HP updates notebook designs

Company unveils several notebooks for businesses and consumers, plus new partnership with Vodafone.

Hewlett-Packard unveiled several redesigned notebooks for both businesses and consumers Tuesday and announced plans to support Advanced Micro Devices' upcoming dual-core Turion processor.

Five new categories of business notebooks were introduced by HP Executive Vice President Todd Bradley during an event in San Francisco. The notebooks cover several different categories, including a lightweight ultraportable notebook and a convertible Tablet PC.

Two entertainment notebooks also boast a new chassis that was designed with style and durability in mind, Bradley said. The HP dv2000 entertainment notebook will be HP's first notebook to support AMD's Turion X2 processor once that chip is released, and it will also be available with Intel's Core Duo processors, HP said. AMD is expected to introduce the Turion X2 over the next few weeks.

One of the newer trends in mobile computing, embedded wide-area networking chips, will be the highlight of a joint marketing campaign conducted by HP and Vodafone, HP said. The companies plan to work together on new products that can connect to Vodafone's HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) networks in Europe.

"Everything digital is going mobile and wireless," said Satjiv Chalil, senior vice president for worldwide marketing at HP. Company executives plan to describe the new products and HP's strategy for future mobile devices in briefings throughout the day Tuesday with analysts and reporters.