17 December 2015

HP announces Elite x2 2 in 1

Source: HP Inc.
HP today announced the HP Elite x2 – a 2-in-1 tablet that offers the productivity of a full notebook with the convenience of a tablet. The new device blurs the lines between phablets and laptops with an optional LTE modem.

“We designed the HP Elite x2 to be thin, light and powerful in a way that captures the simplicity and elegance users will love while also delivering the durability, serviceability, security and manageability IT departments need to enable true mobile productivity,” said Serena Yong, Managing Director, HP Singapore.

Targeted at the mobile professional, the Elite x2 is crafted from milled CNC aluminum with a focus on aesthetics. At 8.1 mm thin1, the tablet weighs under 840g2 and has a built-in kickstand with 150 degrees of adjustability, allowing a user to set the device upright for viewing and keyboard typing or laying it back for on-screen typing. The device’s 12" diagonal anti-glare HD display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and automatically adjusts to different lighting conditions.

Performance is paramount for mobile professionals, and the Elite x2 caters to the requirements with a long battery life3, Windows 10 and a 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor. The processors are optimised for high performance with power efficiency4 and solid state disk (SSD) technology, enabling a fanless, virtually silent computing experience with no moving parts. Premium audio tuned by Bang & Olufsen and HP noise reduction software ensure conference call attendees can hear and be heard.

As with the rest of HP’s Elite lineup, the Elite x2 is designed to pass MIL-STD testing5. The device also features added durability with a Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen and two grades of aluminum alloy to ensure the right balance between strength and weight. The device also incorporates an optional, built-in 4G LTE modem offering the convenience of connectivity virtually anywhere without the need for tethering6. The Qualcomm Snapdragon X5 LTE modem supports all major 3G/4G networks.

To enable flexible content creation on the go, the Elite x2 includes the HP Active Pen with App Launch as a standard feature. Based on WACOM technology, the pen has integrated pressure sensors to help control the width of lines when writing or drawing onscreen. The pen also includes App Launch, a programmable Bluetooth application launch button to quickly launch OneNote or any other pre-specified Windows application.

The Elite x2 provides a choice of two optional, enterprise-class, full-sized, backlit keyboards for easy content creation7. Both keyboards are leveraged from the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 and layered in a stiff aluminum base to create torsional rigidity and stability that rivals a traditional laptop form factor. The HP Advanced Keyboard features an NFC sensor in the touchpad and a built-in smart card reader for security. If the HP Advanced Keyboard is disconnected, the Elite x2 will automatically log off the domain to keep information secure8. The HP Travel Keyboard offers users a thinner keyboard solution, adding 395g in weight while delivering a full 1.5mm keyboard travel and a clickpad.

The Elite x2 is designed with the ports commercial users need by including both Thunderbolt 3 and USB-A ports. The Elite x2 includes three optional wired and wireless docking solutions. The Thunderbolt 3 port on the Elite x2 easily docks to the HP Elite USB-C Docking Station for dual 2K displays or the HP Elite Thunderbolt 65W Dock for dual 4K displays. The Elite X2 can also dock to the HP Advanced Wireless Docking Station through WiGig technology, which enables fast wireless connectivity to the network, displays and devices9. A power pass-through feature in the USB-C port on the device allows users to stay charged for a full work day, while also recharging their accessories.

The Elite x2 is the first tablet designed with the unique combination of BIOS-level security with integrated HP Sure Start, manageability featuring HP Touchpoint Manager10 and an optional Intel Core M vPro processor11. The Elite x2 comes with a host of built-in (not bolted on) security capabilities, including HP Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, HP Client Security, TPM, and an optional fingerprint reader or smart card reader. With the optional Intel Core M vPro processor, IT can power on and remotely manage the Elite x2 over both wired and wireless networks12.


The HP Elite x2 1012 is expected to start shipping in Singapore in early January at a starting price of S$1,39913. To make it easy to integrate the Elite x2 into an existing infrastructure, HP offers a range of services and 24x7 support across 180 countries and 230,000 channel partners, including the ability to buy the device from a global SKU. Large customers get the convenience of ordering off one single global SKU code instead of worrying about managing country specific SKUs and part numbers. In addition, hardware and service components are orderable in every country worldwide. 

1 Tablet only without keyboard. 
2 Weight will vary by configuration. 
3 Windows 10 MM14 battery life will vary depending on various factors including product model, configuration, loaded applications, features, use, wireless functionality, and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See www.bapco.com for additional details. 
4 Multicore is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance. 
5 MIL STD 810G testing is pending and is not intended to demonstrate fitness for US Department of Defense contract requirements or for military use. MIL STD and HP Total Test Process test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions. Damage under these test conditions or any accidental damage requires an optional HP Accidental Damage Protection Care Pack. 
6 WWAN module is optional, must be configured at the factory and requires separately purchased service contract. Check with service provider for coverage and availability in your area. Connection speeds will vary due to location, environment, network conditions, and other factors. 4G LTE not available on all products, in all regions.
7 Optional features sold separately or as add on features. 

8 Depending on domain policy setup 
9 The WiGig-compatible notebook or tablet must be positioned within 1.2 m and without obstruction in the line of sight of the wireless dock. HP Advanced Wireless Docking is compatible with the HP Elite x2 1012 G1 with an optional installed Intel Tri Band Wireless AC with WiGig Combo card available at the time of purchase. 
10 HP Touchpoint Manager requires purchase of a subscription and supports Android, iOS and Windows 7 or higher operating systems and PCs, notebooks, tablets and smartphones from various manufacturers. Not available in all countries see www.hp.com/touchpoint for availability information. 
11 Serviceable by HP Support, HP Certified Technicians, HP Authorized Service Providers or participants in the HP Self-Maintainer Program. See hp.com/partners/SMprogram for more details. 12 Some vPro functionality, such as Intel Active management technology and Intel Virtualization technology, requires additional 3rd party software in order to run. Microsoft Windows required. 
13 Estimated street prices. Actual prices may vary.