Instead of a truckload of new products, HP’s announcements at IFA 2016 yielded only two new products, but it’s safe to say they are quite unlike the usual computers we’ve seen so far.
The first is a modular desktop PC. Called the Elite Slice, it is essentially a mini PC with Intel’s new Core i processors, dual storage bays, integrated WiFi, a fingerprint sensor, and a selection of ports (including USB Type C) as the base “layer”.
For added features, HP has a selection of snap-on covers that go on top of the Elite Slice, and modules that are placed underneath the Slice. The covers include a HP Collaboration Cover that features touch inputs for Skype for Business calls, and a HP Wireless Charging Cover.
As for the modules, there are also two: a HP Optical Disk Drive Module (in case businesses are still stuck with that medium), and a HP Audio Module which features a 360-degree speaker with Bang & Olufsen enhancements and even noise cancellation software.
Where the Elite Slice appears to be purpose built for businesses, the other HP PC announced earlier today is designed with the living room in mind. The HP Pavilion Wave looks like a very handsome 360-degree speaker, with woven fabric materials surrounding the triangular shaped body. There’s even a Bang & Olufsen logo at the front (the HP logo is located at the top).
Inside, the Pavilion Wave can fit up to an Intel Core i5 Skylake processor, 1TB HDD or 128GB SSD, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and a choice of Intel integrated graphics or an AMD R9 470 GPU. While it looks like a 360-degree speaker, the Pavilion Wave only has one main speaker that pushes audio out against the top cover, yielding a 360-degree effect. There are also microphones in place for use with Cortana.
The HP Elite Slice will be available in selected markets starting this month from $429 to $999, while the Pavilion Wave starts at $529.99 when it hits selected markets in October.