The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is indeed an impressive piece of technology. However, because the 2-in-1 tablet is almost two years old by now, there are a number of new devices that can rival its performance. Still sporting a Skylake chip, it can easily be taken to the court by a tablet that has the newest Kaby Lake processor. This is the case for the new HP Elite x2; a contender for the niche that the Surface Pro 4 currently owns.
Skylake vs Kaby Lake
Perhaps the biggest flaw of the Surface Pro 4 right now is the fact that it still uses the previous generation Intel processor. It has been almost three months since Intel released the Kaby Lake chips for tablets and hybrid devices. However, Microsoft is still taking its sweet time and delaying the release of the Surface Pro 5.
On the other hand, for those who cannot wait for Microsoft any longer, the HP Elite x2 sports the latest generation of Intel processors available in the market; the Kaby Lake. This means, performance wise, the HP Elite x2 can outstrip the Surface Pro 4 with a considerable margin between them.
Major specs upgrade
Just like the Surface Pro 4, users can also choose between an i5 or i7 processor on the HP Elite x2. Furthermore, the HP Elite x2 supports a maximum memory of 16GB and 1TB of flash storage, similar to the Surface Pro 4. However, what the Surface Pro 4 does not have is the Intel HD Graphics 620 support. This part of the Kaby Lake is responsible for much of the native 4K video processing that the chip boasts.
While the Microsoft’s tablet boasts a magnesium alloy chassis, the HP version is housed in a sturdy aluminum chassis. On the flip side, the Elite x2 is a tad thinner than the Surface Pro 4 at 0.36 inches thick.
The HP Elite x2’s display was also upgraded from the 11.6-inch panel of the previous model to a 12.3-inch LCD display. It has the same resolution of 2,736×1,824 pixels as with the Surface Pro 4. Unfortunately, it is not made from the same PixelSense display as the Microsoft tablet.
More juice and extra ports to boot
Because the HP hybrid sports an Intel Kaby Lake chip, it means that power efficiency is considerably better than the previous iteration. In fact, HP boasts a 10-hour mixed use battery life on the hybrid tablet. Users get an extra hour when compared with the Surface Pro 4.
Apart from the impressive battery life, the Elite x2 also comes with a bevy of connectivity standards.
To start with, the hybrid tablet has a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3.0 port; something the Pro 4 users have been asking from Microsoft for a long time. In addition to this, it also has a full-sized USB 3.0 port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, microSD slot, and a SIM card slot. It is quite nice to know that the HP Elite x2, unlike the Surface Pro 4, has an extra connectivity feature apart from the usual Wi-Fi.
Finally, the last piece of the puzzle is the Collaboration Keyboard and the Active Pen. The detachable keyboard functions the same way as the Type Keyboard for the Pro 4; the backlit keys have a 1.5mm travel for that solid and comfortable typing feel.
Extra features and performance means extra pricey
Unfortunately, the HP Elite x2 is a bit pricier than its counterpart. The Pro 4 starts at $899 while the Elite x2 begins at $1,099. However, the one important thing that need to be considered is the fact that the HP Elite x2 will go on sale sometime around July this year. The same cannot be said for the Surface Pro 4.
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