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HP Looks To Trounce Competition With Fire-Breathing Laptop

HP lifted the curtain on more than a dozen new laptops at the HP Mobility Summit in Shanghai, China, today. On the ultrahigh-end for consumers you'll see HP's new 20.1-inch (yes, you read that correctly, t-w-e-n-t-y inches) multimedia laptop. HP didn't mention if it comes with its own dolly to cart it around. Business customers will also find a slew of new ultraportables aimed at them, starting with a 12.1-inch laptop that weighs a mere 3.6 pou
HP lifted the curtain on more than a dozen new laptops at the HP Mobility Summit in Shanghai, China, today. On the ultrahigh-end for consumers you'll see HP's new 20.1-inch (yes, you read that correctly, t-w-e-n-t-y inches) multimedia laptop. HP didn't mention if it comes with its own dolly to cart it around. Business customers will also find a slew of new ultraportables aimed at them, starting with a 12.1-inch laptop that weighs a mere 3.6 pounds. More on the fire-breather inside.HP isn't exactly betting the farm on laptops. It realizes that its core strategic growth area will come from enterprise and consumer purchases of portable computers. According to HP, the worldwide mobile market will surpass $234 billion by 2009. That's a jump of more than 42% compared with today's mobile market. Its latest device announcements show that HP is looking to capitalize on the increasing pervasiveness of computing.

Let's take a look at the new hardware.

Enterprise buyers have a handful of business notebooks from which to choose. The HP Compaq 2710p is a combo unit that marries conventional notebook productivity with tablet PC flexibility into a convertible form factor. Its long list of features includes an optional integrated camera for videoconferencing, a back-lit keyboard, thin design, and optional CDMA 1xEV-DO Revision A wireless broadband connectivity. It also uses the new Centrino Pro Mobile chipset, which offers built-in remote manageability and proactive security to ease the fears of IT managers. All the business notebooks include Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, which encrypts the full volume.

OK, on to that 20-incher. While it's officially called the HP Pavilion HDX Entertainment Series Notebook PC, the dragon design that's etched into the casing has people calling it, well, the Dragon. Obviously with a screen that large it's a multimedia, consumer PC. I mean, spreadsheets don't need to be that large. It supports true 1080p HD resolution, which will make watching HD DVD or Blu-ray discs more enjoyable, as well as some games and TV shows. The HDX also has four stereo speakers, with integrated subwoofer (because if you're going to bother watching movies in HD, you have to annoy your neighbors at the same time), Intel Core 2 processor technology, and dual hard drives supporting up to 400 Gbytes of storage. Whoa. Conspicuously missing from the spec list is its weight. Many of the 17-inch laptops out there weigh in at 9 to 11 pounds. This 20-inch monster, er, Dragon, has to be pushing 10 to 12 pounds.

To read more about all of the new models, click here.

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