Another Bay Trail-based convertible has made its way onto the web. The HP Pavilion 11t-h000 x2 squeezes Intel's latest low-power SoC into an 11.6" tablet with a detachable keyboard. The combo starts at $600 and ships January 14, but there's been little fanfare surrounding its arrival. A closer inspection of the specifications may provide some hints about why that is.
Let's start with the Pentium N3510 processor, which uses the same silicon as the Atom 3000 series. This chip has quad cores clocked at 2GHz. Surprisingly, though, the official specifications make no mention of a higher Burst frequency. Unlike Bay Trail Atom processors, this Pentium model doesn't have Turbo-like frequency scaling.
Intel's archives also reveal that the Pentium N3510 has a higher thermal envelope than its Atom kin. The chip's 4.5W Scenario Design Power (SDP) rating is more than double the 2W figure attached to the Atom Z3770. HP claims the Pavilion's battery life clocks in at 8:45, but achieving that run time appears to require two batteries: the three-cell unit in the tablet and the two-cell sidekick in the keyboard dock.
HP takes advantage of Bay Trail's 64-bit nature by equipping the Pavilion with an x64 version of Windows. There's 4GB of RAM, too, but the system memory sits on a single module, and there's no option to add a another one. Bay Trail's second memory channel is presumably untapped, which will have serious performance consequences, especially when the integrated graphics are involved.
The integrated GPU gets a bit of a break thanks to the relatively low 1366x768 display resolution; there's no high-PPI love here. At least the screen uses IPS panel technology, which should ensure wide viewing angles and good color reproduction.
Overall, the Pavilion has a good selection of connectivity options. Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0 are all included. There are HDMI and USB 2.0 ports, too, plus an HD webcam and what appears to be a full-sized memory card reader. The base configuration comes with 64GB of flash storage, and users have the option of upgrading to a 128GB SSD. Shockingly, that storage upgrade has a reasonable $60 price tag.
Although the Pavilion's tablet component measures just 0.46" (12 mm) thick, it's a little heavy at 1.73 lbs (785 g). The keyboard dock adds another 0.42" (11 mm) and 1.55 lbs (703 g). The overall design looks decent, though. The touchpad is nice and large, the back of the tablet appears to have a textured finish, and the keyboard should be less cramped than the one on the 10" Asus Transformer Book T100. I say should because the border around the Pavilion's keyboard is still pretty big; HP could have used that space more intelligently.
If I seem overly critical, that's probably because I'm actively shopping for a Win8 convertible to replace my aging notebook. The Pavilion comes close, but like the other 2-in-1s that have been released recently, it doesn't quite hit the mark. Thanks to VR-Zone Chinese for the tip.