Chrome OS Takes on iPad Pro in a Tablet Form with the HP Chromebook X2

April 11, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The advance of Chrome OS has caused a serious downslide in Apple’s ride with the iPad Pro. With the increase in popularity of Chromebooks, Apple has taken a heavier blow in the field of tablets, and it appears like more blows are inbound.

After years of playing around with notebooks, Chrome OS is finally making way into the tablet section with detachable notebooks. The first of the lot was from Acer, which was a budget-oriented detachable targeted on the lower tiers of market. But now, HP has arrived into the scene, introducing the new Chromebook X2 that is loaded with all the premium stuff to take on the iPad Pro.

HP’s Chromebook X2 comes in a design to rival that of the iPad Pro. The 12.3-inch tablet comes accompanied by a keyboard dock, stylus and cover.  The keyboard is designed to hold the tablet firmly so as to emulate the feel of a clamshell laptop when connected.

As with the inner details, the Chromebook X2 features a Core m3 Kaby Lake processor from Intel and a RAM of 4GB. Like with any other Chromebook, this can be configured with an 8GB RAM too. 32GB is what you get as inbuilt storage, while the camera capabilities are fired by a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP secondary cam.

On the connectivity front, the Chromebook X2 offers two USB-C ports and a microSD card slot, not to forget the 3.5mm headphone jack. HP also claims a battery life of over 10.5 hours.

All these can be obtained at a price of $599. To recall, Apple lets you buy the smaller iPad for $649. That’s without the keyboard and pen, the addition of which will make the overall price peck the $1000 mark.

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