IDF San Francisco 2008: Hewlett-Packard's steel notebooks
With editors from all over the world visiting Intel in San Francisco, it just natural for other companies to stage their own shows. HP for example introduced a new notebook series.
Hewlett-Packard introduced a series of Montevina based devices, that are supposed to impress with their case. The high priced versions are said to be covered with a robust alloy that is said to have its origins in the aircraft industry. To test the durability, the reporters were allowed to “polish” one of the new lids with steel wool – the HP logo was the only part affected by this treatment. Some samples of the old material got some severe marks. Take a look at the picture gallery for more images.
As said before the notebooks are based Montevina. The smallest versions (like the Compaq 2530p) have a GM45 chipset with an integrated GMA and an energy efficient Core 2 Duo L9400 (1.86 GHz) CPU. The more powerful devices like the 8730w use the P series, for example the P9600 with 2.8 GHz – the Core 2 Extreme X9100 with 3.o GHz is the only processor faster than that. But the quad-core QX9300 is said to be available for the notebook series soon. Nvidia solutions were used in the presented samples but as we asked, HP told us that there will be AMD graphics cards, too.
The series is said to be released in September, despite one unspecified exception which will be released in November.