Will TouchSmart tm2 tablet receive ‘next-gen’ Sandy Bridge options later this year?

HP TouchSmart tm2 with Sandy Bridge: where for art thou?! (oh this picture above shows the existing tm2, in case you get too excited)

As of today, seems like HP has given a touch of Intel Sandy Bridge love to all its laptop models, from the humble Pavilion series up to the envy-instilling Envy models, and from their stylish ProBook business models up to the top-end EliteBook line… all except the little notebook in the corner, the EliteBook 2760p‘s faraway cousin, none other than the convertible tablet HP TouchSmart tm2!

Announced in January last year with a paltry Intel Core 2 Duo processor and ATI Radeon 4550M graphics, the TouchSmart tm2 received a much-needed refresh not long after in the autumn of 2010 with the ultra-low voltage dual core 1.33 GHz Core i5-560UM and Intel Radeon 5450M graphics. We haven’t heard anything since then…

…which gives us good reason to believe the HP TouchSmart tm2 might be in for a ‘next generation’ Sandy Bridge processor refresh once Intel releases their traditional ‘interim’ processor update, which should occur at a time spread far enough from Sandy Bridge’s initial announcement in January, but also not close to Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors (which should be launched in 2012) so they don’t instantly become outdated (and get buyers angry). That puts the announcement of Intel’s Sandy Bridge “1.5” sometime in August or September.

Of course, one could argue HP could just stuff in the existing Sandy Bridge 1.4 GHz Core i5-2537M, or even better a 1.6 GHz Core i7-2657M; both are ultra-low voltage processors. But why haven’t they? If they were going to do that, they would have announced a refreshed TouchSmart tm2 with Sandy Bridge already this morning, along with the updated Envy 14 and new Pavilion dv4.

Updated graphics will also likely appear too, if you’re a critical thinker =) . I’ll make an intelligent guess that it’ll be the AMD Radeon 6470M… one does hope that an Apple-like move will not be pulled off, that is to let Intel’s Integrated Graphics substitute a dedicated or integrated dedicated card (like they did to the 13 inch 2011 MacBook Pro).

And did anybody mention a splash of black paint would be nice (and definitely sick looking!) too? Well, at least it’ll be a refreshing change from all those silver and beige laptops out there.

What do you think? Are you excited to want HP to get a refreshed TouchSmart tm2 out there like some readers? Or how about an Intel Ivy Bridge equipped TouchSmart instead in 2012?

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  1. Dam6 May 14, 2011 Reply

    Well, we have two TM2s in this house and I’d personally love there to be an updated version as the extra battery life and power would go a long way to making the TM2 one of the best out there. Not many people can afford a 2760p or even an Asus EP121 so a better TM2 might fill the gap.

    However, I don’t think that it’ll happen as a new TM2 might tale away a small bit of revenue from WebOS (Which will be removed from any machine that arrives into work!)

  2. radpilot May 14, 2011 Reply

    Come on HP.
    Give us the tm3 with an IPS screen!
    All ASUS honeycomb tablets got IPS screens and they are less expensive than the tm2.

  3. Brad S | May 15, 2011 Reply

    Dam6, I don’t think the TM2 is exactly ‘cheap’ but it sure won’t canibalize WebOS tablet sales because they are aimed at different markets. The Touchsmart TM2 might be up to twice as expensive as the HP Touchpad, depending on how HP prices the Touchpad. I think the TM2 makes for a great ‘netbook substitute’ for those with a big and powerful machine at home, looking for something compact and light, but not with a lethargic Atom processor that netbooks have.

    Radpilot, I do not think that will happen anytime soon for the Touchsmart series. Perhaps the EliteBook tablets (EliteBook 2770p anyone?) will have them first in the future before what is considered a ‘lower end consumer model’ like the TM2 will have it. It’s a different case with Honeycomb tablets because they have smaller displays (even 1 or 2 inches off can make a sizeable cost difference), much cheaper and fewer components (no big bills from Intel or AMD to pay), smaller batteries, etc

    Also, HP is not likely to call the next Touchsmart a ‘tm3’ if it still has a 12 inch display because they have a habit of naming their consumer notebooks after the last digit in screen size (ie Pavilion dv4 = 14 inch display, Pavilion dm3 = 13 inch display). If it still has a 12 inch display, it will still be called the tm2 or t#2

  4. DiZ October 13, 2011 Reply

    okay for digital art wise lets say sketching or painting on photoshop or illustrator – is this better than the elitebook tablet 2760p? coz this computer seems super slow in comparison and performance-wise, elite seems better? y shud I buy this instead? I wud like to know since my first laptop was witht the tx series and have always loved it

  5. robert-canada December 13, 2011 Reply

    jais acheter tm2 de la vrai cochonnerie machine tres peu performant malgre un update de disk dur ssd +8go
    toujours aussi lent
    ces pas un bonne achat meme hp le confirme jais parler au pdg les meme cochonnerie garantie prolonger gratuit ect
    rallonger une period de vie decevant

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