HP announces new Envy ultrabooks and 'sleekbooks'

By on May 9, 2012, 2:00 PM

HP is refreshing its notebook lineup with a trio of Envy Ultrabooks, a new EliteBook Folio for business users, as well as  a new aggressively priced thin-and-light brand of laptops called Envy Sleekbooks. All of them come with either 13.3-, 14- or 15.6-inch screens and some even offer options for discrete graphics.

Leading the Ultrabook pack is the Envy Spectre XT, which boasts an all-metal chassis that’s just 14.5mm thick and weighs 3 pounds, making it thinner and lighter than the glass-covered Envy 14 Spectre model announced in February. As for specs, you can expect a 13.3-inch display, Ivy Bridge processor paired with a 128GB SSD (upgradeable to 256GB), a backlit keyboard, and a battery-life rating of 7 hours.

Other features include HDMI-out, USB 3.0, a Gigabit Ethernet port, and an SD card slot. The HP Envy Spectre XT will be available on June 8 starting at just a buck under $1,000.

HP also expanded its Envy Ultrabook range with 14-inch and 15.6-inch models, starting at $750 and $800 respectively. These will feature second and third-generation Intel Core processors and come with a 500GB HDD paired with a 32GB mSATA cache SSD, 1366 x 768 display resolution, optional discrete graphics, Beats Audio, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot and HDMI.

Battery life is rated at 8 hours for the 14-inch model and 9 hours for the 15.6-inch version. As you’d expect, they also support features like Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect, and Intel Rapid Start. They Envy Ultrabooks be as thin as 19.8mm, weighing less than 4 pounds, and are available starting today.

Meanwhile, the company is also introducing what it calls ‘Sleekbooks’, which are essentially thin and light notebooks that don’t necessarily comply with all of Intel’s guidelines for the Ultrabook branding. The largest 15.6-inch model arriving on June 20 is configured with an unspecified second generation AMD APU and starts at just $600, while the 14-incher comes with an Intel CPU and will set you back $700.

Lastly, HP also announced the EliteBook Folio 9470m, which is more geared toward business use. It comes with a 14-inch display, a TPM security chip, along with an Intel vPro CPU and built-in fingerprint reader. Onboard ports and connections include USB 3.0, VGA, Ethernet, and optional 4G wireless. The EliteBook Folio hasn't received a specific price yet and is not expected to arrive until October.




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lalaman06 lalaman06 said:

omg can't wait for the $600 amd trinity ultrabooks just out in a month!!!!

Guest said:

Can you verify the gigabit connectivity for the non-Spectre Ultrabooks? According to HP's web site, they're all 10/100, not gigabit.

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