HP unveils refreshed Pavilion series, Pavilion x360, and Envy x360 convertibles for 2015
Even though summer is just around the corner, HP is already preparing for the back-to-school season with a slew of new models from the budget Pavilion series to the higher-end Envy x360 convertible. These will also be the first HP consumer devices to ship with Bang & Olufsen hardware after Apple acquired the previous HP partner Beats late last year.
First up are the more standard Pavilion notebooks with refreshed looks and hardware. The redesign includes a unibody chassis with at least 7 different color choices to choose from. Models will be available in 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch sizes with HD and FHD displays, Core i3 and AMD A10 options, and Radeon and Nvidia discrete GPUs. The latter is particularly notable as previous Pavilion models did not offer a choice between AMD or Nvidia. Connectivity options include 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, RJ-45, and an HDMI-out port across all announced models. HP claims an improvement in battery life over the previous generation for runtimes ranging from 6 to 8 hours depending on the screen size.
The next model refresh is the Pavilion x360 with hinges not unlike the Lenovo Yoga models. The 2015 series will launch with 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch models and include HD and FHD displays, Celeron and Core M-5Y10C processors, and run for hours longer than the outgoing Pavilion x360 models. In fact, the manufacturer boasts a larger battery size than last year's 13-inch model (43 Wh vs. 48 Wh) while cutting weight by half a pound.
Lastly, the Envy x360 lies comfortably between the budget Pavilion x360 and high-end Spectre x360 with its new aluminum features, Core i5 and i7 Broadwell options, and 15.6-inch FHD IPS display. HP promises a battery life of almost 9 hours while trimming off over half a pound compared to the outgoing Envy x360.
The updated Pavilion and Envy x360 convertibles will launch June 21 starting at $409 for the 11-inch Pavilion x360 and $679 for the 15.6-inch Envy x360. The no-frills Pavilion notebooks will launch even earlier on May 13 for a starting price of $549, $599, and $479 for the 14-inch, 15-inch, and 17-inch model, respectively. Expect our full reviews on these upcoming units as we move closer to launch. In the meantime, see the full press release below.