The HP Pavilion x360 converts between a laptop and a tablet thanks to the integration of a 360-degree hinge.
We're not entirely convinced that there's a strong market for a convertible laptop/tablet, but manufacturers seem to think there's potential in it. HP has just unveiled its latest hybrid — the Pavilion x360 — a laptop-tablet that, like the Lenovo Yoga, flips open — either part-way, so that the keyboard can act as a stand, or all the way, so that the device becomes a tablet.
Its specs, as you might expect, are pretty light: Intel 64-bit Pentium-series Atom processor, Bay Trail; 8GB of RAM; a 500GB hybrid hard drive; Beats Audio; 802.11n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth; one HDMI and three USB ports; and a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels on its 11-inch screen. It weighs 1.3 kilograms and measures 21.9 millimetres thick.
Like the Yoga, the Pavilion x360's keyboard and touchpad are exposed, but deactivated, when the machine is in tablet form, which means you'll want to be careful how you set it down, particularly in stand mode. There are, according to HP, four modes: laptop, stand, tent and tablet.
Battery life has yet to be confirmed, though reports state that it will be more than four hours. It would want to be.
The Pavilion x360 will be available in the US from 26 February for US$399. Even with the Australia tax, that's a darn sight more attractive than the Yoga's RRP of AU$1699. However, local pricing and launch information has yet to be released.