HP's Elite X2 brings Thunderbolt 3 to convertible tablets


— 8:22 AM on November 20, 2015

Convertible tablets haven't offered many options to choose from for users who want high-speed external connectivity and ease of service in the same package. HP is looking to rectify that with the Elite X2 1012, a two-in-one with Skylake internals, provisions for easy service, and Thunderbolt 3 external connectivity options.

It's unusual to find a tablet that's built to be user-serviceable. HP thinks that business IT departments will appreciate that they can work on the Elite X2, something we'd bet many of our readers would find interesting, too. HP has also equipped the Elite X2 with USB Type-C ports that carry USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3 signals, a trick that not even Microsoft's pricey Surface Book has.

HP hasn't published official specs for this slate yet, but Ars Technica has posted an official-looking list. One might get a sense of deja vu when looking at the Elite X2's spec sheet. Much like the company's Spectre X2, this model is powered by Skylake-based Core m3, m5, or m7 processors fed by up to 8GB of memory. M.2 SSDs as big as 512GB handle storage duties.

The Elite X2's 12" IPS display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and sits in a chassis that's 8.1 millimeters thick. Similar to the Spectre X2, the Elite X2 has a fold-out kickstand frame that rotates 150 degrees. Both a Wacom-powered stylus and keyboard attachment are included by default. Because of its Thunderbolt 3 controller, this model is compatible with a pair of docks. One docking station uses USB 3.1, while another communicates using Thunderbolt 3.

HP says the Elite X2 1012 won't ship until January, but this convertible will be available for preorder on November 23. The $899 base model includes a Core m3 processor, 4GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. Refreshingly, that price includes a keyboard and Wacom pen. 

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