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HP Introduces 5 New Ultrabooks – Taking on Apple

Source: HP Envy Spectre XT

Hewlett-Packard expanded its ever slimming laptop line by introducing five new devices last Wednesday. The company said that the three new ultrabooks are thinner and lighter than their predecessors. In addition, they unveiled a pair of “sleekbooks,” their identifier for thin and light laptops that don’t quite meet Intel’s ultrabook criteria.

Meet the High-end HP Envy Spectre XT

HP added a new member to its ultrabooks family, the 13.3-inch Envy Spectre XT. It is apparently the follow-up to the glass-bodied Envy 14 Spectre. Instead of glass, the company opted for an all-metal body for this device. It’s also lighter at 3.07 pounds, although it maintains the same 14.5 millimeter thickness.

It features Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge processor, 128 GB of solid-state drive storage and 4 GB of memory. Other than that, it has up to eight hours of battery life, 1366 x 769 pixel display, Beats Audio speakers, backlit keyboard, HP CoolSense Technology, as well as a number of preloaded software like Adobe Photoshop, Premier Elements 10 and Norton antivirus. The 13.3-inch HP Envy Spectre XT will be available and will cost June 8 for $1000.

Introducing the HP Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks

Other than the Envy Spectre XT, HP also introduced two new Envy ultrabooks in 14 and 15.6-inch models yesterday. Tagged at $750 and $800 respectively, both laptops can be configured with either Intel’s Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge processor.

On the other hand, the company also launched two new sleekbooks of the same size. They sport the same features as the ultrabooks, although conspicuously less. The 14-inch unit is already available for $700, while the 15.6-inch model will hit the stores on June 20 and will cost $600.

According to HP, the difference between ultrabooks and sleekbooks is that the 15.6-inch  sleekbook model comes with an AMD processor instead of Intel chip. In addition, the ultrabook carries various Intel technologies such as Rapid Start, Identity Protection Technology, Smart Response and Smart Connect Technologies.

All four laptops will feature Beats Audio with dual speakers and built-in subwoofer. They will also have two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port and an Ethernet port. The smaller models will have up to eight hours of battery life, and an additional hour for the larger units. Although HP didn’t provide specific thickness and weight measurements, the company revealed that the devices start at 4 pounds and are as thin as 19.8 millimeters.

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