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Brief: HP Unveils 5 Business Notebooks

At the HP Mobility Summit, the company unveiled new laptops and hinted at video and social networking for mobile devices in the future.

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday unveiled five business notebooks, including the company's thinnest and lightest notebook with an optical disk drive.

In addition, the Palo Alto, Calif., company announced at the annual HP Mobility Summit in San Francisco a new design for the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario consumer notebooks and discussed research in the area of video and social networking for mobile devices.

HP's new ultra-portable PC is the Compaq nc2400, which is less than an inch thick and weighs 2.8 pounds. The company's other new business models included the Compaq 4400, 6400, 7400 and 8400. HP's notebook lineup for business now span from the travel-friendly, ultra-light models to the widescreen desktop replacements, the company said.

For its consumer models, the company introduced a fresh design for the HP Pavilion dv2000 series entertainment notebook and for the Compaq Presario V3000 series. The company has added a high-gloss, durable finish to the notebooks, along with an inlaid design. Nissha Printing Co. in Japan helped in developing the new finish, which is also used on cell-phone casings, cosmetic packaging and luxury car interiors, HP said.

Finally, the company gave a glimpse into potential future technologies, including a simplified publishing and distribution process for people to share video over mobile devices. For example, officials from HP Labs showed how members of a dining group using an HP iPaq handset could create a video podcast review of the restaurant and then store and publish to video to people subscribing to the same online social network. The video is sent via an RSS feed.

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