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HP Sleekbook is a poor mens' Ultrabook

HP looks to capture the market with new low budget and stylish Sleekbooks.

Hewlett-Packard is ready to launch a low price and light brand of laptops called Envy Sleekbooks. This Sleekbooks are built with the latest chips from Advanced Micro Devices and Intel.

HP also recently announced new Envy Ultrabooks which comes up with Intel’s processor and is built with the latest third generation Core chips. It is said that though this Ultrabooks have a good design but they are overly priced that can be over $800. Looking at this AMD decide to design Ultrabooks that are much cheaper being around $500.

Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research said that the low pricing of the Sleekbooks may be one of the ideas to attract customers. He also said that the price range of the AMD Sleekbooks is just the continuation of their previous editions.

HP’s Ultrabooks are much thinner and lighter than Sleekbooks even though both are extremely thin and light weighted. Ultrabooks have few more advantages over Sleekbooks like it boot more quickly, have anti-theft features and can also resume from standby more quickly.

Sleekbooks have a battery life that is comparable to the Ultrabooks, which is in between 8-9 hours. It will come in sizes of 15.6-inch and 14-inch screen with price ranging from $599.99 and $699.99. The Envy Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks are 19.8 millimeters thick and weighs up to 1.8 kilograms (3.968 pounds).

HP is also coming up with new Envy Spectre XT which is a 13.3-inch Ultrabook, 14.5mm thick and weighs only 1.4 kilos (3.09 pounds). It has 128GB of storage and Intel’s third-generation core processors. It will be available in the market on June 3 and its price starting from $999.

HP is also set to launch the EliteBook Folio 9470M Ultrabook and they will be priced at $1,1490. It has a 14-inch screen and battery life of nine hours.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-05-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)