Adding yet another model to its premium convertible line, HP is now back with the Elite x2 G8 to catch up with today’s specs. The tablet itself is very reminiscent of Microsoft Surface’s form factor, but HP seems to have a lot of things right by building upon what the Surface has to offer. And this tablet should be a powerhouse in your hands with its laptop-class latest Intel Core processors.
Here’s all you need to know about the HP Envy x2 G8, including its detailed specifications, pricing, availability details, and some alternatives worth checking out.
- 13” 3:2 display
- 11th-gen Intel Core processors
- Up to 16GB RAM, 2TB SSD
- In-built kickstand
- Stylus support
- 47WHr battery with fast charging
- Durakey backlit keyboard
- Optional 4G LTE
HP Elite x2 G8: The Basics
The Elite x2 G8 is out and out a premium Windows tablet that comes with an industrial design for its use in more professional settings. Over at the back, you have a minimal kickstand that sticks out to let you adjust the tablet at almost any angle. Over at the front, you’ll find a massive (for a tablet) 13-inch panel in the Surface Pro-like 3:2 aspect ratio. HP is offering a handful of resolution and brightness options for that touchscreen, which comes covered with Gorilla Glass 5 and supports the Active Pen G3 stylus.
Its trackpad-clad backlit keyboard looks sturdy, based on the images, so you shouldn’t face any deck flex while typing. For security, you’re getting a front-facing IR camera that is enabled for facial recognition, while you may optionally even get a rear-mounted fingerprint reader. As with most HP laptops, this Elite x2 G8 slate also gets a pair of Bang & Olufsen speakers in a stereo arrangement. On top of all that, the device comes with three USB-C ports, two of which are Thunderbolt 4 enabled — a neat addition for a slim slate.
Being powered by Intel’s latest 11th-gen Core processors, the tablet should get plenty powerful for almost all your office work. Having 4G LTE (optional) also helps you work even when you’re away from your desk. HP has included a decent-sized battery that it says can sustain 1000 charge cycles or last you 3 years, and it has also added support for fast charging. It charges over USB-C, while it also retains the headphone jack.
|Tablet||HP Elite x2 G8|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|Display||13-inch (1920 x 1280 or 3000 x 2000), 400/450/1000 nits, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||11th gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7|
|Storage||128/256/512GB/1/2TB NVMe SSD|
|Main camera||8MP with privacy shutter|
|Front camera||2MP, FHD, IR, privacy shutter|
|Connectivity||Optional LTE, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||2x USB-C with Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB-C 3.1, audio jack|
|Security||Facial recognition, optional fingerprint reader|
|Dimensions||289.3 x 215.8 x 8.8mm (tablet only), 289.3 x 215.8 x 14.2mm (tablet + keyboard)|
Pricing & Availability
Announced at the CES 2021, the Elite x2 G8 is set to go on sale sometime in April this year, probably starting with the United States. However, HP hasn’t yet shared the tablet’s actual retail price and says that it’d be available around launch time.
HP Elite x2 G8 Alternatives
In that kind of premium space, you don’t have a lot of options with this form factor. The Lenovo Yoga Duet 7i (review) came out last year with a hefty price tag as an alternative to the Surface Pro line. Those wanting a bit more performance and a slightly higher budget can also look at the Surface Book 3, which continues to be one of the few good performance detachables on the market.
Microsoft more recently announced a refreshed Surface Pro 7+ especially for business users, which brings the latest Intel chips to a device that is much favored for its lightweight design. On the iOS side, the iPad Pro 2020 (review) could be a good choice if you see yourself comfortably using an iOS tablet for your work. You can pair it with a floating keyboard accessory and the industry-leading Apple Pencil stylus.
HP Elite x2 G8HP's new Elite tablet brings Intel's latest and powerful laptop chips to the tablet. Maintaining its premium positioning, the detachable gets a large, high-res 3:2 screen along with a keyboard attachment to go with your work routine. You have the option to pick a stylus accessory to make use of that touchscreen better for signing documents, taking notes, and such. Plus, having LTE onboard helps you work even in places without Wi-Fi.
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