2-in-1 laptops to look forward to in 2018
We’re only halfway through the first month of January, yet we have already seen tons of new devices that we can look forward to in 2018. Some of these devices are 2-in-1 laptops that were unveiled during CES. So if you’re planning to make an upgrade this year, then take a look at our list below.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Dell unveiled an update to their XPS 15 2-in-1 laptop, this time packing an 8th-gen Kaby Lake-G processor and Radeon RX Vega M graphics. In addition, it has a 15.6-inch Ultrasharp 4K UHD InfinityEdge Touch Display, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD, maglev keyboard, and Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C 3.1 ports. All of that in a body that converts into a tablet with a help of a special hinge. Price starts at $1,299.99.
HP Spectre x360 15
Next on the list is the Spectre x360 15 which HP claims as the world’s most powerful convertible PC. It sports an 8th-gen Intel Core processor with a choice of either a Radeon Vega M or NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics, 15.6-inch 4K UHD touch display with Gorilla Glass 4, optional HP Tilt Pen, IR camera for Windows Hello, and an aluminum CNC machined chassis in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents.
If you’re looking for something that is close to a Microsoft Surface, the HP Envy x2 is a good option. It sports a 12.3-inch WUXGA+ touch display with Gorilla Glass 4, 7th-gen Intel Core Y-Series processors, up to 8GB LPDDR3 memory, up to 256GB PCIe SSD, LTE-A support, Windows Ink Pen, a 17-hour battery life, a leather-like textured case in Oxford Blue with built it backlit keyboard and a fanless CNC Machined Aluminum body that is 7.9 mm thin.
The Lenovo Miix 630 is a different beast as it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, the same chipset that is powering some of last year’s flagship smartphones. It sports a 12.3-inch WUXGA+ touchscreen display and comes with a Lenovo digital pen with 1,024 levels of sensitivity. Other features include an infrared camera with Windows Hello for biometric facial recognition, 4GB RAM, 128GB of storage, 4G LTE, and Windows 10 S with Cortana. The Miix 630 (keyboard and Lenovo digital pen included) starts at $799.99
Samsung’s convertible entry for 2018 is the Notebook 9 Pen. It sports a full metal chassis with magnesium aluminum alloy called Metal12, which is lighter than aluminum, and a 360-degree hinge so it can convert from laptop to a tablet by rotating the keyboard behind the screen. It packs a 13.3-inch Full HD Samsung RealViewTouch display, 8th-Gen Intel Core processor, up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD, backlit keyboard, fingerprint sensor, IR camera, and a battery-free S Pen.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet gets a redesign, with the new 3rd generation ThinkPad X1 Tablet. It features a new detachable form factor, a 13-inch 3K touch display that is compatible with HDR, full-function ThinkPad Keyboard, optional global LTE-A connectivity, new pen, IR camera for Windows Hello, 8th-gen Intel Core processors, and Windows 10. ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen will be available from March 2018, starting at $1,599.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is also in its 3rd generation and, as the name suggests, can convert into a tablet with the help of a special 360-degree hinge. It boasts an all-new Dolby Vision capable display, RapidCharge technology, 360-degree Far-Field Communication microphones with support for Cortana Wake, Global LTE-A connectivity, and 8th-gen Intel Core processors. ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen will be available from January 2018, starting at $1,889.
Acer unveiled new laptops at CES 2018 and one of them is the refreshed Spin 3 2-in-1 laptop. It sports a 360-degree dual-torque hinge, Full HD IPS touch display, 8th-gen Intel Core processor, two front-facing speakers with Acer TrueHarmony technology, and a 12-hour battery life.
And that sums our list. Take note that these are devices that were only unveiled at CES 2018 so expect more notebooks to be unveiled as months go by.