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HP Elite x2 1012 vs. the Competition

Posted by VLCM on Mar 8, 2016 3:25:44 PM

With businesses adopting mobility into their IT decisions, 2-in-1’s are an attractive option for the on-the-go workforce. Combining the best of both worlds, these light-as-a-feather solutions are ideal for the end-user who wants to be productive - without the back strain of carrying a bulky laptop. With several big computer names releasing their own idea of the 2-in-1, including HP's new Elite x2, we wanted to provide a complete spec comparison of the industry's most popular 2-in1s. So where do we begin?

First up to bat, we have HP and their latest enterprise 2-in-1 solution: the Elite x2 1012. Unlike the competition, this product is fully repairable and can be taken apart to replace the battery, LCD/touch module, storage, system board, and WLAN and WWAN modules.  Also in their corner? The Elite x2 includes a built-in adjustable kickstand, active stylus, and travel keyboard.

What does the rest of the competition look like? See how they stack up below:

The 2-in-1 play-by-play

 HP Elite x2 1012Microsoft Surface Pro 4Microsoft Surface BookDell XPS 12 9250Lenovo Ideapad Miix 700Apple iPad Pro
Price & Models Starting at $899
Core m5/4GB/128/GB/Win 10 Pro
Starting at $899
Core i5/4GB/128GB/Win 10 Pro
Starting at $1,499
Core i5/8GB/128GB/Win 10 Pro
Starting at $999.99
Core m5/FHD/8GB/128GB/Win 10 Pro
Starting at $749.99
Core m5/4GB/128GB/Win 10 Pro
Starting at $799
A9X/128GB/iOS 9
Screen dimensions 12" 1920x1280 Gorilla Glass 12.3" 2736x1824, Gorilla Glass 13.5" 3000x2000, Gorilla Glass 12.5" FHD 1920x1080 or UHD 3840x2169 Gorilla Glass 12" FHD+ 1260x1440 12.9" 2732x2048
Processor info 6th Gen Intel Core m3, m5, m7, opt vPro 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 Core i7 with iris Graphics 6th Gen Intel Core i5 or i7 Opt. 1GB NVIDIA Ge Force Graphics 6th Gen Inel Core m5 vPro TBD 6th Gen Intel Core m3, m5, m7 64-bit A9X chip, M9 co-processor
Battery Life Up to 10hrs 15min MM14 Long life battery (Opt NVMe PCIe) Up to 9hrs (video playback)  Up to 12 hrs (tablet + keyboard) (video playback) 8hrs  9hrs (video playback) Up to 10hrs
RAM/SSD  Up to 8GB RAM/512 GB ssd w/ SED (opt. NVMe/NVM3 PCIe) Up to 16 GB RAM/1TB SSD (Opt. NVMe PCIe) Up to 16 GB RAM/1TB SSD (Opt. NVMe PCIe) 8GB RAM/up to 256GB SSD  8GB RAM/up to 256GB SSD 4GB RAM/up to 128 GB SSD

Tablet dimensions & weight




0.77kg/1.69lbs (m3 only)









Tablet with keyboard dimensions & weight














1 x USB-C Thunderbolt, 1 x USB 3.1

1 x USB 3.0 mDP

2 x USB 3.0 mDP

2x USB-C Thunderbolt

1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Micro HDMI  Smart Connector


5MP RF/2MP FF camera

8MP RF/5MP FF camera + Windows Hello enabled front camera

8 MP RF/5MP FF camera

5MP RF/5MP FF camera; Opt. Real Sense RF 8MP iSight RF/1.2MP FF camera


Dual mic w/noise reduction SW, Bang & Olufsen audio, Dual stereo speakers

Dual mics, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium

Dual mics, Waves MaxxAudio pro

Dual Mics, Single Stereo speakers Dual mics, Quad stereo speakers


TPM, Opt. FPR, SCR (via KB), Client Security, SureStart, Drivelock, BIOS Protection, SpareKey, MBR Security, Power On Authentication Pre-Boot Security, Secure erase, Absolute Persistence Module

TPM, FPR (via KB), Facial Authentication

TPM 2.0, Facial Authentication

Dell Data Protection | Encryption | Protected Workspace, Dell Command Suite, KACE, Manageability

TPM 2.0 Touch ID (FPR), Password encryption


Why HP's Elite x2 1012 wins

HP's field serviceable product is specifically built for enterprise-class durability and security. The ability to replace nearly every part of the device without the use of a heat gun is quick, simple, and quite frankly - it's smart. In addition to the 10+hrs of battery life, HP has also added 115,000 hrs of drop testing to their resume - a feature that top contenders, Surface/iPad do not have. Another top-priority for the enterprise class? Security. HP offers a slew of security features, including one not featured above, a slot for a security lock. Want to learn more? Check out HP's video below: 


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