HP's new ENVY x360, Pavilion x360 and Pavilion models show that budget notebooks can be great

One of the main highlights with the latest generation convertible models — the ENVY x360 and the Pavilion x360 — is that they use the same geared hinge seen in the Spectre x360 (hands-on here), through which users will be able to switch the orientation of the notebook all the way from clamshell to tablet mode. HP is also touting significant increases in battery life. The Envy x360 shares a similar design as that of the Spectre series, and now comes with a brushed aluminum cover and backlit keyboard. The entry-level $679 configuration has a 15-inch 1366 x 768 display, fifth-generation Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB mechanical hard drive. You can also configure the notebook with a full-HD screen as well as an SSD.

The Pavilion x360 series will be offered from $409, with the base configuration featuring a 11-inch display, Intel Pentium N3700 CPU, 4GB RAM and 500GB mechanical drive. Models with Core M and fifth-gen Core i5 CPUs will also be available, with the lower-powered models featuring a fanless design. HP is sticking to a colorful lineup for the Pavilion series, with the 11-inch Pavilion x360 set to be available in Natural Silver, Sunset Red, Violet Purple and Minty Green, while the 13-inch model will be sold in Natural Silver and Sunset Red variants.

HP is also launching new models in the Pavilion series, with models available in 14-,15- and 17-inch variants and Core i3 along with AMD's sixth-generation A10 CPUs. The Pavilion models will be sold in Natural Silver, Blizzard White, Sunset Red, Cobalt Blue, Violet Purple, Peachy Pink and Twinkle Black color variants. Following the acquisition of Beats by Apple, HP has announced that it will partner with Bang & Olufsen, with the latest ENVY x360 and Pavilion x360 models the first products to leverage the collaboration.

The ENVY x360 line will be available online via HP's website from June 18, and will be on store shelves from June 21. The Pavilion x360 series, along with the new Pavilion line of notebooks will debut online on May 21, and will be available at retail stores from June 21.

Source: HP

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia for Android Central, Windows Central's sister site. When not reviewing phones, he's testing PC hardware, including video cards, motherboards, gaming accessories, and keyboards.