HP’s take on Surface Pro-style portable productivity tablet under the Elite x2 series has gotten an upgrade for 2019. The business-focused detachable flaunts its metal build and a leather keyboard attachment for that premium touch and includes a super-bright 1000-nit display which comes with its own quirks.
- Up to 13-inch display with resolution of up to 3,000 x 2,000 pixels
- Up to 8th Gen Intel Core i7 8665U vPro CPU with Intel UHD Graphics 620
- 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM and up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Up to Windows 10 Pro 64
- 3 USB 3.1 Type-C ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
- 8MP rear camera and FHD IR webcam
- Optional keyboard attachment
- Nano SIM card slot
- Bang & Olufsen dual stereo speakers
HP Elite x2 G4: The Basics
Part of HP’s business-centric range of Elite-branded notebooks, the all-new Elite x2 G4 comes with a 2-in-1 form factor and replaces the previous-gen G3 model. The metal-clad premium tablet has support for optional keyboard attachments, made out of aluminum or genuine leather, and the HP Rechargeable Active Pen 3. Plus, the detachable comes packed with a series of enterprise-class privacy and security features from HP.
This elegant table from HP has a rather minimal kickstand allowing you to rest the tablet at any desirable angle. Despite allowing this level of flexibility, the Elite x2 G4 gives a full PC experience with its 8th generation Whiskey Lake Intel Core i-series processors and the professional-grade Windows 10 Pro operating system. In addition to this, you can configure the tablet with up to 2TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD and a standard RAM capacity of 16GB.
Designed for being used on the go, HP has included a plethora of latest connectivity features including the ability to avail 4G LTE connectivity using a Nano SIM card. Besides, it also comes with support for Wi-Fi 6 using an Intel 2×2 modem to offer theoretical gigabit file transfer speeds along with Bluetooth 5. Furthermore, HP didn’t limit the tablet to that; it features a pair of Thunderbolt 3 ports along with a standard USB 3.1 Type-C port that is also used for charging the device.
The HP Elite x2 G4 alone weighs just about 0.83kg/1.83lb and the weight doesn’t go beyond 1.198kg/2.64lb when counting the detachable keyboard accessory as well. Within that weight, the device packs a 2-cell 47 Wh battery that is rated to support up to 10 hours of continuous use.
1000-nit Display and HP Active Pen G3
For the HP Elite x2 G4, its display is the standout feature offering an exceptional 1000 nits of peak brightness. The only downside of this feature is that it’s available only on the lower-resolution display, so you’ll have to choose between a bright or a sharp display. This high brightness feature is being offered only with the 13-inch display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,280 pixels, while the panel of the same size with 3,000 x 2,000 pixels won’t get it, neither will the smaller 12.3-inch display with 1280p resolution.
On the brighter side (no pun intended), the new Elite x2 supports HP’s latest Active Pen G3 (sold separately) which boasts a lower actuation force of 5g and supports 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. A full charge takes just 30 mins over USB Type-C and the Pen will be good for a full week while a quick 15-second charge can run it for up to 1.5 hours.
|Tablet||HP Elite x2 G4|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro|
|Display||12.3-inch (1920 x 1280) or 13-inch (1920 x 1280; 3000 x 2000)|
|Processor||Up to Intel Core i7 8665U|
|Grafik||Intel HD Graphics|
|Storage||Up to 2TB NVME SSD|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Main camera||8 megapixel|
|Front camera||Full HD webcam|
|Connectivity||Optional WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE|
|Ports||2 x USB C 3.1 with Thunderbold, 1 x USB C 3.1 Gen 1|
|Battery||Up to 10 hours|
|Security||IR camera with Windows Hello|
|Dimensions||289.3 x 215.8 x 8.8 mm|
|Gewicht||0.83kg/1.83lb to 1.198kg/2.64lb|
The best alternative to this premium HP machine is the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (review) that offers a very similar form-factor and accessory support. It offers superb build quality and has robust support from the company as well as the community. On the other side, there is the Lenovo Miix 520 (review) that not only offers a similar set of internals, but it also comes bundled with a keyboard cover and a Lenovo-branded stylus. While if you want something more compact, then Microsoft also makes the 10.1-inch Surface Go (review) which shares most of its premium features with its larger sibling.
Price & Availability
Officially announced last week, HP will make the Elite x2 G4 available sometime in August this year. The starting price for this tablet is believed to be 1,499 USD with higher-end configurations presumably costing extra. An optional leather folio case is also expected to go official along with the tablet’s launch, pricing for which isn’t known yet.
HP Elite x2 G4The HP Elite x2 G4 is a premium tablet running Windows 10 Pro. It features a full metal body with a Surface-style kickstand, Intel Whiskey Lake processors, and a choice of a 12.3 or 13-inch screen. The later one can be up to 1000 nits bright. You can get the Elite x2 G4 with a keyboard cover and an active pen.
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