HP this week revealed the HP Pavilion x360, a "convertible PC" with a 360-degree hinge.
The highly flexible laptophas to be seen to be believed: the PC can be used as a regular laptop, or can be folded to function as a tablet, or anywhere in between, depending on the user's need.
"Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price," explains Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions Group, HP.
"The HP Pavilion x360 is perfect for today's busy lifestyles. Its 360-degree hinge allows multitaskers to easily transition from laptop to tent to tablet," he continued. "It's the laptop that doesn't make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn't make you miss your laptop—all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook."
Notebook mode allows users easily answer email, take notes or write a paper. Customers can relax on the couch and use the HP Pavilion x360 to watch movies or video chat in stand mode without having the keyboard get in the way. In tent mode, customers can play games, browse photos and share their screen with friends in a more collaborative way. By transitioning the device's 360-degree hinge all the way into tablet mode, customers can browse social networks or read books on the go.
The Pavilion x360 has an 11.6-inch screen and weighs three prounds, about half a pound more than the same-sized MacBook Air from Apple.
The device launches in the US later this week for $399. We've reached out to HP for word on a Canadian release date and pricing.
HP also this week announced two additions to its leading business tablet lineup—the HP ElitePad 1000 ansd the HP ProPad 600—both of which the company says will be available with a broad set of accessories "to help transform tablets into total business solutions."
UPDATE: The Pavilion x360 will be available in Canada in april for $449.