At its Global Infuser Summit in Shanghai, HP made multiple product announcements. None were more indicative of the company's future direction than its Ultrabook announcements. The company announced five consumer Ultrabooks, all under $1,000, with the least expensive beginning at $599. The Ultrabooks will be released under the company's premium notebook sub-brand, Envy.
The flagship of the bunch, the Envy Spectre XT (pictured above), will cost $999 and comes in at only .97 inches thick, weighing 3.07 pounds. The entry-level configuration gives consumers a 13.3" screen (featuring a 1366 x 768 resolution), 128GB SSD drive, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM and an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU of a currently unknown speed. While the Envy Spectre XT shares its nomenclature with the Envy 14 Spectre, released earlier this year, it sports a complete redesign of its predecessor.
In addition to the Spectre XT, HP will release the appropriately-named Envy Ultrabook and Envy Sleekbook. Both the Envy Ultrabook and Sleekbook will come in 14" and 15.6" variants. The Sleekbook will be the less-expensive of the two laptops, starting at $599 for the 14" version; the Envy Ultrabook will begin at $749 for its 14" version. All the Envy laptops will include USB 3.0 and HDMI ports. Additional information and full specifications can be seen at Engadget.
HP also announced a new business-class Ultrabook, the EliteBook Folio. The EliteBook Folio will come in two versions, the EliteBook 2170p and EliteBook 2570p, which will start at $999 and $1099, respectively. The former offers consumers an 11.6" screen, while the latter provides a 12.5" screen.
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