HP's Elite x2 G2 could be the right Surface clone at the right time. On Monday, Microsoft's Panos Panay crushed our dreams (and those of many others, no doubt) when he said there'd be no Surface Pro 5 in the near future to replace the rapidly aging Surface Pro 4. C'mon, Microsoft, it's been 18 months – only Apple can string its users along for years!

Enter HP's Elite x2 1012 G2. Just announced,  it'll ship in July with a starting price of US$1,099 (around £850 – though UK pricing has yet to be confirmed). Read on to see how it offers all the updated parts we'd love to have in the Surface Pro 4, let alone the mythical Surface Pro 5.

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