Premium HP Envy laptops have metal bodies, high prices

HP has announced a wealth of new systems in preparation for the Windows 7 release, and it's taken a page straight out of Apple's playbook with a couple of 'em. The upcoming Envy 13 and Envy 15 notebooks seem designed to steal the thunder from the latest MacBook Pros, with aluminum enclosures, chiclet keyboards, large button-less touchpads, glossy displays, and high price tags.

Starting at a hefty $1,699, the new Envy 13 features an aluminum-and-magnesium alloy body—tougher than pure aluminum, HP points out—and a 13.1", 1366x-768 high-brightness display. Internals include a Core 2 Duo SL9400 1.86GHz processor, switchable Mobility Radeon HD 4330 discrete graphics, 3GB of RAM, a 250GB 5,400-RPM hard drive, and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The Envy 13 has a thickness of only 0.8", and it weighs an impressively light 3.74 lbs.

More impressive still, HP claims the Envy 13 can achieve up to 18 hours of battery life using an extended battery "slice."

The Envy 15 starts at 100 bucks more, and it features a 15.6" display, a 1"-thick enclosure, and a weight of 5.18 lbs. HP has pulled out the big guns here, outfitting the machine with still-unreleased mobile Core i7 processors, four SO-DIMM slots (capable of accommodating 16GB of RAM), a RAID-0 storage option, and a laser-etched aluminum chassis. This system should stay up for as much as seven hours using the highest-capacity battery, HP says.

Both the Envy 13 and the Envy 15 should become available simultaneously with Windows 7 on October 22. Check out the gallery below for images.

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