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HP Pro x2 redesign encroaches on Surface Pro territory

The second-gen tablet PC has been completely overhauled to be slimmer, lighter, tougher and more secure.

The HP Pro x2 612 G2 is a complete redesign of 2014's G1, a tablet that's downright clunky compared to today's Windows 10 ($110 at Amazon) two-in-ones. In fact, the G2, announced in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, has more in common with a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 ($569 at Amazon) than the G1.

Instead of the original's pull-apart design, with teeth that slot into the tablet's side making it look like a thick clamshell laptop, the Pro x2 612 G2 is a fanless, slim 12-inch full HD tablet with a fold-out kickstand and a magnetically attached keyboard cover. It's essentially the company's HP Elite x2, but tuned-up with the latest seventh-generation Intel processors, tougher construction and better security.

Available now at a starting price of $979 (roughly £785 or AU$1,275), it's built for business use, right down to its keyboard, which features shortcut keys for starting presentations and making video conference calls. Instead of the Elite x2 keyboard's cloth back, HP went with something that could be easily wiped down for dusty environments or medical use and the tablet is designed to pass MIL-STD 810G tests.

Other features include:

  • Processors up to Intel Core i7-7Y75
  • 8GB of memory
  • Up to 512GB of storage
  • Integrated Intel HD Graphics 615
  • Dual-band wireless 802.11ac with optional WWAN
  • USB 3.1 Type-C (docking, charging and data transfer) and USB 3.0 ports, microSD card slot and headphone/microphone combo jack

HP will also offer several accessories, including an active Wacom pen for drawing and writing on the screen, USB-C docks for power and peripherals, mobile scanning and a rugged case for extreme work environments.

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