HP Discover 2014 | HP Pavilion X2 convertible hands-on
The HP Pavilion X2 is a classic convertible with detachable tablet. The keyboard dock provides most of the interfaces (HDMI, USB) and optionally a supplement battery. With the latter, the battery life can be increased from 6.5 hours (30 Wh battery integrated in the tablet) to 10 hours (+ 21 Wh in the base) according to HP with the Mobile Mark 2012 benchmark. The aluminum base unit appeared stable and high-end and weighs 1.94 pounds (0.9 kg). The keyboard has a short key travel and lacks a backlight. Similar to current MacBooks, the relatively big clickpad is fixed on its top side. As a result, it can only be clicked well in the lower two-thirds. Nevertheless, both input devices left a good impression in our brief hands on test.
The Pavilion x2 will ship with a 1366x768 HD or 1920x1080 FHD touchscreen display depending on the configuration. Thanks to the IPS technology, viewing angles are very good (the exhibition model was equipped with the HD display). Inside the tablet, you'll find Intel Core i3 or i5 processors from the Haswell Y series. The demo model featured a Core i5-4202Y. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 4200 runs at a core clock of 200 - 850 MHz in the Core i7 model. Apparently, the tablet is fanless, but relatively heavy at 2.45 pounds (1.1 kg). It only provides the following interfaces: microSD, headset, and a separate power-in (in addition to the one on the base unit). Because of its built-in 500 GB hybrid HDD, the tablet is relatively thick. In the predecessor, the HDD was in the base unit. According to HP, this was changed based on customers' requests. The introduction of Beasts Audio is new to the Pavilion x2 series.
The tablet is said to be available in 3 colors. Prices will start at $579 USD and will be made available during the "back to school" season.
More information is available in the video below from the HP Discover 2014 event.
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