Earlier this week Hewlett Packard announced the Sleekbook, which is everything an Ultrabook is save for the inclusion of a Trinity APU from AMD instead of an Intel chip. As the inclusion of the Trinity APU allows for some cost savings, HP’s ENVY Sleekbooks come in at a lower pricepoint than their Ultrabook peers: $600 and $700 for the 15.6-inch and 14-inch models, respectively.
HP says these models will get between 8 to 9 hours of battery life, which is on par or slightly above current Ultrabook offerings.
According to published stats, these ENVY Sleekbooks are approximately the same dimensions as an average Ultrabook: both the 15.6 and 14-inch models are 19.8mm thick; the 15.6-inch model weighs 1.81 kg while the 14-inch comes in at 1.7kg.
Both models will have a screen resolution of 1366×768, and an HD webcam. The Sleekbooks will also include two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and a gigabit Ethernet port.
HP says the Envy 4 will be available with the option of just a 500GB hard disk or a 32GB mSATA cache drive and 500GB hard disk. The Envy 6 will offer a 120GB SSD and the option of a hard disk starting at 320GB.
It will be interesting to see how HP’s Trinity powered Sleekbooks compare to their Intel powered Ultrabook peers in benchmarking and sales.