HP’s New Elite X2 Is the Closest You’re Going to Get to That Surface pro 5 That Isn’t Happening

I know, I know. We’ve all been waiting for the follow-up to Microsoft’s wildly popular Surface Pro 4 since just after its release back in 2015. And to be fair, for anyone besides Apple, 18 months is a long time to make your customers wait for the latest and greatest when it comes to their favorite product. And more so than any other laptop innovation we’ve seen in the past decade, the Surface Pro is most definitely a consumer favorite. So, while Microsoft is off trying to make the best conventional laptop in the market right now (see last week’s review of their new Surface Laptop), HP is stepping up to the plate and delivering the Kaby Lake-powered 2-in-1 we’ve all been dreaming about.

At just 0.36 inches thick and 1.77 pounds, the Elite x2 1012 G2 (yes, we know, it’s a mouthful) is already thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 4. Plus, it incorporates the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel that weren’t even available when the last version of the Surface was released. Users will have their choice of either a Core i3-7100U, Core i5-7200U or i5-7300U, all the way up to the Core i7-7600U. Much like the Surface Pro, the Elite x2 will support up to 16GB of RAM memory and a terabyte of solid-state storage. Its screen even got a pretty considerable boost, up to 2,736 x 1,824 resolution on a 12.3-inch screen – far superior to its previous 1,920 x 1,080 resolution on an 11.6-inch screen.

As with any good convertible laptop, some of the most exciting perks are in the little added details. The screen, for example, has been outfitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and a 10-point multitouch sensor. This pairs perfectly with HP’s new Active Pen, which now boasts 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. As for ports, you’ll have plenty to choose from between the USB-C 3.1 Thunderbolt port, full-sized USB 3.0, SIM card slot, microSD card slot, and headphone jack. It’s also incredibly secure, and includes a fingerprint reader as well as a 5MP front-facing infrared camera for Windows 10 facial recognition authentication. Other extras include an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash, redesigned front-facing speakers, and even the option between two different keyboards, depending on your needs. And best of all, it’s built to run all day. HP says their new hybrid lasts up to 10 hours and 15 minutes on a single charge, and fast charge can get you back up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes.

The one place the Surface Pro 4 may have the Elite x2 1012 G2 beat is in price. While you can currently snag a Surface tablet for around $799, the base model of the Elite x2 starts at $1,099 – a steep hike. But considering that the Elite comes fully equipped with a keyboard and stylus included, plus all that sweet new Kaby Lake power, it looks to be the new 2-in-1 to beat.

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