HP Fansite has unearthed the specifications of two upcoming HP EliteBooks: the 2560p ultraportable and 2760p convertible tablet. The former is the successor to last year's EliteBook 2540p and delivers Intel's full-voltage Sandy Bridge Core i5 and Core i7 processors with an integrated HD 3000 graphics core, up to 16GB of DDR3 1333MHz RAM, as much as 750GB mechanical or 160GB flash storage, and a 12.5-inch matte display with a 1366x768 resolution (to the dismay of folks who prefer 16:10).
The machine has a built-in DVD drive and it's unknown if this can be repurposed for secondary storage. Connectivity includes three USB 2.0 ports (one eSATA combo), DisplayPort and VGA outputs, RJ11/RJ45 jacks, audio jacks, as well as SD/SDHC card and ExpressCard 34 slots. There's also an HD webcam, spill-resistant chiclet keyboard, larger touchpad, improved speakers, and an overall slimmer profile. The 2560p has a slightly heavier starting weight than its predecessor at 3.68lbs versus 3.38lbs.
Meanwhile, the EliteBook 2760p convertible tablet offers the same processor, memory and graphics options as the 2560p, but is limited to a 250GB/320GB hard drive or a 128GB/160GB solid-state drive. It drops the 16:9 panel for three 12.1-inch 1280x800 options: one that supports pen input, another that registers both stylus and multitouch finger input, as well as a brighter outdoor display that reads both stylus and finger touches. Naturally, all are mounted on a hinge that rotates 360 degrees.
The 2760p doesn't have an internal optical drive, but there is an optional secondary six-cell "slate" battery. Interestingly, the 2760p also foregoes USB 3.0 for two USB 2.0 ports, and most of the other I/O matches the above 2560p, except it loses the eSATA combo and gains FireWire. Size-wise, the system is 0.02 inches thicker and 0.2lbs heavier than 2010's EliteBook 2740p, which started at 3.8lbs. Neither spec sheet hints at a price or potential release date, but we expect them to launch sometime soon.