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IFA 2012: HP Unveils Innovative Multitouch Hybrid PC and Ultrabooks


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HP Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook—a premium touch experience

With Windows 8, the HP TouchSmart experience expands beyond the desktop to deliver multitouch technology to notebooks.

Featuring a 39.6 cm (15.6”) multitouch Radiance Full HD(2) display with IPS technology, the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook delivers strong performance and the ability to go beyond keyboard and mouse with an optimized touch experience.

Measuring 17.9 millimeters thin and weighing 2.16 kg,(1) this premium Ultrabook stands out from the crowd with a sophisticated all-metal design featuring edge-to-edge glass, a soft-touch base for comfort and grip, a glass touchpad and tilted speakers with Beats Audiofor optimal sound.

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is HP’s first notebook with Intel® ThunderboltTM technology(4) for blazing-fast transfer of music, movies and data to external devices. HP USB Boost technology charges devices via USB ports while the Ultrabook is on or off.

The Ultrabook delivers great performance with the latest Intel® CoreTM processors, an mSATA solid-state drive with Intel Rapid Start,(5) Intel Identity Protection Technology,(6) Intel Anti-Theft Technology, Intel Smart Response(7) and Intel Smart Connect(8) technologies, and a full array of ports, including Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and HDMI.

The notebook also features exclusive HP innovations, including HP CoolSense for a noticeably cooler PC; an HP Imagepad for precise multifinger and gesture navigation; an HP TrueVision HD Webcam; and applications such as HP Connected Photo(3).

The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook offers a clean software image with fully loaded versions of entertainment and security software and a concierge phone line for technical support dedicated exclusively for HP Spectre customers.

For entertainment, full versions of Adobe Photoshop® Elements 10 and Adobe® Premiere Elements 10 bring powerful photo- and video-editing capabilities.
To safeguard confidential data and thwart cyberthreats, the notebook is preloaded with one year of Absolute Data Protect, two years of Norton Internet Security(9), and Intel Anti-Theft for remote data protection.(10)

The Ultrabook also includes 90 days of complimentary HP SmartFriend Setup Service(11), which offers expedited, one-on-one assistance to help customers get their new PCs up and running fast. HP SmartFriend Complete Service gives customers answers to how-to questions for setting up Wi-Fi, removing a virus, using new software or backing up files.

HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4—the power of touch

Featuring an eye-catching metal design, the HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 offers a 35.5 cm (14”) multitouch HD(2) display, measures 23mm thin and weighs 2.16 kg. (1)

A backlit keyboard, up to 8 hours of battery life(12), and a booming subwoofer with Beats Audio allow customers to power through their day.

The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 delivers powerful performance with the latest Intel processors, solid-state drive options, and the same Intel technologies available on the HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook. HP innovations such as HP CoolSense, HP Imagepad, HP ProtectSmart, HP TrueVision HD Webcam and HP Connected Photo(3) also are included.

Pricing and availability

· The HP ENVY x2 will be available from late October at £799

· The HP SpectreXT TouchSmart Ultrabook is expected to be available from late November with a starting price of £1,199

· The HP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 is expected to be available from late November, priced at £899

Here is a shot of the ENVY x2:


And here are the product shots of the other announced products:

Envy Touch SmartHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_left facingHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_left portsHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_rear right facingHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_rearHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_right portsHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_touchpad detailHP ENVY TouchSmart Ultrabook 4_Win8 screen

Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy
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