HP Pavilion and Pavilion x360 notebooks get the thin bezel treatment
HP has announced a number of refreshes this Spring and the latest to join the fray are the Pavilion and Pavilion x360 notebooks. These notebooks come in both 14 and 15-inch variants and feature modern designs in line with the thin bezel trend. Both the Pavilion series borrow a lot of cues from the much more premium Envy lineup and come in various color options.
HP Pavilion: Design
The new HP Pavilion 14 and 15 will greet buyers in an assortment of new colors including Mineral Silver, Panel Gold, Sapphire Blue, Velvet Burgundy, Tranquil Pink, and Ceramic White. While last year's Pavilion 15 had an all-plastic body, this year's model has a metal keyboard deck and cover, a diamond cut trim near the touchpad area, and a patterned speaker grill reminiscent of the Envy lineup. Similar to the Envy, the Pavilion notebooks feature a lift hinge at the base of the lid that apparently allows for improved airflow and comfort. The new Pavilions are 10% thinner than the previous generation and feature narrow bezel displays. The lid is given an Advanced Electro Deposition (AED) finishing touch (on the Ceramic White model) that gives a matte look and feel along with enhanced strength and durability.
HP Pavilion: Specs
The HP Pavilion notebooks offer a range of configuration options. They come with options of either an Intel 8th generation Core CPU or an AMD Ryzen Mobile CPU with onboard Vega graphics coupled to 8 GB RAM. SSD options are available up to 512 GB while HDD capacities can be configured up to 2 TB on the Pavilion 15-inch. Dual storage options and Intel Optane are also optionally available. HP does not explicitly mention what GPU choices will be available but given the target price points, it could very well be the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 or the AMD Radeon 530.
HP Pavilion x360: Design
Next up, we have the HP Pavilion x360. Similar to the Pavilion notebook, the x360 takes inspiration from the Envy x360 lineup and features an improved design and thinner bezels (up to 49% thinner than the 2017 version). The Pavilion x360 comes in Natural Silver, Pale Gold, and Sapphire Blue color options and features a patterned speaker grill. HP says select models are given an anodized aluminum treatment. True to its convertible nature, the Pavilion x360 can be used in four modes depending on the work done. Select models also come with an optional 'World Facing Camera' that has a 120° wide angle lens for augmented reality overlays. The Pavilion x360 also has an optional Windows Hello-compliant fingerprint reader on the side power button.
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HP Pavilion x360: Specs
Unlike the Pavilion notebook, the Pavilion x360 comes with only Intel as the processor of choice with options ranging from the 8th generation Core i5 to the Core i7 SKU. Some of the 14-inch variants come with the NVIDIA GeForce MX130 GPU while the select 15-inch variants feature the AMD Radeon 530. Being a convertible, the Pavilion x360 is touch and pen enabled for compatibility with Windows Ink.
The 14-inch Pavilion notebook starts from US$369 and will be available via retailers from June 3, 2018 while the 15-inch Pavilion notebook starts from US$629 and will be available from HP and other retailers from May 30, 2018. The HP Pavilion x360 14-inch will be available for a starting price of US$499 and will be available for purchase via HP from May 9, 2018 and via BestBuy from June 10, 2018. The 15-inch Pavilion x360 starts from US$579 and will be available via HP and other retailers from May 9, 2018.