A year ago, Microsoft and HP introduced the Elite x2, a 2-in-1 Windows 10 PC targeted at business professionals featuring a detachable keyboard, a stylus as well as extra security and manageability features for IT departments. Yesterday, US Carrier Verizon has announced that would start selling the tablet which unlike Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 supports cellular connectivity (via Neowin).
"The HP Elite x2 is perfect for a wide range of business applications" explained HP in the press release, highlighting built-in security features such as HP Sure Start technology. Additionally, the US carrier claimed that "you don't need to worry about drops or spills" as the hybrid tablet passed MIL-STD-810G testing.
Here are the detailed specs of the Elite x2:
- 12.0" diagonal BrightView LED-backlit WUXGA + UWVA Ultra-slim (1920 x 1280) Touchscreen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
- Intel Core M3-6Y30 processor
- 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD (expandable with microSD, not included)
- 2MP 1080p front-facing webcam; 5 MP 1080p rear-facing camera
- Bang & Olufsen dual stereo speakers and dual microphone array
- 4-cell, 40 WHr Li-ion polymer battery delivering up to 10.25 hours of battery life
- LTE Bands 13/4/5; CDMA 1X/RTT, EV-DO rB, BC0 & BC1; GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900; HSPA+/UMTS 850/900/1700/1900/2100
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2)
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 1 x USB 3.1 Type C with Thunderbolt support
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type A
- Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system
While the HP Elite x2 is already a year old, its cellular connectivity option and USB-C port may well make it slightly more versatile options than other 2-in-1 Windows 10 devices. However, at $899.99 with a new two-year contract (or $999.99 at full retail price), the Elite x2 is not exactly cheap but that is to be expected with a business-targeted device. You can get more information on the HP Elite X2 by checking the store listing on Verizon's website.