When the 2015 model HP Pavilion 10 x2 was announced on June 3, it was originally indicated that the new model would launch with a Chery Trail processor, but now we are being told that this is not the case after all.
The Intel “Cherry Trail” processor will only be added to this tablet later in 2015, but the new model that will launch on July 21 (though shipping may begin at the first week of July) will continue with the same Intel Atom Z3736F “Bay Trail” processor as on the current HP Pavilion 10 x2.
But the other new specs, like the USB Type-C connector will be on board when it becomes available next month for $299. The same applies to the Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers.
So apart from the design changes, which I would consider a step up on the new model, this 2-in-1 comes with 64-bit Windows 8.1, 2GB of RAM, a 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, 32GB or 64GB eMMC storage options, a 2-cell 33WHr Lithium-ion battery that HP says can last up to 10 hours and 45 minutes.
Wi-Fi support is only for 802.11 b/g/n though, and Bluetooth 4.0. It also has a HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Digital Microphone, and an additional full size USB 2.0 port, and a micro-HDMI port. Color options are white, grey, and red.
Even for a 2-in-1 it’s a little thick, at 9.65 mm. The weight of the tablet is 585 grams. The tablet connects to the keyboard / dock by magnetic hinges
Software and services included are one year of Microsoft Office 365 Personal, 60 minutes of Skype premium per month, as well as 1TB of Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage.
The 10.1-inch Windows 2-in-1 segment is very competitive, which makes it hard to recommend the new HP Pavilion 10 x2 no matter how fresh it may look (it’s made of plastic materials though). The Full HD Asus Transformer Book T100 Chi is currently on sale for $349 with a better processor, while a Asus Transformer Book T100HA will be launched in two months time with 4GB of RAM, an Intel Atom x5 “Cherry Trail” processor, and a USB Type-C port too.
– Jim Miller