HP's new Core M convertible hides an extra battery in its keyboard dock

HP uncorked a boatload of business-oriented mobile systems yesterday, including multiple Windows and Android tablets. For me, the most intriguing of the bunch is the Elite x2 1011 G1, an 11.6" detachable convertible with Core M horsepower.

Source: HP

When it's released later this month, the Elite will be available with a range of Core M processors along with up to 512GB of solid-state storage and 8GB of RAM. The datasheet (PDF) suggests the onboard memory is a single 4GB or 8GB module, seemingly ruling out dual-channel configurations. We've asked HP to clarify, and we'll update this post when we hear back.

Somewhat surprisingly, the base display has a measly 1366x768 resolution. A 1080p unit is also an option, and both screens use IPS panel technology. Phew. Users can complement the capacitive touchscreen with an optional digitizer and Wacom stylus, as well. Other optional extras include a fingerprint reader, 4G connectivity, and a WiGig docking station with a range of four feet.

The travel keyboard in action

HP has two keyboard docks lined up. The power keyboard is probably the one you want; it has a sturdy hinge, backlit keys, a force-sensitive touchpad, dual USB ports, DisplayPort out, and a 21-Wh auxiliary battery to provide some relief for the 33-Wh cell in the tablet. Most of those features are absent from the basic travel keyboard, which relies on a folding cover to prop up the tablet.

On its own, the tablet is 0.42" thick and 1.7 lbs. Add another 0.4" and 1.7 lbs for the power keyboard and 1.2 lbs for the travel keyboard. HP doesn't list the thickness with the travel keyboard attached, but the contraption doesn't look especially thin.

HP says the Elite x2 1011 G1 starts at $899, which presumably refers to a configuration with a Core M-5Y10c processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the 1366x768 display. That seems a little steep, but corporate gear usually carries a bit of a price premium over machines geared toward consumers.

Update: HP tells us the Elite x2 uses dual-channel memory. The datasheet is in error, the company says, and it should be corrected soon. Kudos to HP for not skimping on the memory config.

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