Wondering how you can get ahold of a laptop with Intel's swanky newarchitecture? Wonder no more, friends. HP will soon release a bevy of next-generation Core-powered portables, starting with the Envy 17.
The laptop is physically pretty similar to the-- no bad thing, as the original is a bit of a looker. The new model's innards feature significant updates, however. It'll be available in a range of specs, with options including a second-generation 2GHz Intel Core i7-2630QM CPU.
This will feature Turbo Boost 2.0 technology that can dynamically increase clock speed to a whopping 2.9GHz when you open one Firefox tab too many. It'll also feature up to 6GB of RAM, a bountiful 1TB of storage and an integrated Blu-ray drive.
Graphics will come courtesy of a next-generation Intel graphics chip provided in the Sandy Bridge architecture. This should prove sufficient for most day-to-day graphics tasks while allowing for semi-decent battery life away from the mains. HP also includes a high-end AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6850M graphics adaptor that will better suit graphically demanding games.
Existing versions of the the HP Envy 17 feature active-shutter 3D graphics, so it's likely the new models will get this technology later in 2011 -- for a price. Those who want 3D graphics but don't want to pay a premium needn't fret, though. HP says it'll also make versions of the Envy 17 that include DDD's TriDef 3D Experience Ignition Game Player, which also features on the .
Unlike systems that require expensive active-shutter glasses, this splits the image on the Envy 17's 120Hz display in two, providing a pseudo-3D effect to anyone wearing a pair of cheap polarising glasses. This will come at no extra cost, according to HP, though in our experience, it doesn't provide quite as convincing a 3D effect as systems that use active-shutter glasses.
HP is yet to confirm pricing for the HP Envy 17, but we don't expect it to come cheap. The previous model started at $1,599 (£1,025) and we'd be surprised if this thing will be available for less. Watch out for a full hands-on session from our team out in Las Vegas soon.