In an attempt to satisfy consumers in the post-PC era, the American multinational tech giant Hewlett-Packard has unveiled a line of portable products like laptops, Chromebooks and tablets for the consumer market.
The new devices would be quit fascinating for the consumers as their feature hybrid designs and operating system choices will fit the way they work and play.
Insiders say the tech giant has launched these items in an attempt to spread its bets across Windows 8.1, Android, and Google’s Chrome OS.
“Customers have made it clear that they need devices that adapt to work and play the way they do. We’re working really hard to raise the bar on our products, focusing on the customer experience. This is about the reinvention of our PC business,” said Mike Nash, vice president of product management at the consumer personal systems division at HP, in a press briefing.
According to Nash, the category for the hybrid of laptops and tablets is growing 1,000 percent a year and HP has 45 percent of the overall laptop market. To meet the consumers’ demand, Nash said that product design teams are constantly researching new trends, materials and design styles.
The 2-in-1 laptops, i.e. the laptops that have functions of tablets too, have hinges that allow screens to rotate at 360-degree. This will allow consumers to use the laptops in whichever position they want. They can also fold them as a tablet.
The most significant change in these products is that the HP has shifted the hard disk drive from the keyboard base to the tablet screen. This change will allow the user to store a lot more data while using the device as a tablet.
The new machines include the touch-enabled HP Envy x360 and the HP Pavilion x360. These laptops have a swivel hinge that changes them from a laptop clamshell, to a stand, tent-style device, or tablet. Both devices have Blu-ray optical drives because consumers still want them, Nash said.
HP Pavilion x360 laptop-tablet hybrid
Following are the key features of HP Pavilion x360 laptop-tablet hybrid:
- It has a powerful Intel Core processor
- It comes with 15.6-inch diagonal touchscreen
- It has HP Control Zone trackpad for Windows 8.1.
- It will come with USD 680 price tag in in the U.S. from June 11.
- It weighs 5.3 pounds and is 23.6 millimeters in thickness.
HP Pavilion x360 laptops
Following are the key features of HP Pavilion x360 laptops:
- The HP Pavilion x360 has a 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen.
- It uses Intel or Advanced Micro Devices processors.
- It has a 10-point touchscreen.
- It has dual speakers and BeatsAudio.
- It is expected to start selling in the U.S. on July 9 with an AMD A8 processor for USD 630 and an Intel Core i3 processor on July 20 for USD 600.Chromebook
Following are the key features of HP Chromebook:
- It is an 11.6-inch laptop
- You can easily get connected to internet to view web sites, online music, videos and Google Chrome apps.
- It has a high-definition screen.
- It comes in two colors: Snow White and Ocean Turquoise.
- It has six hours of battery life.
- It will start selling in the U.S. in July, with pricing to be determined.