The mystery of the missing AMD sleekbooks

The mystery of the missing AMD sleekbooks

Summary: Earlier in May I flew to China, Shanghai to be specific, for the launch of a host of new HP ultrabooks and sleekbooks, a term created as a result of Intel's trademark on the word ultrabook.HP's Envy4 sleekbook does not currently offer any options that include an AMD processorThe only difference between an ultrabook and a sleekbook is the processor under the bonnet.

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Earlier in May I flew to China, Shanghai to be specific, for the launch of a host of new HP ultrabooks and sleekbooks, a term created as a result of Intel's trademark on the word ultrabook.

HP's Envy4 sleekbook does not currently offer any options that include an AMD processor

The only difference between an ultrabook and a sleekbook is the processor under the bonnet. Obviously, for ultrabooks there is an Intel Core i-something inside and for sleekbooks, an AMD processor awaits.

At the Shanghai launch, HP showed off the Envy4 and Envy6, promising that both would be available with a choice of Intel or AMD processors.

However, a quick scour of the HP website — in this case the US version as they are not listed on HP's UK site — shows that the only configurations available on the 'sleekbook' Envy4 include Intel processors.

So where are the AMD options promised at the launch?

Well, according to sister site CNET Asia, HP said it has no plans to offer the AMD version in the Asia-Pacific region, and judging from HP's website, you can add the US to that list too.

I've been in contact with HP in the UK to try to get to the bottom of the situation, but at the time of writing the company hadn't managed to shed any light on the issue. More confusingly, the US website doesn't list any sleekbooks that offer the option of an AMD processor at the time of writing.

If I do get a response, I'll be sure to let you know.

Topic: Mobility

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  • Well from Hp previous announcements, the AMD powered sleekbooks will be available on or after 15th June and most of the trinity based laptops/sff pcs should start hitting the shelve after 15th June.

    A boatload of demo can be shown at computex/ afds
    anonymous
  • Given Intel's history of paying manufacturers up to 1-billion dollars per year in exchange for not making AMD-based products, it seems that Intel's new Ultrabook subsidies (which mandate no AMD processors) are just a rehash of Intel's antitrust crimes.

    Even with a Consent Decree issued by the FTC in 2010, Intel is still boldly paying hundreds of million to manufacturers on condition that they don't use AMD parts. Wow.

    The part that baffles me is that Intel's payments seem to be very-intentionally subsidizing Apple's competitors as well as blocking AMD out of high end laptops.

    Did Apple go AMD?
    sunnystate9
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