HP announces a slick Pro x2 enterprise-ready 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet PC

HP is pushing forward with its bread and butter business and enterprise with the refreshed Pro x2 612 a two-in-one Windows 10 PC built around security and productivity. The announcement came today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Also, HP officially announced the Elite x3 Mobile Scanning Solution for health care and retail workers, which we recently reported.

HP Pro x2 612

The HP Pro x2 is a 12-inch Surface-like PC but with a heavy focus on enterprise, security, and device manageability. Moreover, it comes in a wide array of configurations to fit the needs and budgets of IT departments, but still, starts at the $979 price point (and quickly goes up from there). From the press release:

The new HP Pro x2 612 G2is designed for today's mobile professionals who want a stylish device that is easy to use. At the same time, they need applications that automate workflows in field services, government, healthcare, and retail verticals while delivering high productivity with the enterprise-class security and serviceability IT requires.

The Pro x2 features Intel 7th generation processors including the M3-7Y30 but can go all the way up to a Core i7-7Y75 with Intel HD Graphics 615. Those processors also allow for a fanless design, which matters in hospitals and rugged environments to prevent damage or accidental spills.

The tablet PC also features 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, smart card reader, micro SD, USB Type-C, USB 3.0, and a SIM slot for mobile connectivity. For cameras, there is a 5MP Full HD front-facing and an 8MP Full HD rear-facing camera.

Other features include MIL-STD 810G tested, HP fast charging, HP Sure Start Gen3 for BIOS monitoring, full-sized, aluminum-accented HP Pro x2 Collaboration Keyboard, Fingerprint Reader, 165° kickstand, and HP Active Pen. HP also says the Pro x2 is "designed to last for the traditional enterprise 3-to 5-year lifecycle".

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CategoryHP Pro x2 612
ProcessorIntel Core i7-7Y75
Intel Core i5-7Y54
Intel Core i5-7Y57
Intel Core M3-7Y30
Intel Pentium 4410Y
Internal storageUp to 512 GB M.2 SATA
Up to 256 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe
Display12" FHD BrightView WUXGA+ UWVA eDP ultra-slim LED-backlit touch screen (1920 x1280)
Direct bonded
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
GraphicsIntel HD 615
Windows HelloFingerprint reader (optional)
PortsUSB 3.1 Type-C (docking, charging and data transfer)
1 USB 3.0
1 microSD
1 headphone/microphone combo
CommunicationsHP Module with NXP NFC Controller
Expansion Slots1 microSD
1 smart card reader (Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC)
WirelessIntel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo (vPro and non-vPro)
HP hs3210 WW HSPA+Mobile Broadband
HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ 4G Mobile Broadband
HP lt4120 LTE/EV-DO/HSPA+ Gobi 4G Mobile Broadband
Camera5 MP FHD 1080p front-facing webcam with LED indicator
8 MP FHD 1080p rear-facing webcam with flash LED
Gyro (Combo chip) (tablet)
Proximity (SAR for WWAN) (tablet)
Ambient light sensor
HP fast charge
Weight2.65 lb/1.2kg (tablet with travel keyboard)

What make the HP Pro x2 stand out are all its security features including: HP BIOSphere, HP Sure Start Gen3, HP Client Security Gen3, HP Secure Erase, Preboot Authentication, Absolute Persistence Module, Fingerprint reader (optional), Drive Encryption, Power-on Authentication (password, fingerprint), TPM 2.0 (1.2 optional), and HP Password Manager.

Also, users can remove the SSD from the Pro x2 in case the device needs servicing to protect sensitive data, and the kickstand can is user-replaceable in case it breaks. Other accessories for the Pro x2 include Elite USB-D Dock, HP USB-C Travel, and Hub, HP Retail and Rugged cases.

The HP Pro x2 612 is now available to order direct from HP and their retail business channels. The Pro x2 is not expected to be available through consumer channels or stores.

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • 899 ?
  • 979USD for me--- overpriced
  • I guess the base price for the intel pentium model is kinda high. Even though the other base components seem acceptable. Anyway it's a rugged device and as experiences with other such devices from dell, panasonic or toshiba show, they don't come cheap.
  • Enterprise class devices are much more expensive -- they are more rugged and they keep making parts for them for maintenance for an extended period of time. Those long-life products on the roadmap are always expensive.
  • Solid device for business and anyone else really!!
  • Agreed, could easily see this as a great productivity tool you see in the field (doctor's office, sports/entertainment facilty) that you wouldn't know could be a retail-available product too.
  • Looks pretty sweet and sturdy! HP may pull me away from Surface if the SP5 is just an incremental upgrade...
  • But will it get automatic driver and firmware updates that actually work? That's where all these manufacturers fail.
  • Maybe? Our Windows 10 Lenovo notebook hasn't had any firmware updates (just automatic Windows updates), but it's been so trouble free that I don't know why it would need any in the first place. 
  • I'm sure there are updates available for it with bug fixes and security fixes even though it hasn't affected you.
  • I don't think that will be an issue with HP.
  • Really like that the SSD is removable! I wonder how easy it would be to replace the battery too? (Love my SP4 but battery has degraded by 17% in 1.3 years according to powercfg.)
  • Yeah,SSD and battery(easily) removable would be good in such devices.
  • SSD removable is a huge plus.  May well mean you can increase the size down the road?  Have to see.
    ​Would be nice to also have removable wifi so that module could be upgraded as standards change, but that's a longer reach item.    
  • Im hoping the SP5 has a removable battery! But question do iPads suffer from battery degregation?
  • Everything that uses a battery suffers degradation. Batteries wear out. All of them.
  • But the ipads I use at work never seem to have this issue. Iphones yes.
  • Battery tech is battery tech no matter which device they are in. Batteries degrade over time, Windows, android, chromes os, ios, or mac device. PlayStation,Gameboy, Xbox accessories, battery powered adult toys, etc. All have batteries. All degrade
  • Nice to see all these oem making 2 in 1 with pen support like Surface. The more popular it becomes, the more software is developed. Like the app gap of W10M, you need users to help with getting apps.
  • Thunderbolt 3 is not mentioned., what means it is not supported. Waiting for SP5.
  • I can see the volume and power button on the side. I like that as it's on top on the Surface Pro and it kind of gets annoying. I just wish HP would bring in some colours or lighter keyboards. I like how the MS Pro can suit different peoples tastes. Sick to death of black and dark keyboards as they are so last century. Although if they bring out a dark Surface they'll most likely do that very nice. HP has been making awesome products lately and the Elite X3 is one of them, so expecting this to be good quality build as well.
  • This is not even worth buying. It will cost you $3182.00 US Dollars to buy : HP Pro x2 612 G2 w/ Intel® Core™ i7-7Y75 (1.3 GHz, 4MB Cache) 2-core Processor, 8GB Memory, Intel® HD Graphics 615 - Y1F96AV. LOL, REALLY!!! WTF!! Who would even?