Microsoft may not be launching the Surface Pro 5 anytime soon, but HP’s Elite x2 1012 G2 may be the next best thing. The new 2-in-1, slated to ship in July starting at $1,099, is apparently aiming to compete with Microsoft's flagship device.
The Elite seems to be designed to appeal to the same professionals and enterprise customers that flocked to the Surface Pro, thanks to a variety of high-end features. Those include a reinforced stylus that offers 2048 different levels of pressure sensitivity, something sure to please creative professionals, and the option to use its Collaboration Keyboard, with dedicated buttons to conduct conference and Skype calls. The Advanced Keyboard, meanwhile, sports both NFC (near field communication) technology and a smart card reader.
Skype Calls and Security
The hybrid is also the first detachable device to achieve the Skype for Business certification, and comes with both noise cancellation and audio boost technology to enhance the clarity of a speaker’s voice.
Security is another big selling point for the Elite x2. The device comes with a biometric fingerprint reader, an IR scanner for facial recognition, hardwired multi-level authentication technology, secure BIOS settings, and a smartphone app for managing the device remotely, including tamper detection and remote activation and deactivation.
Modern Processors, Better Serviceability
Security is only part of the Elite x2’s appeal, though. The device also improves on the Surface Pro 4’s Skylake CPUs with four separate options from the Kaby Lake architecture, including an i3, two i5s, and an i7 option. Users interested in a top of the line model can expand its memory up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD space. For comparison, the top line Surface Pro 4 offers a 256 GB SSD.
One feature that feels unique to the Elite x2 is its high level of serviceability. The device is designed to be opened up and components are designed to be easily replaceable, something any IT department will appreciate. The Elite x2 received a 10 out of 10 serviceability rating from iFixit, compared with a three out of 10 rating for the iPad Pro and a four out of 10 for the Surface Pro 4.
Big Display, Long-Lasting Battery
It also provides a 12.3-inch diagonal display, the same size as the Surface Pro 4 and slightly larger than HP’s previous Elite model. This year’s model also comes with WQXDA+ display, at 2736x1824 pixels, and a 10-point touch sensor, all protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. A 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing camera are also included. Peripherals are connected via a USB C 3.1 port with Thunderbolt 3, and a USB A 3.0 port. A microSD card reader should make transferring photos easy, while a SIM card slot provides cellular connectivity.
Meanwhile, the company said it can run for up to 10 hours and 15 minutes on a single charge, and can recharge up to 50 percent of its battery in as little as 30 minutes.