Although the HP Pavilion notebook series for 2012 have been expected to come with next-gen Intel “Ivy Bridge” processors right away, CNet reports that the laptops will initially ship with the current “Sandy Bridge” chips.
The 2012 Pavilions will be reportedly released next week. Although they will include “Sandy Bridge”, these CPUs will be paired with the new Intel HM77 chipset. The HM77 is also compatible with “Ivy Bridge”, so as soon as the new processors become available, they will be very likely offered in the Pavilion configurations. At this time, we are not sure when the Ivy Bridge laptop CPUs will hit the market, but some leaks suggest the first parts will be launched on April 29th.
The refreshed entertainment-oriented HP notebook line will include the 14-inch dv4, 15.6″ dv6, and 17.3″ dv7 high-performance models, as well as the entry level Pavilion G-series g4 (14″) and g6 (15.6″). In this aspect, screen sizes and model naming scheme remained the same, but the Pavilion g7 is missing from the lineup.
The laptops have a new design.
The cases of the 2012 Pavilion dv series are tapered and their bases are covered with soft-touch finishes, while the lids are made of aluminum. These notebooks feature Beats Audio technology. The 2012 dv4, dv6, and dv7 will start at $699, $749, and $849, respectively.
The budget friendly G-series systems have a “bowl-shaped keyboard and textured touchpad” and black, blue, or red cases. The starting prices will be $499 for the g4 and $529 for the g6.