In my book the Spectre x360 (reviewed here) is the essence of good design wrapped up with HP’s quality components, build, and support systems. The current range of HD, IPS, WLED screens are good but OLED leads in screen quality, resolution and lower power consumption.
The 13.3” Quad HD OLED display option will be available from mid-2016 to provide even higher colour accuracy, with a broader range of shades and better contrast for watching movies or editing photos. The OLED display is thinner and decreases device weight by 50 grams while providing higher colour gamut at 103 per cent vs. 72 per cent on IPS WLED displays. It will also offer an optional Intel Iris GPU and up to 1 TB of SSD storage - as the company keeps reinventing the award-winning HP Spectre x360 to deliver premium features.
The 15.6” version will be available with a 4K IPS screen, USB-C, Intel Iris Graphics, 8 or 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD (or larger) and Intel Skylake Core i5 or i7. This will be shipping from late February and prices start from US$1149.
“Screen quality - including resolution, brightness and contrast - are increasingly important to customers creating and viewing rich media content on their personal systems, and PCs are no exception,” said Jeff Woodhouse, PC Consumer Category Manager, Printing & Personal Systems, HP Australia. “To deliver experiences that amaze, HP is bringing 4K displays as an option on the new HP Spectre x360 13.3” convertible PCs.”
Read on for details of the new 12.1” Pavilion x2 – a 2-in-1 hybrid ‘Surface-like’ product.
The current 10.1” Pavilion x2 tablet/hybrid has been winning in the student market because of keen pricing (A$549-599), Intel quad core Atom processor (long battery life), USB-C data/charge port, a proper detachable metal keyboard, Office 365 1-year subscription, and B&O speakers.
HP is building upon this heritage with a 12.1” model featuring:
- Intel Atom x5-Z8500 with 64 GB eMMC or 6th generation Intel Core M processors with 128 GB or 256 GB SSD
- Over 8 hours’ battery life
- Tablet weight 726g or 1.47kg with keyboard
- 1920x1080, 3:2 ratio IPS screen
- Latch-less magnetic connector easily detaches and attaches the keyboard notebook (tilt up to 130 degrees), tablet, and tent mode for playing touch games
- Full-size metal keyboard with 1.5 mm travel and a 54 x 98 mm touchpad is good for content creation
- USB Type-C connector to charge and power the device and enable data transfer plus a full-size USB 2.0 port, and a micro HDMI port
- Two front facing speakers’ custom tuned by B&O Play
The 12.1” model will start shipping in February – local prices are yet to be announced but will start from US$500.