HP Pavilion x360 convertible laptop takes a page from Yoga's book

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February 23, 2014 9:00 AM PST / Updated: February 27, 2014 3:22 PM PST

BARCELONA, Spain -- One of the few laptop-style devices at MWC 2014 is the HP Pavilion x360, an 11.6-inch hybrid that switches between clamshell and tablet modes thanks to a 360-degree hinge.

If that hinge mechanism looks familiar, that's because it's very similar to the one found on the popular line of Yoga laptops from Lenovo, as well as me-too models from Dell and others. The idea of the 360-degree hinge is that you can use the system as a traditional laptop, then bend the lid backward, stopping at a kiosk or table tent form in the middle, or else folding it all the way back into a tablet shape.

Like the Yoga line, you still have the keyboard and touch pad exposed in tablet mode, deactivated, but under your fingers.

HP's pitch for the Pavilion x360 is a little different than Lenovo's for the high-end, premium-priced Yoga, which starts at around $1,000. Instead, HP's version starts at $399, which means it runs Intel Pentium chips, rather than the more mainstream Core i-series CPUs (although that's honestly fine for an 11-inch laptop).

HP says the x360 is aimed at millennials looking for a single device for work and play, and one goal for this system was to produce an affordable convertible that's accessible to anyone.

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HP Pavilion x360
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The system weighs around 3 pounds and is 21.9 millimeters thick. It features the same Beats Audio technology as the rest of HP's consumer laptop line, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hybrid hard drive. There are three USB ports, as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The Pavilion x360 will be available starting February 26, initially in red, later in smoked silver, both with a soft-touch finish and brushed-metal wrist rest.

Editors' note: This post has been updated since its original publication with hands-on photos.

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HP Pavilion x360

Part Number: F8C35AV Released: Feb. 26, 2014

MSRP: $399.99

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  • Release date Feb. 26, 2014
  • Color Red
  • Weight 3.08 lbs
  • CPU Intel Pentium N3520
  • Installed Size 4 GB
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