AFTER A CHEEKY FLASH from Microsoft at Computex earlier this month, HP has officially announced details regarding its latest hybrid device, the Pavilion x2.
Making use of a latchless magnetic hinge to easily transition from notebook to ‘tent mode' for watching films and to ‘stand mode' for playing games, the detachable PC is "designed for productivity and optimised for entertainment", HP said.
However, the most interesting feature in the Pavilion x2 is the addition of a USB Type-C connector, the reversible USB plug standard that will eventually replace all its predecessors and carries enough power to be the single cable for devices and 4K video for external displays.
Unlike most tablet-sized devices out there at the moment, the Pavilion x2 also has a full-size USB 2.0 port to attach external devices without a dongle, as well as a micro HDMI to connect to an external display or TV.
Weighing just 0.59kg and measuring 9.65mm thick without the keyboard, and 1.12kg and 16.75mm with it, the Pavilion x2 has a 10in HD display with IPS technology with 135-degree viewing angles.
It is also touted as having 10.75 hours of battery life, Windows 10 and a quad-core Intel Atom processor with up to 64GB of storage and a micro SD card reader for extra expansion.
The HP Pavilion x2 is expected on the UK high street on 29 July at a starting price of £249.99.
HP also unveiled its first Windows 10 commercial tablet, the Pro Tablet 608, an 8in device aimed at small to medium businesses in the retail industry.
The tablet has purpose-built business mobility features, and provides audio support for Cortana and videoconferencing. It comes with advanced security features that build on the new OS, making it a "good productivity companion for busy travellers and executives", according to HP.
Measuring 8.35mm thick and weighing just 450g, the Pro Tablet 608 features double the resolution of a full HD display with a 2048x1536 resolution Gorilla Glass 4 screen that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.
HP said that it also has a 4:3 aspect ratio making it better for working with business productivity apps, providing 35 percent more viewing area than a 16:9 display for more natural reading of full-page content.
Running Windows 10 Professional, the business tablet is said to offer up to eight hours of battery life.
HP's new business tablet is powered by the latest generation Intel Core Atom Quad Core Z8500 processor with up to 4GB of memory and 128GB eMMc storage. The Pro Tablet 608 also includes built-in IT tools such as HP Client Security, firmware 2.0 and certified hardware like TPM and NFC.
As with the Pavilion x2, it also features one of the new USB Type-C ports for faster and more convenient charging and data transfer.
Optional accessories include a stylus, rugged case, travel keyboard and a portable dock.
The Pro Tablet 608 is expected to ship in the UK pre-installed with Windows 10 starting at about £470 from 29 July. µ
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