Verizon is now selling the $1000 HP Elite x2, an LTE-connected Surface Pro 4 competitor


Verizon is now selling the HP Elite x2 Windows 10 2-in-1. The 4G LTE slab, priced at $999 without a contract or $899 on a two-year agreement, is an interesting alternative to Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. Verizon seems to be focusing on marketing the HP Elite x2 among business customers, a move that makes a lot of sense given the hardware specs.

The metal-built HP Elite x2 features a 12-inch IPS display running at 1920 by 1080 pixels. While that's a step down compared to the Surface Pro 4's 2560 by 1200 display, the sharpness will still suffice for most office tasks. A layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 ensures scratch and drop protection.

Speaking of drop protection, the HP Elite x2 is MIL-STD-810G certified, meaning that it's able to survive potential drops or spills. This is a rare feature on a tablet but purchasing managers are surely not going to complain about.

The brain of the operation is an Intel Core m3-6Y30 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, the same base setup as the entry-level Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and a decent configuration overall.

In the camera department, the HP Elite x2 is equipped with a 5MP primary sensor and a 2MP sensor for video conferences. Interestingly, the x2 fares much better when it comes to audio thanks to its Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers and dual microphone array.

Other notable features include support for LTE bands 4, 5, and 13, a USB 3.1 Type C port with Thunderbolt support, a USB 3.0 Type A port, a 40Whr Li-ion polymer battery.

Looking at the specs and features, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the HP Elite x2 share a lot of characteristics. They are similar in terms of build and overall size, feature Wacom digitizers, come with built-in retractable kickstands and detachable keyboards, and come with sufficient processing power for most office tasks.

The entry-level Surface Pro 4 costs $899 and features a higher-resolution display but does not come with LTE connectivity or splash and drop protection. Also, the $129.99 Type Cover is not included in the base price. The $999 Elite x2, however, includes the attachable backlit keyboard. Which one would you guys choose between the two?

source: Verizon

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3 Comments

1. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

I'm betting the surface pro 5 will finally have an lte option

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3137; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I had this tablet some time ago. I don't know why VZW is selling it now but whatever. A couple of things to note. First, even though it's factory unlocked, only VZW works on it. A foreign SIM will be detected and the connection manager will try to make it connect, it never will. Second, the B&O speakers are nothing to speak of, they're no better than any other tablet. Third, forget about using the steel band to prop it up against your lap, it's very uncomfortable. It's not flimsy or anything, it's very sturdy but it's so thin it's not made for anything other than hard, flat surfaces. Outside of those issues, it's a great tablet and the display kicks butt even though it's "only" FHD.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Still will take a Surface anyday.

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