HP EliteBook Revolve has convertible design, Win7 option

Windows 8 convertibles are all the rage these days, and HP has a new one designed specifically for the business crowd. The EliteBook Revolve's screen twists and folds flat onto the keyboard, transforming the 11.6" system from notebook to tablet. Although the press release doesn't mention the panel technology used for the display, the touchscreen should support both finger and stylus input. Too bad about the resolution, which is only 1366x768.

Under the hood, the Revolve offers a choice between several Ivy Bridge-based processors. The system features up to 256GB of solid-state storage, and it has a USB 3.0 port for an external drive. This puppy is loaded with wireless options, too, including NFC and cellular broadband connectivity. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi aren't listed in the press release, but I don't imagine either has been left off the menu.

HP says the Revolve tips the scales at about 3 lbs and measures less than 0.9" thick. A magnesium chassis should make the system feel sturdy, while Corning Gorilla Glass keeps the screen free of scratches. Users can also look forward to an auto-dimming screen and a backlit keyboard that's purportedly "full-sized." No doubt due to corporate concerns, it looks like you'll be able to order the Revolve with either Windows 8 or Windows 7. If you listen closely, you can hear the faint sound of Modern UI haters rejoicing.

We don't know how much the EliteBook Revolve will cost yet, but the machine isn't due out for a few months. HP says US customers will be able to get their hands on one in March. I suspect the Revolve will also be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.

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