HP is gearing up for a new convertible laptop, the HP EliteBook Revolve.The new device is a traditional-style convertible like convertibles of old, having a central-hinge display that can twist 180 degrees and closed can turn it into a bit of a bulky tablet.

The new laptop has a 11.6-inch screen, 1366×768 Gorilla Glass 2 display, a magnesium chassis and either an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Other specs include at least 4GB of RAM, up to 256GB SSD, two USB 3.0 ports, a display port, full-sized ethernet and optional 4G LTE. An optional pen also exists.

The HP EliteBook Revolve honestly looks quite a bit like the convertibles of the earlier 2000s, but the biggest difference is that the device has the power of Windows 8 under the hood and is truly ready for touch in a way these old units weren’t.

As far as size, things are much more slimmed down with a 3 pound package that is 22mm thick.

Still, this is clearly a business device that is meant for use primarily as a laptop and secondarily as a touch tablet for things like drawing, signing contracts and other business oriented tasks.

For now the device doesn’t have an official price in mind, though it is said to be coming around March of 2013. Don’t be surprised if the tablet is on the expensive side. Also don’t be surprised if this tablet is only available to businesses.

HP will also offer this laptop convertible with Windows 7, though Windows 8 is going to work a heck of a lot better with such a device.

What do you think, like this 180-degree turning convertible or not?

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