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CES 2012: HP Envy 14 Spectre is a $1,400 Ultrabook built from glass
Amid a sea of lower-priced Ultrabooks that Intel hopes will turn the laptop platform into a mainstream success floats HP's new Envy 14 Spectre, which is certainly not a run-of-the-mill anything. Its most notable feature is a glass-based chassis, -- yes, glass -- that is scratch-resistant and lightweight enough to still weigh under 4 pounds.
Did crappy hardware doom the HP TouchPad?
An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products. According to The Next Web, members of the webOS team have claimed that the hardware HP chose to build the TouchPad around was slow and old -- based on an existing slate design HP had lying around that webOS was simply built into.
Who should buy HP's PC division? Samsung? Lenovo?
At the same time it was ditching its webOS-based hardware, HP announced that it was looking to "spin off" its Personal Systems Group, which includes its PC division. While that's not always code for "selling," it's clear that the tech giant had tired of the low-margin business, and that it may be looking for a suitor to pick up HP's computing assets.
Will HP beat Asus in being first to launch Intel-backed Ultrabooks?
Last week, I posted about Intel throwing money toward laptop vendors in the hopes they would produce new designs based around the company's Ultrabook platform. While it was generally assumed that Asus would release the first Ultrabook in the form of UX21 sometime in September, DigiTimes is now reporting that HP may leap ahead of Asus.
First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal
I'm still skeptical about HP being able to create a runaway success with tablets based on Palm's webOS, but if the photos leaked to Engadget from "a trusted tipster" are accurate, it's definitely designed a sexy slate -- or, apparently, pair of slates.That's because HP has a 9-inch tablet (code-named Topaz) and a 7-inch model (Opal) in the works, according to the roll-out details also passed along.
CES 2011: HP Envy 17 gaming laptop gets Sandy Bridge CPUs, AMD's new Mobility Radeon 6850M graphics
HP's Envy 13 notebook might not have been a runaway success, but its bigger brother has just been refreshed in time for CES. The Envy 17 gaming laptop now will feature the latest Intel processors and AMD mobile graphics, along with an HP feature that's new to this model.