Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

HP Unveils its First Detachable Chromebook

HP Unveils its First Detachable Chromebook

So to help address those shortcomings, HP went out and made the Chromebook x2, the world's first detachable Chromebook whose keyboard actually comes in the box.

The HP Chromebook x2 will be available soon starting at $599. But, on the other hand, the HP Chromebook X2 looks expensive compared to other Chromebooks that cost around $300.

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Hewlett Packard has announced a new Chromebook two-in-one tablet-cum-laptop, with which the lines between the laptop- and desktop-focused Chrome OS and tablet- and smarpthone-focused Android operating systems blur still further. The company said it's also designed for both flexibility and durability and includes an HP Active Pen and a magnetic hinge design that allows the device to be used effectively as either a laptop or a detachable tablet. This device has been powered by Intel's 7 generation M-series, Intel HD Graphics 615, and comes with 8GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, along with the ability to expand the storage to 256GB with microSD. It has a laptop hinge built into it, which the tablet magnetically attaches to.

Chromebooks don't tend to have much onboard storage, and the x2's measly 32 GB of integrated storage follows that trend. It even has a microSD slot and USB-C ports for expansion. The device can operate as a standalone tablet or with a keyboard, offering a new way for users to interact with the device and the Google ecosystem, according to a press release. The iPad Pro, in comparison, starts at $649 for the 9.7-inch variant. It also comes with dual speakers that are custom tuned by B&O Play.

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As with the Surface Book, the benefit of a device like this is that you can switch between tablet and desktop modes easily - something that Chrome OS is now proving itself adept at, especially now it supports Android apps (the full desktop version of Google Chrome is slowly becoming more touchscreen-friendly). Its pricing suggests that it will also have to compete with the low-priced Windows laptops.

Chrome developers are working on project Crostini to bring containers for running Linux VMs on Chrome OS. And that's before you run into issues that can crop up when trying to use iOS as a full-time work device. It is expected to be available in multiple hardware configurations and price points.

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