Sunday, February 23rd 2014

HP Unveils 360-Degree Convertible PC

HP today announced the HP Pavilion x360, an affordable touch convertible PC that transforms the computing experience with a 360-degree hinge that adapts to the way the next generation lives. To help on-the-go customers connect to the internet without the need for Wi-Fi, HP also announced the expansion of its free HP DataPass broadband service to 12 additional countries, including the United States.

"Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions Group, HP. "The HP Pavilion x360 is perfect for today's busy lifestyles. Its 360-degree hinge allows multitaskers to easily transition from laptop to tent to tablet. It's the laptop that doesn't make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn't make you miss your laptop -- all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook."

Work and play from the couch to the classroom
Whether doing work at the desk, relaxing on the couch, or taking notes and sharing presentations in the classroom, the HP Pavilion x360 easily converts from notebook mode to stand or tent mode, or to tablet mode.
  • Notebook mode allows users easily answer email, take notes or write a paper.
  • Customers can relax on the couch and use the HP Pavilion x360 to watch movies or video chat in stand mode without having the keyboard get in the way.
  • In tent mode, customers can play games, browse photos and share their screen with friends in a more collaborative way.
  • By transitioning the device's 360-degree hinge all the way into tablet mode, customers can browse social networks or read books on the go.
The HP Pavilion x360 is available in two stylish colors that reflect customers' personal style -- Brilliant Red and Smoke Silver. The convertible offers a soft touch finish that resists fingerprints and features brushed aluminum on the keyboard deck.

Music lovers will enjoy the HP Pavilion x360's powerful entertainment performance powered by built-in Beats Audio, dual speakers designed for great sound in any position and an optimized touch screen. Users also can access their music, stream songs on-demand and create playlists with HP Connected Music.

For young professionals on the go, or busy students, the HP Pavilion x360 is the ideal portable companion, with a weight of just 3.08 pounds. It is equipped with an 11.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) SVA display with 10-point capacitive multitouch, Intel Pentium processor, and an HP TrueVision HD webcam.

Beyond the bounds of Wi-Fi
HP DataPass simplifies how customers connect to the internet when Wi-Fi is not available by including two years of free mobile broadband service within select PCs and tablets.

Ready out of the box, HP DataPass allows customers to simply turn on, register and immediately connect to the internet with two years of free 3G+ or 4G mobile broadband service powered by Fogg Mobile.

Customers receive up to 250 MB per month at no cost and can purchase additional monthly data packages at low rates and without a contract.

Pricing and availability
The HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in the Brilliant Red color in the United States on Feb. 26 for a starting price of $399.99.

HP DataPass is currently available on select notebooks, Chromebooks and tablets in the UK, Sweden and Denmark; availability will expand to 12 additional countries, including the United States, this summer. HP DataPass is expected to be available on the HP Pavilion x360 in select regions starting this summer.
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13 Comments on HP Unveils 360-Degree Convertible PC

#3
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: mikeangs2004
Any info on GPU specs?
If not an Atom then expect an i3 of some sort. 4GB DDR3, 32-64GB M-sata SSD or 250GB Sata SSD. OS is most likely Windows 8/8.1

What i see here is HP are trying to steal competition from Microsoft with their SurfaceRT and Dell who already have a '360' style laptop albeit designed a litle differently. I dont think you can compare Asus's Transformer tabs to this as those are running Android
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Patriot
by: FreedomEclipse
If not an Atom then expect an i3 of some sort. 4GB DDR3, 32-64GB M-sata SSD or 250GB Sata SSD. OS is most likely Windows 8/8.1

What i see here is HP are trying to steal competition from Microsoft with their SurfaceRT and Dell who already have a '360' style laptop albeit designed a litle differently. I dont think you can compare Asus's Transformer tabs to this as those are running Android
HP has had various portable tablet PCs dating back to the XP realm ...
Don't assume it was HP who stole the idea...
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FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: Patriot
HP has had various portable tablet PCs dating back to the XP realm ...
Don't assume it was HP who stole the idea...
I dont think the debate was about stealing ideas....
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#6
Jorge
There is no point. HP once again listened to some clueless folks and now they lose more money.
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#7
Patriot
Personally I like the Current Enterprise version better, the Revolve 810 G2... though the elitebook 2760p can be found for a rather reasonable price used.
Stealing customers would be generating competition, to steal competition ... would to be less competitive...

Everyone already has reversible laptops... they are just getting popular again and so HP is making more of them.
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#8
Marty 1480
Shame that there are no specifications whatsoever. Nothing on RAM options, CPU or storage. Not to mention the price. Not a very creative press release.
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Patriot
by: Marty 1480
Shame that there are no specifications whatsoever. Nothing on RAM options, CPU or storage. Not to mention the price. Not a very creative press release.
http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/23/hp-pavilion-x360/
^Bay trail Pentium (so atom) and 500GB HDD

http://www.slashgear.com/hp-pavilion-x360-hands-on-beats-audio-gets-flippable-23317922/
^Not IPS but SVA...

http://liliputing.com/2014/02/hp-launches-pavilion-x360-convertible-notebook-for-400-and-up.html
^HDD has SSD cache, up to 8GB ram, no note on base.
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#10
Blue-Knight
by: arterius2
what's the point?
+1 to you. -1 to HP.

They are owing me points already...
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#13
lZKoce
by: anonymous6366
its like an ugly yoga XD
My first thought- Lenovo Yoga style :)
I have been following HP as part of my studies. Their ex-innovation chief expert- Phil McKinney has podcast series about Innovation. I got hooked up and decided to buy his book to see what he has to say about Innovation. And may be learn something extra. What happened is I didn't go past the 1st chapter of the book. The exact moment I quit on the book was when he gave an example how they came up with a new product for the Indian market and the people who were illiterate. The whole process from the meetings to the actual product release sounded so exciting. So exciting I decided to google what happened to this product. The moment I saw the actual performance of the whole operation and the machine itself I was so demotivated to read the rest of the book. I just can't be inspired by a company that "can't walk the talk". And this was their Chief Innovation Expert for 15-20 years. I can't image what it is to be working there. I still don't understand how only this year Lenovo surpassed them as the largest PC and consumables supplier in the world. How they even got there? I have to give them credit that, they are in the list with certified environmental recycling PC companies and I know people buying their stuff out of conviction that are helping the nature, but other than that. I played a bit with their Spectre-series laptops- and they are really nice, but so are other laptops at the same price-point.
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