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HP announces budget Windows 8 laptops for the UK

Unveils the Envy m4 and Pavillion Sleekbook 14
Thu Sep 20 2012, 11:16
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HARDWARE VENDOR HP added three Windows 8 systems to its line of budget friendly laptops today.

HP unveiled the ultraportable Envy m4 as well as the super thin and light Pavillion Sleekbook 14 and 15, powered by the latest generation of Intel Core processors.

The Envy m4 has a 14in 1366x768 display in a sleek brushed aluminium chassis. It will be offered with Intel Core i3 and i5 processors, up to 8GB of RAM and either a solid state disk (SSD) drive or up to 1TB of hard disk drive (HDD) storage. Continuing HP's Beats Audio partnership, the Envy m4 will also come with a set of speakers and a subwoofer.

HP is calling its new and more affordable Pavillion models "Sleekbooks" due to their thin and light but not quite ultrabook standard design.

As you'd expect, the Sleekbook 14 comes with a 14in HD display while the Sleekbook 15 boasts with 15.6-inch HD display.

The Sleekbook 14 uses an AMD APU, that is, CPU and GPU chip, while the Sleekbook 15 has a slightly faster Intel processor. Both offer the option of discrete graphics cards and have storage options that are similar to those of the Envy, but unlike that model they come in a choice of red or black.

HP said the Envy m4 will start from $899, while the Sleekbook 14 will cost $499 and the Sleekbook 15 $559 when they launch in the US with Windows 8 on October 26. However, speaking to The INQUIRER a HP spokesperson said today that all three laptop models will be coming to the UK at some point, though we are still waiting to find out release dates and pricing. µ


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