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HP aims to take on MacBook Air with "Envy"

Hewlett Packard showed off several new products today, including its new "Envy" sub-brand which will be competing with Apple's MacBook Air and Dell's Adamo.

Starting at $1699 - nearly $200 more than both the MacBook Air and Adamo - the Envy 13 features a 1.86GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 processor, 3GB of RAM, 512MB ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4330 graphics processor and a 250GB hard drive. The Envy 13, which comes with an external 8X DVD-RW as standard, measures 12.6" x 8.5" x 0.8" and weighs around 3.74 pounds. Its extended-life battery is expected to last up to 18 hours, thanks to onboard technology that throttles the GPU and "downgrades" to the integrated Intel GPU for simpler tasks.

Hewlett Packard has not released much information about the Envy 13's bigger brother, the Envy 15, but according to the company's press release it will include a "future Core i7 processor", support for up to 16GB of RAM, a 1GB ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4830 and support for up to 2 solid state hard drives. With a starting price of $1799, the Envy 15's features sound impressive, although the battery life is much lower compared to the Envy 13 at only 7 hours.

The company also showed off the ProBook 5310m, which it claims to be the "World's thinnest full-performance notebook". With a starting price of $699, the 5310m measures 0.9" at its thickest point, weighs around 3.7 pounds.

Both the Envy 13 and Envy 15 are expected to be available in the United States on October 18th. The ProBook 5310m is already available in Asia with Windows Vista, but it will be available Worldwide with Windows 7 on October 22nd.

Images Credit: PC World

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