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HP reveals Sleekbooks as cheaper Ultrabook alternatives
Posted: 24 Sep 2012 03:56
HP has announced new Pavilion Sleekbooks, which the company is pitching as laptops that are cheaper than Ultrabooks but competitive in weight and thickness. The new Pavilion Sleekbooks will come in two models. The Sleekbook 14 has a 14-inch screen and a starting price of US$499.99, and the Sleekbook 15 has a 15.6-inch screen , compact
and a starting price of $559.99.
The laptops will ship in the U.S. on Oct. 26 with Microsoft's Windows 8 OS, which is due to start shipping around the same time. The Sleekbook 14 will have Advanced Micro Devices A-series processors code-named Trinity, while the Sleekbook 15 will have Intel Core processors based on the Ivy Bridge microarchitecture and other
. HP could not talk about worldwide availability for the laptops.
Wentzel couldn't say if the Sleekbooks already on sale have done well so far. Many Ultrabooks have also been shown with detachable touchscreens to function as tablets, and Wentzel couldn't comment on the future of Sleekbooks. However, Advanced Micro Devices has demonstrated a thin and light laptop from Compal with a detachable touchscreen that doubles as a tablet.
HP also announced a new HP Notebook 3125 laptop, which is the successor to the popular Pavilion DM1Z laptop. The 3125 laptop, which looks more like a netbook than a laptop, has an 11.6-inch screen, compact
and AMD's low-power E2 processor, which puts a CPU and graphics cores in a single chip. HP did not disclose the price for the laptop. The DM1Z had AMD's older E1 chips, and the new E2 chips provide a performance and graphics boost.
HP also announced new ProBook 4445s, 4446s and 4546s laptops with 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens. The business laptops, which are priced starting at $499, will have AMD's latest A-series processors and optional Radeon graphics cards. The 4445s and 4446s will be available only in Asia-Pacific, while the 4546s will be available worldwide.
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