HP Spectre X2 deachable. Core M, good keyboard, stylish. Need more?

Updated on 07 October 2015 by

Among a long list of announcements from HP today was the HP Spectre 12 X2 detachable which spins a now-familiar design into ‘an irreplaceable companion’. HP’s take on the Surface Pro design includes the Core M processor, 12-inch Full HD screen, two USB-C ports and of course a keyboard and pen. It looks good and it’s well-priced but it will go right up against the Lenovo Miix 700. It has other competition too.

Hp Spectre X2 2015 with Core m CPU.

Hp Spectre X2 2015 with Core m CPU.

At an entry-level price of $800 (November 2015, USA) the HP Spectre X2 with Intel Core m3 is going to have to compete with the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, the latter of which starts at $899 and includes a Core m3 CPU although HP are throwing in the keyboard which might be more attractive than the advantage of the bundled pen with the Surface Pro 4.

The HP Spectre X2 looks good in the press images and those that got had hands-on at the launch event seem impressed. Our friends at Notebookcheck think the HP Spectre X2 “is looking to be one of the best detachables in the market based on our short time with the device.”


There are two models being offered today. The Entry-level HP Spectre 12-a001dx x2 detachable comes with a Core m3 6Y30 and 128 GB SSD with 4 GB RAM. The HP Spectre 12-a002dx x2 comes with  Core m7-6Y75, 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM.

Feature Specifications

  • Backlit keyboard with 1.5 mm travel
  • 5 MP Webcam (front-facing)
  • 8 MP HP (rear-facing)
  • Intel® RealSense™ 3D Camera
  • Integrated dual array digital microphones
  • 2×2 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth
  • HP lt4114 LTE 4G Module for use on the Verizon LTE network
  • Bang & Olufsen with quad speakers
  • Micro SD card slot
  • 2 USB type C connectors with SuperSpeed USB 3.0, all supporting sleep and charge
  • Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack
  • Weight: 1.84 lb (tablet) 2.68 lb (tablet and base)
  • Size: 11.81 x 8.23 x 0.31 in (tablet) • 11.81 x 8.23 x 0.52 in (tablet and base)
  • USB-C to USB-A Dongle included
  • Battery: 3-cell 42Whr
  • Active pen uses Wacom technology.

No video-out is mentioned so it leaves a question. Are  the USB-C ports are truly 3.0 or are they are USB 3.1 supporting DisplayPort over USB? DisplayLink adapters would work if there’s no other option. There doesn’t seem to be Windows Hello support either.

Opinion: Overall the HP Spectre X2 does indeed look like a nice option in the 12-inch detachable market but i’d like to confirm a few details before I get too excited. SATA SSD? Video-out? Fan?

Specifications and images via HP.

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Hunffi says:

    No wireless Docking like the HP Elite x2 Core-M (Haswell) based 11″ Tablet, no Thunderbolt3, no USB 3.1, no Kensington lock, no (W)QHD options, no fullsize Ultrabook-like dock with additional battery.

    Compared with the new convertible Acer R13-372 (Skylake Core i5/i7, Active N-Trig Pen, FDH+WQHD, 2x SSD m.2 with RAID mode, TB3) or Dell XPS 12 (Skylake, TB3), it’s too expensive and tastes like the good one from yesterday.

    Same problem with the renewed x360: they replaced Haswell with Skylake, but slowly DDR3 remains and nothing else changed.

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