HP Unveils New Pavilion, G Series Laptops

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Hewlett-Packard has announced the refreshed and redesigned HP Pavilion and G series consumer laptops.

The new 15.6-inch Pavilion dv6t and 17.3-inch dv7t feature 2nd Generation Intel Core processors, optional AMD Radeon 6000M series graphics, up to 1TB and 2TB of storage, respectively, a “dark umber” metal finish, quad speakers, Beats Audio, HP CoolSense cooling technology, optional Blu-ray, and USB 3.0.

The 14″ HP Pavilion g4, 15.6″ g6 and 17.3″ g7 belong to the budget notebook offerings, and include Intel Pentium and Core i3 CPUs, as well as various color choices.

The HP Pavilion dv6t and dv7t are expected to be available in the spring in the US. There’s no word on pricing for the two models. The g4, g6, and g7 will be available in the US on March 13th for $499.99, $449.99 and $599.99, respectively.

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HP TouchPad Tablet Officially Released

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Hewlett-Packard has officially released the HP TouchPad tablet, featuring webOS operating system and a 9.7-inch multitouch display.

The HP TouchPad will be available this summer.

Here’s the press release:

“HP today enlarged the HP webOS world with the first webOS slate ­– the HP TouchPad – the breakthrough webOS user interface fully realized in the tablet experience.

With its vibrant 9.7-inch diagonal flush capacitive multitouch display, virtual keyboard, instant-on access, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta in the browser and access to thousands of webOS applications, TouchPad works the way you do and is designed not just for fun but for mobile productivity. It’s ideal for anyone who wants the benefits of the amazing webOS platform on a much bigger scale.

TouchPad is one of the products HP announced today to introduce a unique experience for customers around connected mobility, offering a unified experience for the first time across a variety of devices. It’s one of the building blocks in HP’s vision to seamlessly connect all your worlds through the power of HP webOS.

“Today we’re embarking on a new era of webOS with the goal of linking a wide family of HP products through the best mobile experience available,” said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. “The flexibility of the webOS platform makes it ideal for creating a range of innovative devices that work together to keep you better connected to your world.”

Designed to be used alone or as a digital companion to your webOS phone, TouchPad connects you and your devices through the elegant webOS experience. Never miss an important call or SMS message – they can be answered and viewed right on your TouchPad. Plus, HP’s exclusive new touch-to-share feature will let you simply touch an enabled webOS phone to your TouchPad to share web URLs.

With the HP Synergy feature, you simply have to sign in to your Facebook, Google, Microsoft Exchange, LinkedIn and Yahoo! accounts and your contacts, calendar and email automatically populate your TouchPad.

TouchPad works the way you do

The TouchPad user interface is a visual representation of your workspace, so you can manage your workflow in a naturally intuitive way that’s easy and fun. The power of webOS true multitasking lets you have multiple applications running at the same time. webOS shows you your activities in the form of cards, not a sea of application icons on numerous home screens.

This helps you do all the things you want to do, all at once, so you can listen to music, refresh your status on Facebook, read email and chat on IM at the same time. As you launch new activities, webOS will automatically group related cards – for example, an email and an associated web page – together in a card stack, so you can easily track all related items together.

TouchPad also features a webOS communication suite powered by HP Synergy that keeps you connected and creative, making all of your communications simpler, richer and in your control. It’s a complete solution, including email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar, videos and a front-facing camera for video calling. Connected photo albums make it easy to share and view your pictures directly from popular services such as Facebook, Snapfish and Photobucket. It works seamlessly with TouchPad’s user interface for a natural and efficient experience.

Around the house or on the go

TouchPad offers a great internet experience around the house or on the go, so you can manage your busy life, be productive wherever you are and stay connected with work, friends, family and social networks. It keeps you connected anywhere there’s Wi-Fi for easy access to the web and entertainment.

At home, whether you’re watching TV, relaxing on the sofa, at the kitchen table or in bed, you can check in with friends, surf the web, play games or read a book, magazine or newspaper. Amazon.com today announced that it will launch a free Kindle app for HP webOS tailored for TouchPad that will give you access to more than 810,000 titles from Amazon’s Kindle Store. You also can subscribe to popular magazine titles, such as Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and People, and download movies and TV shows through the HP Movie Store. The TouchPad music app lets you transfer and play all your favorites from your personal music collection, with amazing sound quality by Beats Audio. You can start an email, create a message, refresh your status, search your favorite websites – all before you’ve even opened an application. Whenever you want to do something on your TouchPad, Just Type.

Buy and sell on Amazon.com, do your banking, buy movie tickets from Fandango or check the news. Whether your thing is Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, IM, video calling or email, TouchPad brings it all together with thousands of available webOS applications and the convenience and power of HP Synergy for integrated contacts and calendar to keep your busy life on track.

It’s great for road trips, on a plane, while commuting, in public places, while visiting friends and on vacation. It’s easy to pack, has a long-lasting battery and integrated GPS (3G only), and posting vacation photos is a snap.

Mobile productivity

When productivity is key, TouchPad makes an excellent companion. You can read and write email, view your work and personal inboxes together, or easily toggle between them. Integrated messaging conveniently combines all your text messages, picture messages and IM conversations with one person into a single view, and you can connect through SMS, Google Talk, AIM and Yahoo! Messenger.

TouchPad’s virtual full QWERTY keyboard includes a number row, which reduces keyboard switching, making typing easy and fast. It powers on instantly and brings you back to exactly where you left off, whether you were in the middle of composing an email, playing a game or browsing a web page. With webOS true multitasking, it’s like you never left.

For maximum productivity, HP is working with Quickoffice to include the Quickoffice Connect Mobile Suite, which lets you view and edit documents, such as Microsoft Word and Excel. It also comes with VPN support to connect to corporate networks.

With its 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam, TouchPad offers video calling capability. It’s also compatible with HP’s industry-leading printing solutions, so you can wirelessly print documents, photos and emails to compatible wireless and networked HP printers.

TouchPad has built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging, so it’s compatible out of the box with the HP Touchstone for TouchPad (sold separately), and you can charge in either portrait or landscape mode, even without removing the TouchPad case (sold separately). The webOS Exhibition feature lets you run applications designed specifically for Touchstone. Set your TouchPad on Touchstone and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today’s agenda to a slideshow of your photos.

TouchPad is one of three webOS products announced today (see separate announcements for HP Veer and HP Pre3). Each product plays a distinct role in the growing webOS family, designed to meet the varying needs of customers in a rapidly evolving mobile landscape.

Availability

HP TouchPad is scheduled to be available in the summer. Exact pricing and availability will be announced at a later date.

HP TouchPad features and specs

* HP webOS
* High-speed connectivity
* Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2-GHz processor
* 9.7-inch diagonal XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant, 18-bit color, 1,024 x 768 resolution display
* The option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage
* High-performance browser with full access to the web, including support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1 beta for access to rich, Flash-based web content
* Wireless connectivity:
o Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n with WPA, WPA2, WEP, 802.1X authentication
o A-GPS (3G only)
o Bluetooth wireless technology 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
* Multimedia options, including music, photos, video recording and playback, and a 3.5 mm headset/headphone/microphone jack
o Internal stereo speakers and Beats Audio
o Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling
* Email, including EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers) and personal email support (Google Gmail push, Yahoo!, POP3, IMAP)
* Robust messaging support
* Light sensor, accelerometer, compass (magnetometer) and gyroscope
* Rechargeable 6,300 mAh (typical) battery
* Micro-USB (Charging and PC Connect) with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
* Built-in HP Touchstone technology for easy charging (HP Touchstone for TouchPad sold separately) and HP touch-to-share to share web addresses between TouchPad and compatible webOS phones
* Dimensions: 190 mm x 242 mm x 13.7 mm (7.48 inches x 9.53 inches x .54 inches)
* Weight: approximately 740 g (1.6 pounds)

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HP Slate 500 Tablet PC Offically Launched

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Hewlett-Packard today officially released the HP Slate 500 tablet PC, featuring a 8.9″ multi-touch display, Windows 7 OS, and an Intel Atom processor.

Aimed at business users and professionals, the HP Slate 500 includes the Atom Z540 chip at 1.86GHz and US15W chipset, both designed for use in Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). It has 2GB of RAM, 64GB of Flash storage, GMA 500 integrated graphics and Broadcom’s acclerator for high-def video decoding.

The multitouch display additionally supports input via an included pen, and has LED backlight and a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels or 1024 x 768 “for some applications,” according to Slate’s datasheet.

There are also a front VGA camera and a 3MP cam on the back of the unit, stereo speakers, microphone, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a single USB port, an SD/SDHC/SDXC media card reader, and a docking connector for the included HP Slate Dock with two USBs and an HDMI port.

With its 2-cell 30WHr battery, the Slate weighs 1.5lbs.

The pre-loaded Windows 7 edition is Professional.

Both business users and consumers can purchase the HP Slate 500 (XT962UA) for $799 via the company’s website.

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Walmart Now Sells HP Garden Dreams Pavilion dv5-2129wm 14.5″ Laptop

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Walmart has announced it is now selling the HP Garden Dreams Pavilion dv5-2129wm Special Edition 14.5″ laptop, featuring a spring look with a floral exterior design done in watercolor touches.

Sold as Walmart’s execlusive, the Garden Dreams Pavilion dv5-2129wm is based on the AMD Turion II P540 processor and comes with ATI Radeon HD 4250 integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

The stylish notebook also has a web cam, 802.11n Wi-Fi, three USB ports, an HDMI output, and a 5-in-1 media card reader.

The dv5-2129wm is priced at $598 (Walmart).

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Slate 500 Tablet Surfaces on HP Website

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Hewlett-Packard is going to release the HP Slate 500 Windows 7-based tablet device, according to leaked info on the company’s website.

The Slate 500 (XB830PA – HP Slate 500-1002tu PC) has a 8.9-inch touchscreen display with pen input support and runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS. There are also two (video and still) cameras.

Previous reports say the HP Slate will feature the Intel Atom Z530 processor, 32GB or 64GB of storage space, and support for 1080p video playback.

It will reportedly cost around $550.

HP is also expected to unveil a similar tablet with WebOS operating system, made by recently acquired Palm.

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HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX – Another Sub-$300 15.6″ Laptop

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Best Buy now offers the HP Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX 15.6″ laptop, priced at only $299.99.

One of the cheapest 15.6-inchers in the US market features an Intel Celeron 2.2GHz processor, GMA 4500M integrated graphics, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB HDD, a DVD burner, a 6-cell battery with life of “up to 3 hours and 45 minutes”, and Windows 7 Home Premium OS.

The display of the Compaq Presario CQ60-615DX has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.

The affordable 6.6-pound laptop also sports 802.11n wireless, Ethernet LAN, a 56k modem, Altec Lansing speakers, and three USB ports.

Another sub-$300 15.6″ laptop offering this back-to-school season is the AMD-based Acer Aspire AS5251-1513, sold by Walmart for $298.

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HP Mini 5103 Business Netbook Now Available

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Hewlett-Packard has released the HP Mini 5103 business netbook with optional touchscreen and the latest Intel Atom processors.

The HP Mini 5103 features a 10.1-inch 1024×600 or 1366×768 LED-backlit display with optional capacitive multitouch tehnology, the Atom N475 1.83GHz or N455 1.66GHz processor with the GMA 3150 integrated graphics, 2GB of DDR3 memory, up to 320GB of hard disk space or up to 128GB solid state drive storage, a 4- or 6-cell battery, optional Broadcom Crystal HD Enhanced Video Accelerator for 720p and 1080p HD video playback, and Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Starter or SUSE Linux Enterprise 11 OS.

HP’s new mini-laptop also includes a 2MP web camera, stereo speakers, stereo microphones, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet LAN, Bluetooth, HP Mobile Broadband powered by Gobi with GPS, three USB ports, a Secure Digital slot, VGA output, a spill-resistant keyboard, and an optional detachable handle.

The 2.64-pound non-touchscreen and the 2.86-pound touchscreen 5103 netbooks have metal cases with magnesium alloy support structure and metal alloy hinges and are available in three colors: espresso, red, and blue.

In the US, the HP Mini 5103 can be purchased via HP’s online store for a base price of $399.

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HP Mini 210 Now with Dual-Core Atom

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Hewlett-Packard has released the refreshed HP Mini 210 netbook, which now offers a dual-core Intel Atom option, DDR3 memory instead of DDR2, a redesigned chassis to accommodate a higher-capacity battery, and new color options.

Default battery in the updated Mini 210 is an “inline” 6-cell unit now, replacing the standard 3-cell pack.

HP has also announced availability of the dual-core Atom-powered HP 5103 business netbook.

When configured with the dual-core CPU, the Mini 210 starts at $394.99. The single-core 5103 starts at $399, while the price for the dual-core version is currently unknown.

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HP Envy 17 3D Laptop Announced

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Hewlett-Packard announced today the HP Envy 17 3D, “the first 17-inch notebook PC to support 1080p 3D and Blu-ray”.

Besides the 3D-capable full HD Ultra BrightView display, 3D active shutter glasses, and a Blu-ray optical drive, the Envy 17 3D includes Beats Audio with a Triple Bass Reflex subwoofer, Intel’s Core i7 processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 dedicated graphics, ATI Eyefinity Technology for multiple external display support, and up to 2TB of storage capacity.

The HP ENVY 17 3D is expected to be available this holiday season. There’s no word on pricing.

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HP Compaq Presario CQ62z – New Affordable Laptop

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HP has launched the Compaq Presario CQ62z affordable 15.6-inch notebook, starting at $381.

The Compaq Presario CQ62z processor choices include the dual-core AMD V120 at 2.2GHz, AMD Athlon II N330 at 2.3GHz, Turion II P520 at 2.3GHz, or Phenom II N620 at 2.8GHz, and triple-core Phenom II N830 at 2.1GHz. The laptop features the ATI Radeon HD 4250 integrated or Radeon HD545v 512MB dedicated graphics, up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, up to 500GB of hard disk space, and a DVD writer or Blu-ray combo drive.

Its LED-backlit display has a resolution of 1366×768 pixels.

The Compaq Presario CQ62z also includes an optional web camera, microphone, built-in Altec Lansing stereo speakers, 802.11n WiFi, optional Bluetooth, Ethernet LAN, optional modem, three USB ports, and VGA output, as well as an HDMI port and a 5-in-1 media card reader in select configurations.

The 4.85-pound laptop comes with a 6-cell battery and has a matte-black exterior finish.

The CQ62z runs Windows 7 Home Premium OS and can be purchased now via HP’s online store.

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