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HP unveils new two-in-one Pavilion x2 with magnetic keyboard latch and USB-C charging

HP today unveiled a number of new laptops and tablets, but the most interesting of the announcements was the new Pavilion x2.

Featuring a 10-inch 1080p display and a latest generation Bay Trail-based Atom processor, the laptop-tablet hybrid has a magnetic detachable keyboard that feels much sturdier than the equivalent solution from Asus. Indeed, the x2 is gunning after the recently released, and far more expensive Surface 3.

The Pavilion x2 charges via the new USB-C standard, but comes with a full-sized USB 2.0 port, a micro HDMI port, and a full SD card reader.

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HP is trying to convince people that the Windows 8.1 experience, which this will come with when it ships on August 7th, is optimized for the hybrid form factor. The device comes in two versions, a 32GB model for $399.99 CAD and a 64GB version for $449.99. Both offer nearly 11 hours of battery life, and weigh less than 2.5lbs with the keyboard attached. As with all Windows devices recently released, it comes with a year’s subscription to Office 365.

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