CES: HP drives price of new touchscreen Sleekbook lower

January 7, 2013

HP unwrapped the HP Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook at CES, a Windows 8, touchscreen notebook with 15,6-inch display expected to be for sale in the U.S. for $649.99 on February 3.

The $649 is an aggressive price for a full-featured notebook with touchscreen, but the touchscreen does add considerable cost. HP is also showing a Pavilion Sleekbook, sans touchscreen, that will sell for $479.99. The Pavilion Sleekbook is set for release January 13.

The new Sleekbooks are powered by an AMD A-Series APU (accelerated processor unit) chip, and feature a15.6-inch diagonal high-definition (HD) display and up to 1 terabyte of storage.

The notebooks also include Dolby Advanced Audio; a removable battery; and a numeric keyboard as well as a full array of ports including HDMI, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0.

For pictures and video, the Sleekbooks include the HP TrueVision HD Webcams and HP MyRoom for video calling and sharing photos in a private virtual room.
For video professionals and high-end gamers, some Sleekbook models offer an optional AMD Radeon discrete graphics processor designed to improve video creation and playback.

Today is a press preview day at CES which offically opens Tuesday and runs through Friday. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will give what's being called pre-event keynote tonight, which TabTimes will cover. 


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