HP announces Pavilion x2 hybrid laptop with USB-C

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HP has officially revealed its latest hybrid device, the Pavilion x2 which will be available for purchase starting July 21. According to the company it is both “optimized for entertainment” and “designed for productivity.” However, the most hyped feature is it’s built-in USB Type-C connector.

What is USB-C?

USB-C is a reversible USB plug standard that will handle charging the device, carrying the abundant power of 4K video for external displays, and reducing the need for several ports and cables by using a single cable for devices.

The only snag is that the Pavilion’s USB-C port runs at USB 2.0 speeds, and won’t be USB 3.0-or USB 3.1-compliant in speeds

The Pavilion x2 has a micro HDMI that you can use to connect to a TV or an external display. Additionally, it comes with a full-size USB 2.0 port which gives you the advantage of hooking up external devices without a dongle.

Key Features

Display

The hybrid device has a 10-inch HD display with IPS technology, 135-degree viewing angles and uses magnets to connect tablet display to the keyboard.

Weight

Compared to other similar devices the laptop is light-weight. It’s 1.3 pounds without the keyboard and just under 2.5 pounds with it. HP claims that when the keyboard is removed it will look like a tablet, but with the rather large connector it comes with, it doesn’t seem that will look like a dedicated tablet.

Processor

Surprisingly, the processor is a quad-core Intel Atom and not the newer Cherry Trail Atom. The reason to stick with the older processor is because the company wasn’t quite ready with the new chip, an HP official told PCWorld.

Storage Space

The storage space offered is up to 64GB and if you need more, the Pavilion X2 also offers expandability through its micro SD card slot.

Battery Life

If short battery life bothers you, then you would be happy to know that this comes with 10.75 hours of battery life!

Pricing

The Pavilion x2 will cost $299 for the 32 GB version and $349.99 for the 64GB version. It will be available in three colors—red, white and silver—and you’ll get 60 Skype minutes a month and Office 365 for a year.

The company also announced three new Envy models with screens ranging from 14 to 17 inches in size. There is nothing exciting with these new models which are mostly aimed at students. The Envy models start at $699.99 and should be in stores starting next month.

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