Acer shook things up with a Chrome OS powered Android tablet a couple weeks ago, but with a heavy focus on the education market it may not be the perfect answer for someone that’s looking for a decent Android tablet replacement. HP is trying to fill in that gap, though, and they’re doing it with the slick HP Chromebook x2.
What makes the x2 stand out from other Chrome OS laptops is that it’s the first ever detachable Chromebook, so you can pick up the screen and use it just like a regular tablet. Except, of course, it runs Chrome OS and some Android applications. Whether or not HP likes it, this really puts the x2 right next to the likes of Apple’s high-end iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface line, even more so than Google’s own Pixelbook.
The good news is that HP is equipping the Chromebook x2 well to handle that competition. You’ll get 7th generation Intel Core processors, 8GB of RAM, and a lightweight design. You’ll also get 32GB of internal storage with an expandable microSD card slot, decent cameras, and speakers tuned by B&O, which should be a pretty decent media experience.
Pricing starts at $599, which means you’ll need to spend a little bit more if you want a higher-end processor or the digital stylus for creative work. But if you’re interested, keep an eye out for the device when it’s available on June 10th this year.