In preparation for this week's Mobile World Congress, HP announced a new consumer-oriented convertible laptop/tablet, the HP Pavilion x360.
The Pavilion x360 is a clamshell laptop with a screen that flips all the way around to convert the system into a PC that acts like a slate tablet. This is the same sort of concept as the Lenovo Yoga and Dell XPS 11 convertibles.
The Pavilion x360 is an affordable convertible PC, coming in at a price of $399.99 (around £240) for the base configuration. The Pavilion x360 is a full Windows 8.1 PC, based on a Bay Trail Intel Pentium N3520 processor with 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. Since it's Windows 8.1 with touch, you'll be able to use all the programs you've become accustomed to, including x86 based browsers, programs, and plug-ins. The Pavilion x360 is 0.86in thick and weighs in just at three pounds, making it potentially a daily companion.
The 11.6in screen on the Pavilion x360 pivots 360 degrees around, so you can avail of four modes: Laptop, Stand, Tent, and Tablet modes, similar to the Lenovo Yoga and Dell XPS 11. This gives the user a plethora of angles and ways to interact with the touch screen and built-in keyboard. Soft touch surfaces, a bright red finish, black and sliver interior, and features like Beats Audio and 4G WWAN options will make the Pavilion x360 attractive to end users.
The Pavilion x360 will be available in the next few weeks., with 4G-capable models later this summer. Look for a review of the Pavilion x360 and further coverage of Mobile World Congress on ITProPortal.com.