HP announces trio of Pavilion, Spectre x2 hybrid laptops/tablets

HP announces trio of Pavilion, Spectre x2 hybrid laptops/tablets

Summary: The pair of budget-friendly Pavilion x2 models will start at $599.99, while the Spectre 13 x2 convertible sports a starting price of $1,099.99.


While HP was launching a handful of new tablets, as well as an innovative new laptop, it also decided to put the two formats together for three new convertible notebooks that are becoming increasingly common Windows 8 portable devices. 

At the lower end of the pricing spectrum, HP is introducing two Pavilion x2 models, one with an 11-inch screen and the other with a 13-inch display. The Pavilion 11 x2 will make use of Intel's forthcoming Bay Trail Atom processor, with either 64GB or 128GB of onboard storage. As befits a bigger-screened portable, the Pavilion 13 x2 will offer more powerful processor options in the form of either an AMD A6 or an Intel Haswell CPU.

Additional storage for the Pavilion 13 x2 can come courtesy of an optional 500GB hard drive built into the keyboard dock piece of the system. That dock also includes an extra battery. Unfortunately, its larger screen has the same resolution (1,366x768) as the one on the Pavilion 11 x2.

Both Pavilion x2 devices will run Windows 8.1 when they launch on November 17. At a starting price of $599.99, they won't break the bank, but they're significantly more than the similar (if smaller) Asus Transformer Book T100 convertible, which will be priced from $349.

A higher-end hybrid comes in the form of the Spectre 13 x2, an Ultrabook that's notable for its fanless chassis. The 13.3-inch screen packs full 1080p HD resolution (1,920x1,080) and, like the Pavilion 13 x2, features Intel Haswell processors and a keyboard dock with built-in battery. But its build quality is higher, using more aluminum than plastic, and is thin and light enough to qualify for Intel's Ultrabook designation.

Of course, you'll pay more -- much more -- for the premium features and design. The Spectre 13 x2 will start at $1,099 when it's released next month.  

Topics: Mobility, Hewlett-Packard, Laptops, Tablets

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  • It's about time...

    It took a year, but finally some compelling & competitive Windows 8 hardware is being released by the OEMs. I'd definitely consider all of these.
    • Another Pixelated Display

      When are they going to figure out that you need a more reasonable display. My Kindle Fire 8.9 HD does better than this.

      The CNet (ZDNet's sister) article says the 13" is the same resolution as the 11". Wonder what it is?

      Looks like a Rip
      There are several kinds of hybrids: rips, twists, spins, sliders, and rip/spin. Non hybrids are clam shells and tablets. All have draw backs. For rips it is "Now where did I leave the keyboard."
  • Pavillion

    Some folks might be won over by the Pavillion's slightly larger screen vs. the ASUS (11.6" as opposed to 10.1") but I believe that the larger screen also means HP won't be able to throw in a free copy of Office Home & Student. Maybe HP is shooting more for the corporate market with this one.
  • HP Spectre 13t-h200x2

    Higher resolution is for younger eyes, I downgraded resolution on mine to be visible from a small distance. It lasts all day at work and no fan noise and it stays cool. Slick aluminum outside looks good but is slippery.