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HP announces the new ProBook 600 Series notebooks

The 600 series offers strong performance in a more affordable price range.

As part of the refresh of its business line, HP announced the new mid-range ProBook 600 Series. While not as impressive as the company's EliteBook 800 Series, the 600s do manage to squeeze some reasonably high-end internals into a frame that HP claims is both thinner and tougher than previous models.

We don't have a full list of features and customization options for the new line yet, but we do know that all of the ProBook 600 notebooks will feature USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 ports, top-mounted speakers, and optional 4G LTE.

The ProBook 640 G1 will have a 14-inch display and a dual-core Intel Haswell Core i3, i5, or i7 processor.

The ProBook 645 G1 keeps the same format but swaps out the Intel processor for a 35 W AMD quad-core or dual-core chip.

The ProBook 650 G1 will have a 15.6-inch HD display and add DTS Sound+.

And finally the ProBook 655 G1 will also have a 15.6-inch display but ups the resolution with an optional Full HD panel. It will also be thinner than the other models and will feature an AMD Radeon HD 8000G series GPU.

The HP ProBook 600 series is expected to be available in the United States from November 18th, with the exception of the ProBook 655 which won't show up until November 25th. Prices start at US$699. Availability in other regions has not yet been announced.

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Craig Munro, 2013-10- 2 (Update: 2013-10- 2)