HP 12.5" Elitebook x360 1020 G2 (review)
4.4Overall Score

Price (RRP): $from 2,150 to $3,616
Manufacturer: HP

The HP 12.5″ Elitebook x360 1020 G2 is the smaller sibling the HP 13.3” Elitebook x360 1030 G2. Both are amazing – I bought the 1030!

What is an Elitebook x360?

Elitebook x360 1020 G2 is a premium, enterprise quality, MIL-SPEC-810G, x360 hinge, 12.5” laptop that has consumer design queues and enterprise strengths.

In comparison to the previous G1 model, it uses the more powerful 7th generation Intel i5 or i7 ‘U’ series processors. The review model has a SureView (Privacy) super bright, 700 nits, LED backlit screen.

The HP website lists nine current Elitebook x360 models from $2,150 to $3,616.

Who is the Elitebook x360 for?

For the road warrior who needs portability, durability, privacy and likes a prestige product. Otherwise, buy an HP x360 Spectre – as good without MIL-SPEC.

Having used this for a week, I must ask if it is indeed the right screen size. Let’s face it the difference between 12.5” (29 x 20.38 x 1.39 cm x 1.13kg) and the 13.3” (31.69 x 21.85 x 1.49 cm x 1.28kg) is negligible.

I wondered if HP should not have tried to make a sub-1kg x360 with a 12” screen, but I guess that is where the 12.5” Elitebook x2 1012 detachable (Surface-like) tablet comes in.

Other products in the Elite range

You won’t find the Elite range at major retailers. They are sold via HP business dealers or online at HP. What you will find at retailers is HP’s consumer range including the Pavilion, Envy, and the upmarket Spectre range – great but not Mil-SPEC.

The Elitebook x360 1020 range uses the 7th generation Intel Core CPUs including

  • i5-7200U/HD Graphics 620
  • i5-7300U/HD Graphics 620
  • i7-7500U/HD Graphics 620
  • i7-7600U/HD Graphics 630 (for 4K screen)

Three 12.5” screens include

  • 1920 x 1080, SureView privacy, LED-backlit touchscreen, 700 nits, 100% sRGB
  • 1920 x 1080, 400 nits, 100% sRGB
  • 3840 x 2160 (4K), 400 nits, 134% sRGB

Drives are PCI NVMe, Gen 3×4, SATA 3, M2.2280, TLC NAND from 128GB to 1TB.

Memory is 8 or 16MB soldered to the motherboard.

GadgetGuy has the 13.3″Spectre x360 2018 review here.

The review on the 13.3″ Elitebook x360 1030 G2 is here.