HP's upcoming Pavilion dv2 laptop has gone up for sale in Thailand, and the folks at Studio Nocturne—a self-described "boutique game development studio"—have gotten up close and personal with a display model.
The base system apparently costs the Thai equivalent of $720 and delivers a 12.1" display, an Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, Mobility Radeon HD 3410 graphics with HDMI, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Windows Vista Home Premium. For an extra $100 or so, you can get a model with a higher-capacity (320GB) hard drive and an external DVD burner.
Physically, Studio Nocturne's photos suggest the system hasn't really changed since we handled one at AMD Austin in February. The site comments that the laptop is a "smudge magnet" that looks more expensive than it actually is—and it happens to be "nice and quiet," too. CPU and storage performance might not be the best: the site timed the Vista boot time at a minute and 19 seconds. On the flip side, as Studio Nocturne points out, HP has used the same comfy keyboard design as on its Mini 1000 netbooks.
The HP Pavilion dv2 should become available Stateside later this month. HP will charge $699 for the base config, putting the system in the gray area between netbooks and fancier ultra-portable systems.
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