A pop-up camera that swivels and keeps your face in the frame will come standard with HP’s latest 11-inch Windows tablet, the PC maker said on Tuesday. The 13-megapixel shooter, which HP calls a “glam camera,” should help you video conferences and take selfies in style.
Unveiled as part of the company’s fall product line, the new tablet is one of the few consumer-facing Windows tablets on the market. With an 11-inch diagonal screen and an Intel Pentium silver processor, the tablet is similar to Microsoft’s entry-level Surface Go 2 tablet, and is expected to go on sale in December for an acceptable starting price of $ 499. (keyboard not included).
This is a good deal if you are looking for a Windows tablet capable of shooting great videos. And it’s not just to make you look good. HP says that when you mount the tablet on your desk using the included kickstand, you can pop the camera up and rotate it to show everyone what’s on your desk. The camera even has automatic keystone correction, which activates to make the visible area a rectangle at any angle.
Besides the sleek camera, the rest of the 11-inch tablet’s specs are relatively pedestrian. They include up to 4GB of memory, up to 128GB of solid-state storage, and a single USB-C port for charging and connecting peripherals. Still, the design is reasonably upscale, with the tablet itself made of silver anodized aluminum and a fabric cover for both the built-in kickstand and the back of the optional keyboard cover.
Specter x360 16: Thwart Shoulder Snoopers
Bargain hunters looking for a tablet that shows them in their best light aren’t the only ones who love HP’s fall lineup. At the high end of the market, the company introduced a sleek new Specter x360 2-in-1 convertible laptop with a gorgeous 16-inch OLED display and a few camera tricks.
The Specter x360 16’s camera won’t display or rotate, but it does have other advanced features that you won’t find on other mainstream laptops. Using HP’s GlamCam app, the Specter’s 5-megapixel camera will automatically correct for lighting conditions and even keep your face in frame as you move.
The face framing feature is similar to the Center Stage feature that Apple introduced earlier this year on its flagship iPad Pro tablet. HP says its face tracking technology can be used for other purposes as well, including detecting when you look away from the laptop to darken the screen and save battery. The new camera will also be able to detect when someone is peering at your screen over your shoulder and trigger a pop-up alert.
Along with the innovative camera, the new Specter x360 16 16-inch is the latest member of HP’s flagship notebook family to see its screen increase by one inch, following the introduction of the much-acclaimed 14-inch model plus early this year. It is likely that they will eventually supplant the 13 and 15 inch Specter x360 laptops in the HP lineup. The 16-inch screen has a 3K resolution, which corresponds to 3,072 by 1,920 pixels.
Inside, you’ll be able to configure the new laptop with an Intel H-series Core i7 processor of the latest generation Tiger Lake, as well as an optional Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card. Despite the large screen and the serious power of these available processors, the Specter x360 16 is still relatively thin and light at 4.5 pounds. It will start at $ 1,639 when it goes on sale next month.
New Ultra-Wide Envy 34 All-in-One
HP’s flagship all-in-one desktop, the Envy, will also receive an upgraded camera this fall. The new 34-inch Envy 34 AIO will come with a magnetic mount webcam that you can position as you see fit. The camera looks like stand-alone webcams sold by Logitech, Dell, and others, but it snaps easily onto the Envy 34’s top frame and matches the AIO’s sleek silver finish.
The 16-megapixel shooter also has infrared sensors for Windows Hello facial recognition, as well as dual-array digital microphones. One potential downside, however, is that it has to be connected to the PC via an external wired connection, which can add clutter to your desk.
While HP introduced a new, critically acclaimed 32-inch Envy 32 AIO last year, focusing on audio performance, it hasn’t updated the larger 34-inch model in a few years. Besides the new camera, the distinguishing feature of the Envy 34 is its ultra-wide format. The PC screen is 5,120-b7-2,160 pixels and is designed to display 98% of the P3 color gamut, although it does not support touch. Inside, you’ll be able to configure the new AIO with a desktop-class Intel Core i7-11700 processor (many AIOs use less powerful processors intended for laptops to eliminate bulky cooling components). Coupled with up to 32GB of memory, there should be more than enough horsepower for many types of content creation, and in fact HP claims the Envy 34 outperforms Apple’s iMac M1 by up to 50% off common tasks in Adobe Premiere Pro.
Expect to shell out at least $ 2,000 for the Envy 34 when it goes on sale in October.
HP plans first Windows 11 Snapdragon PC
If that doesn’t fit your budget, HP is also refreshing its consumer all-in-one PCs. Available in a 27-inch screen size, the new HP Pavilion 27 AIO will start at $ 749 and offer an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U processor with 1TB of storage. While still very powerful for day-to-day tasks, the Ryzen U-series is intended for use in laptops and doesn’t offer enough power to run some CPU-intensive workflows. And the 1TB drive is a turntable, with no option for a much larger SSD.
HP completes its AIO update with some minor updates to the entry-level HP AIO models, available in 24-inch or 27-inch versions. They will start at just $ 500. The company also introduced new 32-inch and 34-inch monitors with curved 4K or WQHD panels, respectively, as well as a new HP 14 laptop which will be the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c laptop to roll out of the factory with the new Windows. 11 from Microsoft. system; the PC and the new OS arrive in October.