Hewlett-Packard has announced the Pavilion X360 convertible touchsceen mini-laptop with an 11.6-inch display and Windows 8.1 operating system. Just like the Lenovo Yoga, the HP X360 has a 360-degree hinge, allowing operation of the device in four modes: strandard laptop, standard tablet, “tent”, and “stand”. Except in the laptop mode, the keyboard keys get disabled to prevent accidental presses.
As same as other Pavilion laptops and tablets, the X360 is primarily aimed at consumers. This model will start at $400. It’s a lower-end and budget-friendly one, since it’s based on the basic Intel Celeron and Pentium processors from the “Bay Trail” low-power and power-efficient chip family. There are also up to 8GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive built-in. The display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels, but unfortunately IPS technology for wide viewing angles isn’t present. This computer has a much wider selection of ports and slots than on the keyboard-less Windows tablets. The X360 has Wi-Fi, optionally mobile broadband connection, Bluetooth, three USBs, HDMI output, RJ-45 Ethernet LAN port, and an SD card slot. With these specs, the X360 can’t compete against higher-end Yoga models with the Intel Core i-series processors and high-resolution displays. It’ll rather compete on the market against the recently announced lower-end Yoga 2 11 with the same screen size, resolution and Bay Trail-based CPUs. As a big advantage, Yoga has IPS screen tech, but is on the other hand pricier, starting at about $500.
The device weighs 3.1 pounds and is 0.86″ thick. It will hit the market by the end of February and will ship with red or gray lid.
Update: The laptop is available now.
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