Everything You Need to Know About the New HP Ultrabooks — Positioning, Pricing, and Release Dates

Posted on 14 May 2012, Last updated on 14 May 2012 by

HP Sleekbooks – 14″ and 15.6″

Positioning and Specs

HP’s ‘Sleekbooks’ were certainty the hardest of HP’s announcements to unravel, thanks to some genuinely confusing descriptions.

All accounts point to the Sleekbooks being exactly the same external design as the Envy 4 and Envy 6 Ultrabooks with the only caveat being that they are based on AMD processors instead of Intel. By Intel’s definition, this makes the Sleekbooks not an ‘Ultrabook’, hence HP’s naming scheme. The Sleekbooks will thus be missing many of the features that make a computer an Ultrabook (Smart Response, Rapid  Start, etc.). This will allow HP to push the price down a bit further and offer the Sleekbooks as a step up from netbooks, but not quite an Ultrabook.

Price and Release Date

The 14″ Sleekbook is available as of May 9th, according to HP, but as far as I can tell, it is nowhere to be found on their site. They say that it will start at $699. The 15.6″ Sleekbook should be available on June 20th, starting at $599

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