Today Hewlett-Packard (HP) unveiled plans to release new affordable touchscreen equipped Windows 8 laptop computers for the general consumer PC market. HP revealed two models the 11.6-inch HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart Notebook which will start at $399.99 and the HP Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook which will start at $479.99.
At this time HP plans to start shipping both models in June, ahead of the back-to-school shopping season. Consumers will be able to purchase both notebooks from the HP.com online store or through third-party retailers such as Best Buy and Walmart.
According to product photos released by HP these new notebooks will share similar designs as some of the existing Pavilion laptops that HP has in their large product catalog. The HP Pavilion 11 TouchSmart Notebook will share a design that is similar to the one found on the 11.6-inch HP Pavilion dm1 budget notebook. As for the HP Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook it shares a design that resembles that of the current sub-$450 14-inch HP Pavilion 14 Sleekbook.
Although rehashed the designs aren’t terrible for these new HP laptops, but consumers should expect premium feeling aluminum bodies from either machine. The two models are designed to be easy to carry around with you and the 11-inch model is supposed to be the ultimate touchscreen ultraportable for $400.
HP was kind enough to release some product photos, but for anyone looking for a full list of specifications to start comparing these upcoming models to the current crop of touchscreen Windows laptops will simply have to wait. HP has only revealed little tidbits about each machine. The only main feature mentioned for the 11-inch touchscreen HP Pavilion laptop by HP in their press release is a 11.6-inch 10-point capacitive touch capable display. As for the 14-inch notebook HP says the HP Pavilion 14 TouchSmart Sleekbook will feature AMD A-series processors which are named APU’s and feature Radeon HD dedicated-class DirectX 11 graphics without consuming too much power.