Unboxing HP's Pavilion dv2, featuring the new AMD Athlon Neo CPU

One of only a handful of specific upcoming laptop models that readers have regularly asked about, HP's 12-inch Pavilion dv2 has finally arrived.

One of only a handful of specific upcoming laptop models that readers have regularly asked about, Hewlett-Packard's 12-inch Pavilion dv2 has finally arrived.

Back at CES 2009 , we noted that, "at first glance, another glossy HP laptop with an processor from Advanced Micro Devices may induce yawns, but when we learned this was the first system to use AMD's new Netbook-like Athlon Neo platform , our ears perked up."

The Neo is intended to be a kind of step-up from Netbook CPUs such as the Intel Atom and Via Nano, offering additional processing power for a little more money, and is targeted at slightly larger systems--12-inch laptops instead of 9-inch and 10-inch ones.

AMD sees room for systems with slightly bigger screens than Netbooks, which cost slightly more. AMD claims the 1.6GHz Neo handles multiple apps better than the Intel Atom, and it comes paired with ATI Radeon graphics (it's also restricted to Windows Vista--sorry, no XP option).

We'll be testing and reviewing the HP Pavilion dv2 this week. In the meantime, check out this hands-on video from CES 2009, plus specs and new photos after the break.

Our just-arrived review unit sports the following specs:

HP Pavilion dv2 - $749
AMD Athlon Neo Processor MV-40 1.6 GHz
Windows Vista Home Premium (64-bit) w/ SP1
12.1-inch 1,280x800 LED
320GB HDD 5400 rpm SATA
ATI Radeon HD 3410 Graphics w/ 512MB DDR2
External DVD-RW Lightscribe
6-cell battery
802.11 a/g/n
HP Webcam
HP Imprint - Espresso Black

[Note: Ignore the incorrect screen grab on the video below -- it's our look at the HP dv2 from CES 2009.]

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