HP reveals five new notebooks but keeps quiet on Microsoft’s Ultra Mobile PC

HP today announced a broad swathe of notebooks and mobile technologies at its second annual Mobility Summit in San Francisco. But it was notable that amidst all the glitz and glamour of HP’s new marketing campaign, Microsoft’s Ultra Mobile PC initiative – codenamed Origami – didn’t get a mention.

HP reveals five new notebooks but keeps quiet on Microsoft's Ultra Mobile PC

In the UK, the most notable new products are five business notebooks, and it was the lightweight tc2400 that stole most of the limelight. Weighing in at 1.3kg, it includes a 12.1in widescreen and an optical drive. It will be available from the end of May, with prices starting at £1,234 exc VAT.

However, Todd Bradley, executive vice president of HP’s personal systems group, was keen to place the idea of always-on connectivity as the company’s core focus. ‘What’s really driving this space…is connectivity. How do you connect that information that’s so important to you?’

HP believes it has the answer, particularly for enterprises. It announced a worldwide partnership with Vodafone, with the new HP Compaq nc6400 (also available at the end of May) supporting built-in 3G via an optional mini-PCI card.

This hardware can then be complemented by HP’s own mobile email and mobile management services, with the latter allowing IT managers to keep applications patched with minimal user intervention.

Microsoft will be buoyed by the inclusion of a new tablet PC, the tc4400, costing from £1,448 exc VAT and available from mid-June. Weighing just under 2.1kg, it includes a 12.1in XGA display, an Intel Core Duo processor plus a fingerprint reader and TPM security chip.

The final products are the nx7400 and 8400 series, with the former a 15.4in widescreen affair targeted at the more cost-conscious buyer: prices will start at £949 exc VAT. The nc8430 includes ATi X1600 graphics and is aimed at power users, with prices starting at £1,149 exc VAT, while the nx8440 includes an ATi Mobility Fire GL V5200 chip and will cost from £1,993 exc VAT. Both will be available to buy from mid-May.

And as for the Ultra Mobile PC – well, we have to wait. ‘There’s a lot of interesting [scenarios] that I’ve seen,’ said Dave Rothschild, general manager of HP’s handheld global business unit, in a question and answer session. ‘In the enterprise sector, I’ve heard a number of customers express an interest in as it uses an architecture they’re familiar with. It’s an interesting area and we’re going to have to watch it, but I think it’s still pretty emerging.’

In other words, HP’s not sure whether the Ultra Mobile PC is going to go the same way as the ill-fated Smart Display, another of Bill Gates’ visions that never caught on, and we shouldn’t expect to see any HP UMPCs for quite some time.

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