HP launches Envy-branded ultrabook and sleekbook offensive

HP has gone full throttle on ultrabooks, expanding its line-up with a number of new Envy-branded models targeted at both consumers and enterprise users.

HP's James Mouton (left) unveiling the Envy Spectre XT with Project Runway winner Anya Ayoung-Chee (centre).
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These ultrathin laptops come with 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens, and some even come with options for discrete graphics.

Starting with the high-end Envy Spectre XT, which boasts an all-metal chassis and weighs just 1.39kg, this 13.3-inch model is powered by Intel's third-generation Core processor (Ivy Bridge) and comes with an optional 256GB SSD.

Despite its slim 14.5mm thin body, HP manages to fit the Spectre XT with a full-sized gigabit Ethernet port, along with HDMI and USB 3.0. It also comes standard with a backlit keyboard. It's expected to be available in Asia-Pacific from mid-June at an estimated starting price of US$1000.

The new HP Envy ultrabook.
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The rest of HP's new Envy ultrabooks are not as slim — they start from 1.75kg, with a thickness of 19.8mm. These 14- and 15.6-inch models feature a soft-touch base that claims to provide better grip. They are powered by the latest Intel Core processors, have optional discrete graphics and can be equipped with either an SSD or hybrid HDDs. Battery life is rated at eight hours for the 14 incher, and nine hours for the 15.6-inch version.

Sleekbook, ultrabook, it's all thin to us.
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Then, there are the new HP Envy Sleekbooks, which appear similar to the ultrabooks, and come with 14-inch or 15.6-inch screens. The main difference appears to be the option for having AMD processors inside, ruling out the use of the ultrabook term owned by Intel.

Similar to other HP Envy laptops, Beats Audio technology and HP Imagepad will be bundled in, the latter promising "precise multi-finger touch and gesture navigation". There's also an option for a backlit keyboard.

The business side

The Envy Spectre XT and ultrabooks are also available for business users — you can tell them apart by the "Pro" suffix at the end of their model names — with additional enterprise customisations, such as Windows 7 Professional and a TPM security chip.

The HP EliteBook Folio 9470m is an Ultrabook that favours enterprise features over everything else.
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Then there's the HP EliteBook Folio 9470m, created specifically for enterprise. This lightweight, 14-inch laptop weighs 1.63kg and offers a full complement of ports and connectors, such as VGA, DisplayPort and full-sized Ethernet. At 19mm, it's even a hair thinner than the Envy Ultrabooks.

More importantly, it supports a user-replaceable battery, and can be connected to a dock for extra ports and multi-display options. Other enterprise-friendly features include Intel's Ivy Bridge vPro Core processor, a fingerprint reader, TPM chip and security software to protect the laptop against virus attacks and other malware.

Unlike the other models, which are expected soon, the EliteBook Folio 9470m won't be available until October, and there's no word on pricing, either.

Via CNET Asia



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AndrewD5 posted a comment   
Australia

Spectre XT Pro just arrived and first impressions (after three days) is very positive. Build is solid and screen is very useable. Track pad was a concern for me but can report that it is excellent. Highly recommended.

 

AndrewD5 posted a comment   
Australia

In June I have somehow managed to order an Envy Spectre XT through the Aussie HP online store. I noticed they quickly pulled it from the website. Delivery stated as 25th July, but US website stating new order deliveries 8th August.
I hope they can stay true to their word!




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