Microsoft may not be launching the Surface Pro 5 anytime soon, but HP?EU?s Elite x2 1012 G2 may be the next best thing. The new 2-in-1, slated to ship in July starting at $1,099, is apparently aiming to compete with Microsoft’s flagship device.
The Elite seems to be designed to appeal to the same professionals and enterprise customers that flocked to the Surface Pro, thanks to a variety of high-end features. Those include a reinforced stylus that offers 2048 different levels of pressure sensitivity, something sure to please creative professionals, and the option to use its Collaboration Keyboard, with dedicated buttons to conduct conference and Skype calls. The Advanced Keyboard, meanwhile, sports both NFC (near field communication) technology and a smart card reader.
The hybrid is also the first detachable device to achieve the Skype for Business certification, and comes with both noise cancellation and audio boost technology to enhance the clarity of a speaker?EU?s voice.
Security is another big selling point for the Elite x2. The device comes with a biometric fingerprint reader, an IR scanner for facial recognition, hardwired multi-level authentication technology, secure BIOS settings, and a smartphone app for managing the device remotely, including tamper detection and remote activation and deactivation.
Security is only part of the Elite x2?EU?s appeal, though. The device also improves on the Surface Pro 4?EU?s Skylake CPUs with four separate options from the Kaby Lake architecture, including an i3, two i5s, and an i7 option. Users interested in a top of the line model can expand its memory up to 16 GB of RAM and 1 TB of SSD space. For comparison, the top line Surface Pro 4 offers a 256 GB SSD.
One feature that feels unique to the Elite x2 is its high level of…