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Another Chromebook, another day, right? Actually, no.

HP’s new Chromebook x2, announced today, is the first Chrome-based PC that’s also detachable. Thanks to the device’s magnetic hinge, users can run Android apps on the device in either laptop or tablet mode.

HP Chromebook x2

HP’s Chromebook x2: tablet or laptop mode, Android apps

It’s no slouch under the hood, either. The HP Chromebook x2 features a 7th Gen Intel Core processor (surely, an 8th Gen option must be coming soon); up to 8GB of memory; up to 32GB of built-in storage (with a MicroSD option that gets you up to 256GB); and 100GB of free Google Cloud storage for 2 years.

The detachable keyboard is full-sized. The 12.3-inch Quad HD touch display is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass. And battery life is promised at up to 10 hours.

As you’d expect, the device is light and thin: In tablet mode it weighs 1.62 pounds and measures 8.2 mm (0.3 inch) thick. With its keyboard, the weight increases to 3.13 pounds and the thickness to 15.3 mm (0.6 inch).

Shipments are set for June 10. Customers will be able to order directly from HP.com and BestBuy, with retail prices starting at approximately $600.

Design, entertainment features

The new HP Chromebook has also been designed to look good. The device features a unibody design and ceramic white aluminum finish. The keyboard is covered with a “leather-like” surface in Oxford blue.

All work and no play makes Jill a dull girl, so the HP Chromebook x2 also sports features for entertainment. These include dual speakers tuned by B&O Play. You also get 2 cameras — a 5-megapixel unit on the front, and a 12 MP on the rear.

For connections, the device offers 3 types of ports: USB Type-C, MicrosSD and audio.

Got users with Chrome? Tell them about HP’s Chromebook x2, the first detachable running Google's cloud-happy Chrome OS and Android apps.


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