HP refreshes Pavilion and Pavilion x360 series for 2017
The HP Spectre lineup may be the manufacturer's premier consumer series, but the Pavilion family is still going strong as the more affordable solution for most users. HP will be refreshing the 14-inch Pavilion 14, 15.6-inch Pavilion 15, 17.3-inch Pavilion 17, and the entire Pavilion x360 convertible family from the 11.6-inch model all the way up to the 15.6-inch model.
The standard Pavilion series will carry the new "Lift hinge" design inspired from the existing Envy series where the back of the lid is curved in order to lift the base at a slight angle when opening the display. HP claims that this will improve airflow and ergonomics, though drawbacks include no connectivity features on the rear of the chassis and a more rocky lid from our experience with the latest Envy models. The bezels have been reduced by as much as 51 percent to cut down on both size and weight. CPU and color options are wide including AMD E2 to A10 APUs and Intel Celeron to Core i7 SKUs. Discrete GPU options include both GeForce 940MX and Radeon.
As for the Pavilion x360 series, the keyboard deck will now be a metal "strata" design with only Intel Pentium or Core ix CPU options. All 13-inch models will be dropped in favor of 14-inch designs that will be marginally thicker and heavier. Optional extras include GeForce 940MX and Radeon GPUs (14-inch and 15-inch only), IR cameras, and support for active stylus pens not unlike the recent Spectre x360 refresh.
Of particular note is that HP will be sticking to the older Maxwell GPUs instead of utilizing the newer GTX 1050 Pascal solution due to costs and thermal reasons. All models are coming this May and June with prices starting at $400 USD for the Pavilion 11 x360 and $700 USD for the Pavilion 14. Check out the slides below for more details on what the new releases have to offer.