The Intel Core m3 version of the brand new 2016 model HP Pavilion x2 have been released for $599, with keyboard included. This is a 12-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet with Bang & Olufsen speakers:
The HP Pavilion x2 was announced 6 weeks ago, as a tablet that would launch with a choice of both a slower Intel Atom processor, and a more powerful Intel Core m3 processor, which we are seeing here.
The Intel Core m3 (6Y30) HP Pavilion x2 model we are looking at here has a 12-inch screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution and active digitizer support, 4GB of DDR3 RAM (1687 MHz), 128GB of SSD storage + microSD card support, Intel HD Graphics 515 GPU, and 64-bit Windows 10.
The Wi-Fi supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, while other specs include Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.1 Type-C port, one USB 2.0 port, a LAN + USB network adapter, and a micro-HDMI port.
It has B&O Play speakers, and a front webcam, but no rear camera. Battery life is an estimated 8 hours, from a battery capacity of 33 Whr.
HP Pavilion x2 looks a little stylish, with a detachable full-size keyboard that has a 100 x 56 mm touchpad and a keyboard travel of 1.4 mm.
The weight of the tablet is 750 grams, while the keyboard weighs 220 grams. So the keyboard is pretty light. The tablet is also 8.4 mm thick.
Competition and alternatives
When we compare the HP Pavilion x2 in the 12-inch Windows 10 tablet category, then considering the price and newest 6th generation Intel Core m3 processor, the first alternative is the Surface Pro 4, which even though it is on sale in February, is still $200 more.
So the only other 12-inch alternative with a Intel Core m processor is the Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi, but that’s with the Intel Core m-5Y10c processor, and a price at around $475 these days.
– Jim Miller