It has been a while since we heard much from HP, but fortunately they have a new toy for us that was just announced at MWC. To that effect, the HP Pavilion x360 is not just another touchscreen convertible PC, but it’s an affordable one that comes with free built in mobile 3g/4g data service. It also comes packing a 360 degree hinge design that lets users use it in both tablet, laptop, stand, and tent modes, making it that much more versatile.
The system is packing in an 11.6” touchscreen display and you get all of this in a body that weighs a pretty svelte 3.06 lbs and measures 21.9mm thin. Of course, the system sports the traditional notebook mode, or what we like to call “work” mode. But users can easily flip around the display a full 360 degrees to use the device in tablet mode. There is also tent mode mode which is convenient for sharing the screen with others, and stand mode which is convenient for video chats.
But it’s not just the do-it-all form factor that makes the makes the x360 unique, but the fact that it also comes with HP DataPass. HP DataPass means that the system comes with built-in 3g/4g, and to sweeten the deal, HP is including two years of free 3G+ or 4G mobile broadband service powered by Fogg Mobile. And while the free data package is just 250mb a month, that is pretty good for free. Additional monthly data packages can be purchased at low rates without a contact. Furthermore, HP DataPass is slowly getting rolled out to more and more countries. So far it is available in the UK, Sweden and Denmark, and HP plans on expanding it to 12 additional countries, including the
United States, this summer.
The HP Pavilion x360 will be available in two colors – a bold brilliant red or a smoke silver. It’s also sporting a soft touch finish for resistance to fingerprints, along with a brushed aluminum keyboard deck. Other features include Beats Audio, a TrueVision HD Webcam, an Intel Bay Trail Pentium N3520 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3 USB ports, an HDMI port and a 500GB hard drive.
Pricing for the HP Pavilion x360 begins at $399. It goes on sale in the U.S. on February 26th at HPShopping.com and will initially be available in “brilliant red”. Models with HP DataPass will be available in the U.S., starting in the summer.