HP has a brand-new refresh of its Elite x2 convertible lineup. The Elite x2 1012 G2 is on the way and it looks like it will provide a nice alternative to anyone who isn't too impressed with Microsoft's line of convertibles. Like its previous iteration, the Elite x2 has one big advantage over the Surface Pro 4 and most other tablets: You can open it up and swap out parts yourself.
The Elite x2 brings Kaby Lake CPUs to the table, offering up options ranging from a Core i3-7100U up to a Core i7-7600U with Intel HD Graphics 620 onboard. These CPUs can be paired with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3-1866 RAM, though the standard configurations come in 4 GB and 8 GB flavors. Storage comes in both M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe NVMe options with capacity topping out at 1TB. The display is a 12.3-inch, Gorilla Glass 4-covered screen with a 2736x1824 resolution.
The port loadout has one each of USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3 support, USB 3.0 ports, a microSD card reader, and a single audio jack. Network connectivity options include 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, and optional 4G LTE connectivity. The system also packs an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 5 MP front-facing snapper that supports Windows Hello.
HP says the 47-WHr battery inside the Elite x2 will allow for up to 10 hours of battery life, and that its HP Fast Charge feature will let you charge it up to 50% in 30 minutes. The tablet portion of the Elite x2 weighs in at 1.8 lbs (0.8 kg) and is 0.3" (8 mm) thick. The Travel and Advance keyboards can bring those stats as high as 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg) for weight and 0.6" (15 mm) for thickness.
Unlike so many other tablets, the Elite x2 is user-serviceable, allowing you to swap out RAM, hard drives, and even the Wi-Fi card. All the machines features coupled with its serviceability make for a hefty price tag, though. While the Surface Pro 4 is available for as little as $749, the Elite x2 will start at $1,099 when it hits stores in July.