updated 05:20 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2012
Both laptops to sport next generation Intel CPUs
Images of HP's new Intel Ivy Bridge-powered Pavilion notebooks have emerged. Notebook Italia has posted previews of the 15.6-inch dv6-7000 and 17.3-inch dv7-7000 computers. HP is expected to begin taking pre-orders for both devices in the US starting this Sunday, with shipment by the end of the month.
Both notebooks offer buyers a choice of either Core i5 dual-core or i7 quad-core processors. In the dv6, the Core i7 will be a quad-core 2.3GHz mobile processor, while in the dv7 should ramp up to 2.6GHz. Each boasts a brushed black aluminum alloy body with silver trim. They sport Beats bsound systems with five speakers, including a subwoofer. For security, they provide a fingerprint scanner with HP's SimplePass app that links the scan to specific sites and programs. Graphics are provided by an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M GPU with 2GB of memory. Up to 8GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 RAM is available.
The smaller dv6-7000 comes with a choice of either 1366x768 or 1920x1080 for a display resolution. Storage is up to 1TB with a traditional hard drive. The dv7-7000 comes only in the higher of the two screen densities. It can accommodate a second drive for a total storage capacity of up to 2TB.
The dv6-7000 should be priced in the US at $749 for the base configuration. The dv7-7000 carries a similar cost. Both portables are not expected to hit the European market until May.