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HP Updates ProBooks & Joins Multi-touch Tablet Club

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Today is the start of CeBIT, but in keeping with the very best rules of the increasingly irrelevant Hannover show HP broke news of its main announcements yesterday instead...

As you might expect we got the usual array of laptops and notebooks, but undoubtedly the most interesting is the 'EliteBook 2470p' - a multi-touch tablet PC with capacitive touchscreen and Windows 7 OS.

Similar to the Thinkpad X200t, the 2470p has a 12.1in 1280 x 800 display, choice of HDD or SSD storage and also annoyingly omits HDMI. Like the X200t it also graduates to Intel's new Core i5 and i7 processor, but sticks to integrated graphics - a decision Nvidia Optimus is likely to make look ever more silly as the year goes on.

Elsewhere HP has unveiled four new ProBook models ranging in size from the 13.3in '4320s' to the 17.3in '4720s'. Main changes on the inside are the jump to Core i5/i7 CPUs and a slight jump in GPU power from a Radeon HD 4330 to a 4350. On the outside the slink new finish is extremely welcome even if its revised trackpads with integrated mouse buttons would have me running for the hills. Still battery life on the 4320s can stretch to 10 hours with an optional 9-cell battery, so there's that.

The new ProBooks will launch in late March starting from just $719 (£479), though pricing and availability for the EliteBook 2470p remains unknown for now. Kinda exciting, well more exciting than CeBIT anyway {yes, that's 10 years of trauma talking}.

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