Hewlett-Packard has recently announced a netbook with cutting-edge mobile broadband and graphics technologies that makes it the most powerful netbook so far.
The lightweight Pavilion DM1 netbook comes with an 11.6-inch screen, and runs on Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) new Fusion processor, which bundles a graphics chip and CPU into a single piece of silicon. This got the portability of a netbook, but has the performance of a notebook all wrapped up into one.
Futher, AMD’s Fusion chip enables users to view full 1080p high-definition video, a capability not readily available in netbook-sized laptops. HP already offers netbooks with 1080p video capabilities, but they use a separate high-definition decoder, which drains battery life.
The Fusion chips’ graphics processor shares resources with the CPU on the same piece of silicon, which reduces the need for an extra graphics card or accelerator. The DM1 runs for a maximum of 10.5 hours with solid-state drive storage, and 9.5 hours on hard drive storage.
This netbook also connects to LTE (long-term evolution) mobile broadband networks, which offer faster data transfers than current 3G networks. This also offers up to 750GB of hard drive storage and includes other components such as a webcam. It will be available worldwide on January 9, with prices starting at US$449 depending on configuration.
Consequently, HP also upgraded the Envy 17 and Pavilion DV6 and DV7 laptops to include Intel’s next-generation Core chips based on the Sandy Bridge architecture. The Intel chips integrate a graphics processor and CPU on a single piece of silicon, but the laptops will come with optional AMD Radeon 6000 graphics cards for more intense graphics tasks.