No matter which processor you get, the case design will remain the same and the laptops will be about the same size and weight. It’s just that Intel owns the trademark on the term “ultrabook,” so HP had to come up with something else to call its AMD models.
But it turns out you’ll be able to get a model with both Intel and AMD components — at least in some regions.
Notebook Italia caught up with HP at a recent event and got a look at an HP Envy 4 ultrabook with an Intel Core i5 processor and AMD Radeon HD 7670M discrete graphics.
We’ve seen ultrabooks with NVIDIA graphics cards before. The Acer Aspire Timeline M3 jumps to mind.
But HP’s new Envy line of ultrabooks may be among the first to feature AMD graphics cards paired with Intel Sandy Bridge (and eventually Ivy Bridge) processors.
According to Notebook Italia, HP chose AMD after deciding that the graphics cards offered high quality graphics while using less power than similar offerings from NVIDIA… although I suspect the company’s partnership with AMD for the “sleekbook” versions of these laptops probably played a role as well.
There’s no word on whether the AMD graphics option will be offered in the US.