HP’s Pavilion Learns From Spectre

HP has released a slew of new products, slimming its convertible and laptop PCs while also raising battery life.

The new Pavilion PC range includes the x360 convertibles and the more conventional Pavilion laptops. Both are thinner and lighter than previous generations. The new 11.6″ and 13.3″ Pavilion x360s are 12-14% thinner (19.3mm and 19.8mm, respectively), weighing 1.3kg and 1.6kg, respectively. A new size has been added to the convertible range: 15.6″, which is 23.9mm thick and weighs 2.3kg.

Four new Pavilion laptops have been released: 14″, 15.6″ (two models) and 17.3″. These are 19.5mm, 22.5mm, 24.5mm and 29.9mm thick, and weigh 1.5kg; 1.9kg; 2.1kg; and 2.8kg, respectively.

All of the Pavilion models have B&O speakers and support Fast Charge, powering up to 90% in 90 minutes. Battery life is up to nine hours on the laptops and nine hours and 15 minutes on the convertibles.

HP has redesigned the hinge on the Pavilion x360 models after that used on the Spectre x360. It has been tested with up to 25,000 opening and closing cycles and 7,000 360° rotations. The mechanism has also been sealed in metal, to keep out dust and dirt.

Display resolution is 1280 x 720, or 1920 x 1080 as an option on the 13.3″ and 15.6″ convertibles. The units can be supplied with Intel Celeron, Pentium or up to Core i7 processors, with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage (or 1TB HDD). HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 (x2) are featured.

HP will start to sell the 11.6″ Pavilion x360 on the 15th May, for $380. The 13.3″ will go on sale on the 29th May ($480) and the 15.6″ on the 25th May ($580).

The new (non-convertible) laptops feature processors up to Core i7, with optional discrete graphics from Nvidia: Geforce 940MX, GTX 950M or GTX 960M. Alternatively, users can choose a quad-core AMD processor (A12) with optional R7 graphics. RAM is up to 16GB, with 512GB SSD storage or up to 2TB HDD storage; 2TB HDD and 128GB SSD storage can be installed together. Select models have an optical disc drive.

Edge-to-edge glass is used on the 1280 x 720 or 1920 x 1080 display. Touch can be added as an option. The laptops have HDMI, USB 3.0 (x2), USB 2.0 and RJ45 ports.

The 14″ laptop will be launched on the 12th June, starting at $540. HP will launch the standard 15.6″ model on the 18th May, for $580, and the 17.3″ ‘Power Pavilion’ on the same date, for $1,100. Launch details were not provided for the 15.6″ ‘Power Pavilion’ model.