HP has announced a raft of new portables, including laptop/tablet hybrids, a new Chromebook running Google's operating system, and in what could be a first for HP, an Android-based SlateBook PC.
The firm's next-generation PC portfolio includes a host of innovative form factors with multiple operating system options, HP said. It comprises five new systems; the Envy x360 and Pavilion x360 convertible laptops; the Split x2 with a detachable screen; a new HP Chromebook; and the SlateBook PC.
HP's SlateBook is a 14in laptop running the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system, and is based on a 1.8GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor with 2GB memory and up to 64GB flash storage.
The 16mm-thick portable notebook gives customers access to the more than one million Android apps and games on Google Play in a more productive form factor, HP said. It is claimed to have a battery life of up to nine hours, and is set to cost $399 (£238) when available.
On the Windows side, the Split x2 is described as a sleek, lightweight detachable PC, where the screen pulls off and can be used as a slate-mode tablet. The 13.3in system sports a dual battery system that includes a battery in the base and one in the tablet so that users can easily switch from notebook to tablet and back, HP said. It is set to cost $599.99 (£358).
HP's Envy x360 and Pavilion x360 are convertibles, where the screen can be folded all the way around or to allow the device to be used in "tent" mode.
The Envy x360 has a 15.6in touchscreen display and is based on Intel Core processors for a starting price of $679.99 (£406), while the Pavilion x360 has a 13.3in processor and a choice of AMD A8 or Intel Core i3 chips for $629.99 (£376) and $599.99 (£358), respectively.
Finally, HP's new Chromebook has an 11.6in display and a claimed battery life of up to six hours, and enables customers to connect to their favourite websites, online music and videos, and tens of thousands of apps in the Chrome Web Store using Google's pared-down Chrome OS. It is set to cost $279.99 (£167).
All the systems are set to be available in the US from the end of June or in July. Availability in the UK and Europe has yet to be disclosed.
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