New HP ultraportable on the way

Hewlett-Packard will release a business ultraportable that updates its successful EliteBook 2540p laptop and adds new processors, among other features.

Hewlett-Packard will unleash a business ultraportable with Intel's most power-efficient Sandy Bridge processors and USB 3.0 ports, according to reports and HP's Web site.

The HP EliteBook 2540p has been a successful business model for HP. Today, this model sports a 12.1-inch screen, weighs about 3.5 pounds, and uses prior-generation Core i5, i7 chips.
The HP EliteBook 2540p has been a successful business model for HP. Today, this model sports a 12.1-inch screen, weighs about 3.5 pounds, and uses prior-generation Core i5, i7 chips. Hewlett-Packard

The upcoming EliteBook 2560p follows HP's successful--and very durable--EliteBook 2540p, which is built around a 12.1-inch display and weighs about 3.5 pounds.

HP has already revealed some 2560p specifications on its U.S. Web site and those of its close cousin, the 2760p, which adds a touch interface, like its predecessor, the 2740p.

Highlights include a range of Sandy Bridge processors, such as Intel's most power-efficient Core i5-2537M and Core i7-2617M chips (in addition to more mainstream Sandy Bridge laptop processors) and USB 3.0 ports, according to a Japanese-language Web site.

These new features would be consistent with HP's new15-inch EliteBook, the 8560p. That model comes with Sandy Bridge processors and two USB 3.0. ports.

Integrated 3G will also be offered, like the current 2540p model that offers built-in 3G from AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon.

The Japanese-language site also lists 13-inch screens, which, if true, would be a departure from the current 12-inch form factor.

Pricing and release date information is not available at this time.

Via Notebook Review and Engadget.

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