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COMPUTER MAKER HP announced a raft of PCs and laptops today, including a fanless 2-in-1 detachable Haswell powered ultrabook and a notebook with a leap motion controller built in.
Aimed at consumers with a Christmas gift in mind, the firm's offerings include "four world-first introductions", according to HP, including the detachable Spectre 13 ultrabook, the Windows 8 Control Zone trackpad, the Envy 17 Leap Motion notebook and the firm's Haswell powered Chromebook, that HP showed off at IDF last week.
HP hasn't provided any detailed specifications for the devices yet, but so far we know that the Spectre 13 will be powered by Intel's fourth generation Haswell chip, so it should deliver better battery life and performance compared to HP's previous range. It also has a 13in HD 1080p screen and features Beats audio integration, measuring 13.4mm thick and weighing 1.47kg.
HP's generic marketing introduction for the Spectre 13 ultrabook said, "With durable, magnetically-assisted hinges, dual batteries, both in the base and tablet, powerful processors and colourful exterior choices, these new detachable devices deliver a breakthrough computing experience."
HP said its Spectre 13 ultrabook boasts up to nine hours of battery life and is expected to be available in the UK from November 2013, priced from £1,099.
The Envy 17 Leap Motion Special Edition (SE) notebook is, according to HP, "the world's first notebook with integrated Leap Motion technology".
With a 17.3in full HD display, the Envy 17 notebook is powered by an Intel Haswell processor and has an Nvidia GPU.
"HP is shaping the way people engage with technology with this innovative PC that senses natural hand and finger movements in the air for easy navigation and control offering pinpoint accuracy to make games, modelling and presentations come to life," the firm explained.
The Envy 17 Leap Motion SE notebook is expected to be available in the UK from November, starting at £999
HP also announced the Pavillion 11 today, a notebook-tablet hybrid, which features Beats audio, dual full HD webcams and an 11.6in display. Available in Sparkling Black, the Pavilion 11 is expected to be available in the UK from November, priced from £499. µ
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