HP has introduced a new range of laptops that will fall short of Intel's stringent Ultrabook requirements and that will be called Envy Sleekbook instead. Two models, a 14-inch and a 15.6-inch model are roughly equivalent to the Envy ultrabooks. The only noticeable difference is the lack of SSD on the Sleekbook, an omission that allows HP to sell the 14in Sleekbook for $50 cheaper than its Ultrabook equivalent.
The smaller model will cost $700 while the bigger one will go on sale at $600. UK prices as well as availability have yet to be published. Both laptops are powered by Windows 7 Home Premium, have 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution, Wi-Fi, GbE, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi, HDMI, SD Reader, up to nine hours battery life, Beats Audio with dual speakers and a subwoofer, HP CoolSense technology, TrueVision HD Webcam & Protect Smart.
HP has also confirmed that the Sleekbooks will come with AMD's latest Accelerated Processing Units (APU) which leaves us to believe that the laptops will come with AMD's latest Trinity products when they ship. Both models will also carry discrete graphics module from AMD rather than Nvidia.