HP updates dm1 notebook with AMD Fusion and Sandy Bridge

The 11.6-inch netbook refresh will begin availability this month and next month in both AMD and Intel flavors

The HP Pavilion dm1 netbook, first announced earlier this year, is now ready for a makeover as well as an internal upgrade, despite HP's shaky grounds on their PC business side.

The 11.6-inch notebook will now be packed with either an AMD E-450 APU with integrated Radeon HD 6320 or AMD E-300 with integrated Radeon HD 6310, 4GB RAM, and at least a 320GB HDD. A separate model with a Sandy Bridge Core ix CPU will also be made available at a later date.

Meanwhile, the chassis has been updated with a “soft-touch rubber” finishing and is a huge improvement over its predecessor, claims TechCrunch. The hinges will be more flushed with the notebook as well, so the unsightly bulge will be gone. Beats Audio Technology is integrated, too, not unlike the recently reviewed HP 5330m. Overall, the notebook is expected to weigh 3.5 pounds (1.59kg) and come in at just under an inch thick.

For comparison, the older dm1 sports an AMD E-350 APU with integrated Radeon 6310 graphics.

The updated Pavilion dm1 should be available before the end of September for $400, while the Intel variant should be coming a month later for $600 with an external optical drive.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-09- 8 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.