HP Envy 14 with 3200 x 1800 resolution display launching this June
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HP continues its barrage of new announcements this month with the reveal of the high-end touch-enabled Envy 14. Like the Tegra-4 powered SlateBook X2 announcement the week prior, the new Envy is another HP first with the option to include a stunning 3200 x 1800 pixel resolution display. For a 14-inch screen, this equates to almost 262 dots per inch for presumably much crisper images and screen real estate. The notebook will compete with other high-resolution offerings such as Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display and the recently released Toshiba Kirabook.
From our short time with the display model, everything from the palm rests to the lid feels solid, though the high-resolution option was not yet available to see. The chassis has had a significant redesign from the previous generation of Envy models, such as the 2012 Envy 15, including a more tapered front edge with less emphasis on the orange lining that surrounded the Chiclet keyboard. The rounded edges and corners are definitely less boxy, but the rubberized underside and even the subwoofer remain a staple.
Though HP also unveiled new 15.6-inch Envy 15 and 17.3-inch Envy 17 models, the ultra high-resolution option will only be available for the 14-inch model. The larger models are largely identical with Haswell CPU options as well, save for additional discrete Nvidia graphics options and dual 2.5-inch SATA bays for the 17-incher. This gamer-centric model will double the audio hardware by including four speakers and two subwoofers driven by the manufacturer's trademarked Beats Audio software.
Both the Envy 15 and Envy 17 will launch June 5 starting for $529 and $699, respectively. The ultra high-resolution Envy 14 will ship a few weeks later on June 26 for a yet to be announced starting price. Prices and availability outside of North America are unknown as of this writing. As usual, expect our full reviews to come closer to launch.