HP Announces Elite x2 1012 G2 Detachable PC for Business

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 24 Comments

HP Announces Elite x2 1012 G2

HP today announced the second generation version of its Elite x2 2-in-1 detachable PC. Like the previous version, the Elite x2 1012 G2, as it is called, offers some significant advantages over Surface Pro 4 and other 2-in-1 detachables.

I wrote about the original HP Spectre x2 back in November 2015. That device offered premium build quality, a superior keyboard cover, and two USB-C ports, which was very forward-leaning at the time. (Today, not including USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 is drunkenly off-target.)

For the new version of the Elite x2, HP is offering a familiar form factor—it looks very much like its predecessor—with some important improvements:

Improved kickstand. Where the original Elite x2 offered a hard-to-engage kickstand with just 150 degrees of movement, the new version fixes both issues. Now, no switch is required to open the kickstand, and it leans back nearly all the way to the surface on which the device sits.

Productivity keyboard. I really liked the keyboard cover on the original x2, but this new version includes HP’s new collaboration keyboard, which includes special Skype for Business keys. It still offers 1.5 mm of key travel—which is ideal—and is again backlit.

Inking improvements. In tablet mode, you can use the bundled smart pen for writing and sketching, and this new version of the Elite x2 provides 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity with zero latency and improved palm rejection.

Improved performance. Where the original Elite x2 was held back by its Core M processor, the new Elite x2 now utilizes a 7th generation features a choice of 7th-generation Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. RAM has doubled to up to 16 GB, and storage has quadrupled, to up to 1 TB.

Thinner and lighter. The Elite x2 is thinner and lighter than its predecessor and Surface Pro 4.

Battery improvements. Battery life is rated at 10:15, and HP claims that its fast charge capabilities can restore half of the device’s capacity in just 30 minutes.

Connectivity. Described as “best in class connectivity,” the Elite x2 offers a full-sized USB 3 port, a USB-C 3.1 port, and WiGig, global 4G LTE, and 2×2 WAN/802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Audio improvements. The Elite x2 features front-firing stereo speakers and is the first business class detachable to be certified for Skype for Business. HP noise cancellation and audio boost aid performance in noisy environments.

Improved display. Where the original x2 featured a 12-inch 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, the new version utilizes a larger (12.3-inch) and higher resolution WQXGA+ (2736 x 1824) display with smaller bezels.

Serviceability. The Elite x2 was highly-rated for its serviceability—iFixit awarded it 10 out of 10, compared to 4 out of 10 for Surface Pro 4—and the new version continues this tradition.

Security features. The Elite x2 features a Windows Hello compatible fingerprint reader and IR camera, both of which are integrated into the device. It also includes HP SureStart (Gen 3).

Expansion. HP is selling a number of docking solutions, including the Elite 90W Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station, HP Elite USB-C Dock, and HP USB-C Travel Hub.

Price. $1099 and up.


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Comments (24)

24 responses to “HP Announces Elite x2 1012 G2 Detachable PC for Business”

  1. harmjr

    What a name... Elite x2 1012 G2 can you make it any longer... Oh Please...

    Other wise this looks like a very nice machine. Wonder what the price points are.

  2. ecumenical

    "Where the original Elite x2 was held back by its Core M processor, the new Elite x2 now utilizes a 7th generation features a 7th-generation Intel Core i-series processor."

    Is this an actual i7, or the Core Ms that have been rebranded as i7s?


  3. AnthonyB


    Something to be aware of..

  4. brettscoast

    HP really seem to be getting it right with their hardware systems aspect ratio and screen resolution are interesting on this device. Microsoft please take note whenever you release the next version of surface pro

  5. Chris Payne

    Now this is becoming a very interesting device. I don't see a source for the info, but there's two questions/hesitations I have that would make me pause:

    • It says "In tablet mode, you can use the bundled smart pen..." I really hope it can be used in non-tablet mode too, and that the pen performance is as good as or better than the Surface's, which is pretty good.
    • Are we stuck with the pen loop? MS really nailed it on the Surface Pro 4 allowing magnetic pen attachment on both sides of the device. I can't imagine going back to a stupid pen loop.

    Beyond that, the ports, fast-charging, lighter/thinner (by how much I wonder), Windows Hello camera, are all awesome. Let's see what pricing is.

  6. RobertJasiek

    Which versions are silent (fanless and no electronic noise)? Is the (3:2, it seems) display glare or matte?

  7. jimchamplin

    This is a pretty nice 'book. Shame it seems pretty expensive for what you get.

  8. SvenJ

    Did MS license their product naming technology to HP? Is that an integrated pen loop I see, BTW?

  9. Hugo Sanchez

    Thank you for the phrase "drunkenly off-target"

  10. Kurt Jordan

    Improved performance. Where the original Elite x2 was held back by its Core M processor, the new Elite x2 now utilizes a 7th generation features a 7th-generation Intel Core i-series processor. RAM has doubled to 16 GB, and storage has quadrupled, to 1 TB.

    Seems an edit here about the processor is required.

  11. noram

    Does anyone know why I cannot see screen tips when I hover over something that has a screen tip, in tablet mode, with the stylus? It works with a mouse but not a stylus. Is this not an option or is it a setting?