HP unveils refreshed 2016 lineup of Pavilion convertibles and notebooks
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Like clockwork, HP will soon be launching its lineup of notebooks for the lucrative back-to-school season. Included are brand new and updated devices like the Pavilion x360 convertibles series and the classic Pavilion notebooks series. According to studies carried out by the manufacturer, consumers and students are craving for more thin-and-light offerings that offer good battery life without performance sacrifices. Thus, the refreshed portfolio has been designed with these guidelines in mind.
HP Pavilion 11, 13 and 15.6 x360 Convertibles
"Design, Experience and Entertainment" are the three pillars that the new Pavilion x360 notebooks have been built on. Both weights and thicknesses of the Pavilion 11 x360 and 13 x360 have been reduced by 2.5 mm compared to the outgoing models. The new Pavilion 15 x360 will be a new entry to the series and will likely take queues from the pricier Spectre version. New colors will be available including Cardinal Red, Sport Purple, Dragonfly Blue, Natural Silver, and Modern Gold. HP promises that the hinges will be smooth for the life of the product without any noticeable degradation overtime.
In terms of "Experience", the notebooks can be equipped with Celeron options up to a Core i7 and with 16 GB DDR4 RAM. Other features like HD, FHD IPS, and 2x2 802.11ac wireless will be available. Battery life is rated for 10 hours and the integrated webcam will have a wider shooting angle.
HP Pavilion 14, 15.6 and 17.3 Notebooks
If convertibles aren't your fancy, then the refreshed Pavilion notebook series may be more attractive. The notebooks have been designed to maximize "performance and speed, RAM, battery life, design, and display quality", at least for the price. To do this, HP has divided the series into two groups: "Thin & Light" and "High Performance". Regardless of the group, all notebooks are now thinner than the respective outgoing models due largely to the move from thicker cylindrical battery cells to flatter prismatic sizes commonly found on Ultrabooks. In the case of the 14-inch and 15-inch Pavilion models, their thicknesses have been reduced by 5.5 and 2.7 mm, respectively. The rear bulges on these units now flatter as a result as well.
Like the Pavilion convertible series, the Pavilion notebook series will come in a variety of colors including "Blizzard White" that is not not available on the former. The "Thin & Light" models can be configured with up to a Core i7 CPU or AMD A12 APU, and up to GeForce 940MX or AMD R7 M440 graphics. RAM options range from 4 GB up to 16 GB with up to 2 TB hard drives. HD and FHD IPS options will be available with B&O stereo speakers standard. HP promises up to 9.5 to 10 hours of battery life.
High Performance Pavilions with Nvidia GTX 950MX and 960MX Graphics?
According to HP's presentation, the "High Performance" models can be equipped with even higher GPU options including the GeForce GTX 950MX and GTX 960MX. The information is notable as Nvidia itself has not yet confirmed the existence of the aforementioned models, so we can only assume that HP meant to say the GTX 950M and GTX 960M instead.
Beyond the GPU, the 15.6-inch high performance model can be equipped with Core i5 options, 8 GB RAM, a GTX 950M (GTX 950MX?) GPU, FHD IPS display, 1 TB HDD, and will be available later this month for a starting price of $899 USD. Meanwhile, the larger 17.3-inch model can be equipped with quad-core Core i7 options, a GTX 960M (GTX 960MX?) GPU, 12 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, and FHD IPS display for a launch later this month at $1099 USD.