Ever since Google launched Chromebooks, the company’s main competitor has been affordable Windows computers. But as Chromebooks expanded, Google started introducing premium products that don’t limit the brand to affordable products. So far, however, Google and its partners didn’t really have a true Chromebook competitor to the Surface Pro.
Sure, there are a number of convertible Chromebooks in the market, but there are no detachable Chromebooks. All of that changes today with HP’s new Chromebook x2, the world’s first detachable Chromebook.
The 12.3-inch Chromebook comes with a detachable keyboard that you can attach to the 8.2mm thin tablet which weighs around 735 grams. The device is powered by Intel’s 7th gen M-series processors, Intel HD Graphics 615, and comes with up to 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM. There is also 32GB of internal storage, plus the ability to expand the storage by an addition 256GB with microSD.
Google is also offering free 100GB of cloud storage for two years. The device is powered by a 42Wh battery, which is expected to deliver about 10 hours of battery life, HP says. The keyboard doesn’t come with an additional battery, so you won’t get extra battery life when you are using the device with the keyboard attached.
Like other premium Chromebooks, the HP Chromebook x2 supports Android apps from the Google Play store, allowing users to use apps like OneNote, Word, and other Android apps that support Chrome OS. The device seems like a viable option for those looking for a mid-range laptop, and it will be available for purchase from June 10 in the United States, starting at $599.99.