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Tired of waiting for a new Surface Pro? Check out HP’s tough new 2-in-1

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Professionals looking for a secure, mobile solution may benefit from the many features of HP's new 2-in-1 device and associated docks.

During the Mobile World Congress 2017 show in Barcelona, HP showcased a new 2-in-1 device and a family of new accessories. Called the HP Pro x2 612 G2, the new mobile gadget targets professionals wanting a secure, enterprise-class solution that can be used in the office or on the road. It arrives with an optional detachable “collaboration” keyboard and HP’s Active Wacom Pen for taking notes directly on the screen.

For starters, here are the hardware components that will be used across various pre-built configurations:

Operating system (64-bit): Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home Single Language
Screen size: 12 inches with Touch
Screen resolution: 1,920 x 1,280
Processor: Intel Core i7-7Y75
Intel Core i5-7Y54
Intel Core i5-7Y57
Intel Core m3-7Y30
Intel Pentium 4410Y
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615 (integrated)
System memory: 8GB LPDDR3 @ 1,866MHz (fixed)
Storage: 128GB M.2 SATA SSD
256GB to 512GB M.2 PCIe NvMe SED SSD
256GB to 512GB M.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD
256GB M.2 SATA FIPS 140-2 SSD
512 GB M.2 SATA FIPS 140-2 SSD
Connectivity: Wireless AC (2×2)
Bluetooth 4.2
Cameras: 5MP 1080p (front)
8MP 1080p (back)
Ports: 1x Micro SD card reader
1x Smart Card reader
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x USB 3.0
1x SIM card slot
1x Microphone/headphone combo
Sensors: Accelerometer
Ambient light
Battery: 41 Watt hour
Keyboard: Backlighting is optionaL
Size: 11.81 x 8.42 x 0.36 inches (tablet only)
11.81 x 8.65 x 0.57 inches (with keyboard)
Weight: 1.87 pounds (tablet only)
2.65 pounds (with keyboard)
Availability: Now
Starting price: $979

For added protection, HP’s new 2-in-1 includes HP Sure Start Gen3 protecting the smart card reader and the system BIOS. It’s also designed to pass MIL-STD 810G tests, meaning it’s highly durable and can take a beating when out on the road. Naturally HP suggests Windows 10 Pro for the Pro x2 612 G2 given the platform’s focus on security and corporate-facing features.

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“Explore your creative potential with the extended 165-degree kickstand opening and the optional HP Active Pen with App Launch for a natural inking experience,” the company states. “Share your creations with the touch of a button using the optional HP Pro x2 Collaboration Keyboard.”

HP Pro x2 612 G2 Collaboration Keyboard

According to the company, its new HP Pro x2 612 G2 Collaboration Keyboard is a full-sized, aluminum-accented peripheral sporting backlit keys and a touchpad. It includes dedicated keys for handling video and audio calling functions including volume control, hanging up, placing a call, and more. The keys feature a special coating so that the peripheral can serve as a cover when the HP Pro x2 612 G2 is “closed.”

Here are the specs:

Model number: 1FV38AA
Dimensions: 11.83 x 9.05 x 0.20 inches
Weight: 0.78 pounds
Operating humidity: 10 percent to 90 percent
Operating temperature: -15 degrees to 55 degrees Celsius
Outer material: Black PU
Inner material: Black PU and Plastic
Option kit contents: Keyboard
Compatibility: HP Pro x2 612 G2
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