HP launches convertible laptop

HP has announced a new consumer-orientated convertible laptop in preparation for the Mobile World Congress (MWC) conference.

The Pavilion x360 is a clamshell device with a screen that flips all the way around. This means it can also become a tablet if so desired, giving the user many different ways to utilise it.

Weighing three pounds and measuring 21.9 mm thick, the laptop is lightweight and portable. It has an 11.6-inch screen, runs Windows 8.1, and has 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive

Its design is similar to that of the Lenovo Yoga and Dell XPS 11 convertible products.

HP vice-president Mike Nash told The Verge there were no plans to switch from detachable computers to convertible models for future hybrids. According to the company’s research, consumers are interested in both.

The device is expected to go on sale in the US on February 26th for $399.99 (£241), cheaper than Lenovo’s laptop. HP is planning to release 4G-enabled versions later in the year.

It will be unveiled at the MWC in Barcelona, which runs from February 24th to 27th.