HP's Powerful ZBook x2 Detachable Workstation Flaunts 8th Gen Intel Core And NVIDIA Quadro Graphics

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Microsoft may have dazzled the masses yesterday with the announcement of the Surface Book 2 family (which is available in two screen sizes the time around), but Hewlett-Packard is aiming squarely at creative professionals with its new ZBook x2. HP bills the device as the "world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation".

If you look at the ZBook x2's specs, you can see why HP has come to this conclusion. At its heart, the ZBook x2 has a 14-inch 4K display, with optional 10-bit HP DreamColor support reaching 100 percent of the Adobe RGB color gamut. The tablet comes with a full-size aluminum LED backlit keyboard that turns it into a fully-fledged laptop. When disconnected from the tablet, you can still use the keyboard wirelessly via Bluetooth.

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The ZBook x2 is available with 7th generation Intel Core (Kaby Lake) or 8th generation Core (Kaby Lake Refresh) processors; the latter of which will provide plenty of processing power for multitasking operations. Processor options range from the Core i7-7500U up to the potent i7-8650U (base clock 1.9GHz, boost clock 4.2GHz, 4 cores, 8 threads). Up to 32GB of DDR4-2133 memory can be configured across two SODIMM slots.

For those that don't need a lot of graphics power, there are integrated Intel HD 620 or UHD 620 GPUs available. However, for content creators, HP offers the NVIDIA Quadro M620 with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.

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On the storage front, you can choose from a skimpy 128GB SATA SSD or splurge on up to a 2TB PCIe NVMe SSD. HP also has all of your connectivity needs covered with a USB 3.0 port, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and a full-size HDMI 2.0 connector. On the wireless front, there's 802.11ac Wi-Fi (2x2), Bluetooth 4.2, and mobile broadband connectivity. The ZBook x2 weighs in at a hefty 3.64 pounds in tablet mode, which balls to 4.78 pounds with the keyboard attached. HP also says that the system can operate up to 10 hours per charge with its integrated 70 WHr lithium-polymer battery.

"As the world's most powerful and first detachable PC workstation, there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality," said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. "With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the perfect tool to accelerate the creative process - with unprecedented power, performance and natural ease-of-use. This device will make it easier than ever for creators to do what they do best - bring inspiring new ideas to life and enrich the world around us."

The HP ZBook x2 will be available in December with a starting price of $1,749.