As every PC maker, HP is also gearing up to ship new Windows 8.1 devices this holiday season. The popular PC manufacturer is announcing five new devices: the Spectre 13 Ultrabook, Spectre 13 x2, Pavilion 11 x2 and Pavilion 13 x2, and Omni 10 tablet.
Perhaps the most interesting is the Spectre 13 Ultrabook, at 15mm thin and weighing only 3.25 pounds, this is a fantastic Windows 8.1 PC and the reason is because HP has finally replaced the glossy screen bezel, the days of plastic-covered hinges and the two-piece chassis are over. Mimicking Apple’s MacBooks, the new Spectre PC features a chassis completely made of aluminum, even in the hinges.
The system comes with standard 13.3-inch Vivid HD 1920 x 1080 pixels IPS touchscreen display, but the kicker is that you can bump up the screen resolution to 2560 x 1440 QHD (221 PPI) when you order it. This ultrabook also features a 4th-gen Intel Haswell Core i7 processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB Solid-State Drive, but you can also choose to get a 256GB SSD instead. This machine even comes with Beats Audio and NFC.
Another addition in of the HP Control Zone, which is a traditional track pad with “texturized zone” on both sides made specially for Windows 8.1 navigation. Now it can be a bit easier to bring up charms and switch apps with your fingers (of course you can always use the touch). And HP says that this PC will hold up to 9 hours of battery on a single charge.
This Windows 8.1 PC will become available on October 16th with a starting price tag of $999.99.
HP Pavilion x2s
Following next are the Pavilion 11 x2 and the Pavillion 13 x2, both are 2-in-1 tablets with a detachable battery pack keyboard. The 11.6-inch model feature the latest Intel Bay Trail processor and the 13.3-inch model uses an AMD A6 CPU. Both Windows 8.1 tablets come standard with 64GB of Solid-State Drive. But the Pavilion 13 x2 has an optional 500GB hard drive in the base that you can use as external storage.
Both of these machines will be available on November 17th, 2013, and pricing start at $599.99.
HP Spectre x2
For $1099.99 you can also get the Spectre 13 x2. This model shares various similarities as the Pavilion x2, but it has an aluminum chassis unlike the cheap plasticky feeling in the less expensive model. It’s also the first tablet with Intel CPU without a fan, features a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel touchscreen display, the choice of a Core i3 or Core i5 processor, and 128GB Solid-State Drive.
As I mentioned above this device will cost $1099.99 and it will be available on October 16th.
Omni 10 tablet
Finally we have the Omni 10-inch tablet with 1080p resolution, it will feature Windows 8.1 (of course) and Intel’s Atom Z3000-series processor with 2GB of RAM. Also HP promise 9 hours of battery life on a single charge and it will come preloaded with Microsoft Office 2013. Pricing is yet to be announced and there is a stand/charging dock and small bluetooth keyboard, but it is unclear if these accessories will come bundled with the tablet.
Although these devices aren’t particularly the best out there, these new models show that HP is trying to stay competitive in the computer hardware business. Also not really a big surprise here, but HP is also ignoring Windows RT, all the PCs lineup from the company are coming with the full version of Windows 8.1.