HP refreshes Pavilion laptop line-up with Intel Skylake and Windows Hello – Inquirer

NEWLY-SPLIT PC MAKER HP has updated its Pavilion laptop line-up, adding Intel Skylake power and Windows Hello authentication.

First up is the 14in and 15.6in HP Pavilion laptops (above), which the company claims are now 22 per cent thinner than their predecessors – weighing 3.3 pounds and 4.26 pounds and measuring in at 19.5mm and 22.5mm thick, respectively. There’s also a new 17.3in HP Power Pavilion option, which aims to break backs at 6.28 pounds and 29.9mm thick.

Under the hood, HP’s new Pavilion laptops pack Intel’s 6th-gen Skylake chips up to i7, which is offered with a choice of Nvidia GeForce 940MX, 950M or 960M graphics, or an AMD A12-9700P quad-core processor with optional Radeon R7 Graphics.

With an Intel RealSense camera onboard, the new HP Pavilion supports Microsoft’s Windows Hello authentication feature that will allow you to unlock the laptop by staring at it.

There’s a choice of display on offer too, with HP offering either an edge-to-edge HD or FHD IPS screen and the laptop will be offered with up to 16GB RAM, up to 512GB SSD, and up to 2TB of HDD, along with an optical disk drive on selected models.

HP’s new-and-improved Pavilion laptops will arrive in the UK in August, with the 14in, 15.6in and 17.3in models priced from £379 up to £899.

HP has also updated its Spectre x360 laptop hybrid offering, which acts as an affordable alternative to the newly-launched MacBook-rivaling HP Spectre.

HP Pavilion x360 2016 11.6in model

Available in 11.6in, 13.3in or 15.6in models, the new offering features the same 360-degree hinge as last year’s model, allowing it to be used as a laptop, a tablet or anything in between, but HP claims it’s up to 14 per cent thinner than before.

As for the hardware, you’ve got a choice of processors running up to Intel’s sixth-generation Skylake Core i7, up to 16GB of memory, a 512GB SSD and up to 1TB spinning hard disk.

The new models also pack custom B&O audo, a battery life quoted up to 9 hours and 15 minutes, and a number of colour options including Dragon Blue and Sport Purple, naturally. 

HP’s updated Spectre x360 laptops will be available from 1 August with prices starting at £279. µ

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