Today’s the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show CES 2013 and HP certainly has some consumer oriented products to show. Earlier on Monday, HP launched two new thin, AMD powered Pavilion notebooks. The Pavilion Sleekbook and its long-named sibling, the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook both feature 15.6 inch displays, full-sized chiclet style keyboards with number pads and AMD accelerated processing units (APU). The key differences is that the former uses AMD A6 chips and has a standard non-touch display, while the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook has a more powerful AMD A8 chip and multi-touch display (as the name hints) that can detect up to 10 fingers. The resolution for both the non-touch and touch displays will be a fairly disappointing 1366 x 768, with no higher-resolution options as of announcement today.
The regular Pavilion Sleekbook has a base configuration of 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB hard drive while its TouchSmart counterpart gets 6 to 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive. Both come with a mix of USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports, HDMI ports, a HD webcam and options for AMD’s integrated APU graphics or upgrading to a dedicated AMD graphics card. Naturally, there’s also Windows 8, HP Dolby Advanced Audio and HP CoolSense technology.
As you may have figured from the specifications, both notebooks aren’t particularly groundbreaking but instead have affordability in mind. The HP Pavilion Sleekbook will be available for order starting the end of this week on January 13 from $480 while those interested in the touch model can begin ordering the Pavilion TouchSmart Sleekbook from February 3 onwards, starting at $650.