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HP Now Offering AMD-powered Sleekbook Ultrathin With Optical Drive for $699

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Back toward the beginning of May, HP revealed a deluge of new Ultrabook products. Despite a rather confusing array of press releases and announcements, we waded through it all and found what many others missed — HP would be offering the Envy 4 and Envy 6 as not just Intel-powered Ultrabooks, but also as AMD-powered ultrathins. After quite a while, HP now has available the AMD Envy 6 Sleekbook for $699; can it compete with low priced Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks, and what about it’s twin, the Envy 6 Ultrabook?

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Analysis – AMD’s 17W Trinity APU and Ultrabooks

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At the AMD financial analysis day a few days ago (FAD) three families of APUs targeting the sub 20W TDP space were announced which means good options and good competition in the mobile computing space and with the low-power ‘Trinity’ application processor unit (APU) an interesting (competitor for Intel + products for us) addition to the thin-and-light market. It’s exciting news and something we’ll be following, and eventually testing, on Ultrabooknews. Here’s my analysis of the facts presented. We’ll be ignoring the AMD C, E and Z series APUS in this article. They are targeted at tablets and low-cost netbook-style devices.

The question here is – What does ‘Trinity’ A-series enable and will it be a true Ultrabook competitor?

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Can AMD enable an Ultrabook?

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amd_roadmap_1I don’t put question marks at the end of an article unless I really don’t know. In this case I really don’t know if AMD can enable an Ultrabook-like device.

There are talks of a 17W TDP Trinity CPU with the same processing power as the 2011 A-Series and that sounds fantastic although I’m yet to see any real figures. The only conclusion I have come to in my research was what I wrote in December –

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First AMD – based ‘Ultrathin’ Could be Available in Jan 2012. Brazos 2.0?

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The popular Lenovo S205. An 11.6” lightweight notebook with AMD Fusion. A thinner,  more powerful version of this with SSD and a $500 price could raise eyebrows!

AMD could be getting ready to show its first Ultrathin as early as January, a report from The Australian says today.

AMD have told the publication that they had held discussions with a number of manufacturers about Ultrathins and one of them was “particularly advanced.”

Interestingly, AMD aren’t giving any specifications out.

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