fully-fledged replacement for executive laptops, so the new units feature notebook-class Core i5/i7 7000U-series CPUs and can be equipped with virtually every modern technology found in mobile PCs, including 4G LTE, WiGig, a fingerprint reader, Thunderbolt 3, an audio sub-system co-developed with Harman Kardon, and so on to make them suitable for various use cases. Moreover, the Elite x2 1012 G2 can be serviced quite easily — a benefit for experienced users and IT departments.

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    At the same time, the Elite x2 is not designed for every possible application that is out there. For example, the systems lack smart card readers, which are required by some government agencies; they are also not equipped with NFC modules that various retailers may use. For those specific users, there's HP’s existing Pro x2, which was launched earlier this year. Furthermore, being equipped with Intel Core i5/i7-Y (KBL-Y) SoCs, the Pro x2 has no fans, whereas the Elite x2 G2 runs notebook SoCs with higher frequencies and improved iGPUs, which is why it's not a sealed system

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    Internally, the HP Elite x2 G2 is based on Intel’s Core i5/i7 7000U-series SoCs, which feature the Kaby Lake microarchitecture along with the HD Graphics 620 (16 EUs, Gen 9) iGPU. This is a clear improvement over the Elite x2 G1 that run SoCs with lower frequencies and with an iGPU with fewer EUs (12 EUs). The Elite x2 system comes with 16 GB of dual-channel LPDDR3 memory (not upgradeable) and an M.2 SSD with a SATA or PCIe interface and capacities ranging from 128 GB to 1 GB. When it comes to communication capabilities, the Elite x2 can be equipped with a selection of wireless controllers, from a “basic” 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi + BT 4.2 controller to something more powerful with WiGig and/or 4G LTE. Among external ports, the Elite x2 G2 offers one Thunderbolt 3 (USB Type-C) header for data, charging, external displays, etc.; one USB 3.0 Type-A; a microSD slot as well as a TRRS connector for headsets.

    Specifications of the Second Generation HP Elite x2
    HP Elite x2
    1012 G2
    LCD Diagonal
    12.3"​
    Resolution
    2736×1824​
    Brightness
    450 cd/m²​
    CPU
    Core i7-7600U (2C/4T, 4 MB, 2.8/3.9 GHz)
    Core i5-7300U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.6/3.5 GHz)
    Core i5-7200U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.5/3.1 GHz)
    Core i3-7100U (2C/4T, 3 MB, 2.4 GHz)​
    Graphics
    HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)​
    RAM
    16 GB LPDDR3​
    Storage
    128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
    256 GB up to 1 TB M.2 PCIe NVMe TLC SED SSD
    256 GB up to 512 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD
    360 GB M.2 PCle 3.0 x4 TLC SSD
    256 GB up to 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD
    256 GB up to 512 GB M.2 PCIe SSD​
    Wireless: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LTE, GPS and WiGig options
    Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11ac Wi-Fi + BT 4.2
    HP hs3210 WW HSPA+ Mobile Broadband
    HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile Broadband
    Intel Tri Band Wireless-AC 18265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth 4.2 WiGig Combo
    HP lt4120 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Mobile Broadband
    HP lt4226 LTE/HSPA+ Qualcomm Gobi 4G Module
    HP lt4225 LTE/EV-DO Qualcomm Gobi 4G Module
    u-blox EVA-M8M M.2 GPS module 8,9,10,11​
    USB 3.1
    1 × TB 3​
    3.0
    1
    × Type-A
    2.0
    -​
    Thunderbolt
    1 × TB 3 (for charging, data, DP 1.2 displays)​
    Card Reader
    MicroSD​
    Cameras Front
    5 MP front-facing camera + IR camera for face authentication​
    Back
    8 MP rear-facing camera with flash LED​
    Fingerprint Sensor
    Yes​
    Other I/O
    Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack​
    Other Sensors Tablet
    Tablet: Accelerometer, magnetometer, gyro, ambient light sensor, proximity (SAR for WWAN)​
    Travel and Advanced Keyboard
    Hall effect, dual
    Accelerometers​
    Battery
    47 Wh​
    Thickness
    91 mm (tablet)
    146 mm (with keyboard)​
    Weight
    800 grams (tablet)
    1.15 kg (with travel keyboard)
    1.33 kg (with advanced keyboard)​
    Price
    Starting at $1099​

    Meanwhile as the Elite x2 G2 doubles as a tablet, system is equipped with a host of sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, etc.) and is compatible with styluses. It also has rather powerful imaging capabilities: on the front it has a 5 MP RGB camera coupled with an IR sensor, on the backside it features an 8 MP sensor with a LED flash. Also found on the backside is the system's fingerprint reader.

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    As for the chassis, the HP Elite x2 1012 G2 uses a similar — but not exactly identical — body as its predecessor. The new 2-in-1 laptop is made of aluminum; HP does not reveal the exact alloy, but it should be something durable, like the Aluminum 6061 alloy used for the Pro x2. Due to major changes of the internal architecture, the thickness of the new tablet has increased to 9.1 mm/0.36” (from 7.6 mm/0.3”), but the weight of the tablet has remained at around 800 grams/1.77 lb. Meanwhile, the display of the new Elite x2 G2 has improved significantly: the diagonal size has increased to 12.3” due to thinner bezels, its resolution has improved to 2736×1824 pixels, and the brightness is now rated for 450 nits. Corning's Gorilla Glass 4, which is used for numerous other HP products as well, protects the screen of the Elite x2 G2.

    Speaking of the weight and dimensions, and given the positioning of the HP Elite x2 G2, it makes sense to compare it to ultra-thin laptops. As it appears, once the Elite x2 G2 is equipped with a keyboard, its final thickness is 14.6 mm (0.57”), which is thicker than many contemporary notebooks, especially those based on lower-power CPUs. Clearly, the HP Elite x2 G2 has multiple advantages when compared to such mobile PCs (e.g., display resolution, connectivity, higher-capacity battery, form-factor, performance, security, etc.), but the ultimate portability will not be one of them.

    Comparison of Ultra-Thin Notebooks
    HP Elite x2
    1012 G2 Samsung
    Notebook 9 Samsung
    Notebook 9 Dell XPS 13 HP Spectre Apple MacBook (2016)
    LCD Diagonal
    12.3"​
    13"​
    15"​
    13"​
    13.3"​
    12"​
    Resolution
    2736×1824​
    1920×1080​
    1920×1080 3200×1800​
    1920×1080​
    2304×1440​
    Brightness
    450 cd/m²​
    400 ~ 500 cd/m²​
    unknown​
    300 cd/m²​
    unknown​
    CPU
    Core i7-7600U
    Core i5-7300U
    Core i5-7200U
    Core i3-7100U​
    Core i5-7200U
    Core i7-7500U​
    Core i7-7500U​
    Core i3-7100U
    Core i5-7200U
    Core i7-7500U​
    Core i5-7200U
    Core i7-7500U​
    Core m3-6Y30
    Core m5-6Y54
    Core m7-6Y75​
    Graphics
    HD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)​
    Intel HD Graphics 515 (24 EUs)​
    RAM
    16 GB​
    8-16 GB​
    8 GB​
    4-16 GB​
    8 GB​
    8 GB
    LPDDR3​
    DDR4​
    LPDDR3​
    Storage (SSD only)
    128 GB SATA

    256 GB - 1 TB PCIe​
    256 GB SATA​
    256 GB NVMe​
    128 GB SATA

    256 GB - 1 TB NVMe​
    256 GB
    512 GB
    1 TB

    NVMe​
    256 GB
    512 GB

    PCIe 3.0 x2​
    Wi-Fi
    2×2 802.11ac Wi-Fi​
    Bluetooth
    4.2​
    4.1​
    4​
    4G LTE
    optional​
    -​
    WiGig
    optiona​
    -​
    USB 3.1
    1
    × Type-C
    (unknown speed)​
    1 × Type-C​
    3 × Type-C​
    -​
    3.0
    1
    × Type-A
    2
    × Type-A
    2
    × Type-A
    -​
    1
    × Type-C
    2.0
    -​
    1
    × Type-A
    -​
    Thunderbolt
    1 × TB 3​
    -​
    1 × TB 3​
    2 × TB 3​
    -​
    HDMI
    -​
    1​
    -​
    -​
    Card Reader
    MicroSD​
    SD​
    -​
    Fingerprint Sensor
    Yes​
    No​
    Other I/O
    Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jack​
    Battery
    47 Wh​
    30 Wh​
    60 Wh​
    38 Wh​
    41.4 Wh​
    Thickness
    91 mm (tablet)
    146 mm (with KB)​
    13.9 mm​
    14.9 mm​
    up to 15 mm​
    10.4 mm​
    up to 13.2 mm​
    Weight
    800 grams (tablet)
    1.15 kg (with travel keyboard)
    1.33 kg (with advanced keyboard)​
    816 grams
    1.8 lbs​
    984 grams 2.17 lbs​
    1.2 - 1.29 kg
    2.7 - 2.9 lbs​
    1.10 kilograms
    2.45 lbs​
    920 grams
    2.03 lbs​
    Price
    $1099​
    ~$1000​
    ~$1200​
    $799+​
    $1100 / 256 GB
    $1500 / 512 GB
    $1800 / 1 TB​
    $1300 m3
    $1600 m5
    $1750 m7​

    The HP Elite x2 1012 G2 will be available sometimes in July. The MSRP of the entry-level model is expected to be $1099, but to take full advantage of the platform, one will need a more advanced SKU, which will come at a higher price.

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