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HP intros the Envy Spectre XT and EliteBook Folio Ultrabooks; adds four new laptops to its EliteBook Series

The company’s latest portable PCs will all come with Ivy Bridge CPUs

Today, HP announced a plethora of new products including laptops, netbooks and Ultrabooks (some of them actually called “Sleekbooks” as they can be purchased with an Intel or an AMD CPU). The PC manufacturer is about to launch the Envy Spectre XT and the EliteBook Folio Ultrabooks accompanied by four other EliteBook devices: the 2170p, 2570p, 8470p and 8570p.

First in line is the Envy Spectre XT, which runs a 64-bit Windows Home Premium operating system and is driven by a choice of third generation Intel chips. In addition, the Ultrabook sports a 13.3-inch widescreen panel with an HD native resolution (1366-by-768 pixels) and features 4GB of on-board 1600MHz DDR3 memory, up to a 256GB SSD, a backlit keyboard and a battery pack that has an autonomy period of up to eight hours on a single charge. Users can further take advantage of the built-in Intel WiDi technology, accompanied by Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth radios. This model has a thickness of less than 0.7-inch, weighs 3.07lbs and will reportedly become available on June 8; price starts at $1,000.

The HP EliteBook Folio is the company’s first business Ultrabook. Apart from the enterprise security features that one would expect to find on a device of this class, the thin-and-light notebook packs a 14-inch display (of the same resolution as the Spectre XT), an Ivy Bridge central processing unit, three USB 3.0 ports and a smart card reader slot. According to HP, the Folio is a little bit heavier than the Envy Ultrabook at 3.6lbs and a bit thicker at 0.75-inch. The laptop will go on sale in October of this year, carrying a $1,149 price-tag.

Hewlett-Packard has also announced the EliteBook 2170p netbook. This is the company’s first 11-inch mini-notebook aimed at business professionals on-the-move. Supposedly, it offers a weight of 2.9lbs, a low-voltage Ivy Bridge processor and up to nine hours of battery life. Next in line is the EliteBook 2570p, which the successor to the 2560p subnotebook. The 2570p delivers a bigger 12.5-inch HD panel and LTE connectivity. Both the 2170p and the 2570p will hit the stores on June 22, priced at $999 and $1,099, respectively.

And last but not least, the maker introduced the 14-inch 8470p and 15.6-inch 8570p EliteBook laptops that are compliant with the MIL-STD 810G military standard for toughness. Both portable PCs come with extended battery option (up to whopping 36 hours of runtime on a single charge), Dual- or Quad-Core Ivy Bridge CPUs, SRS Premium Sound PRO and integrated or dedicated graphics (AMD Radeon HD 7570M GPU; 1GB VRAM). The 8470p and 8570p will be available on June 4 for $899.

HP EliteBook Folio
HP EliteBook 2170p


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-05- 9 (Update: 2012-05-26)