CES: HP goes high-definition with new multimedia laptop

The HP Pavilion HDX sports a 20.1-in. screen

Hewlett-Packard Co., the top global PC vendor, yesterday introduced a multimedia laptop packed with high-definition features, including a screen that allows users to watch full HDTV movies.

The HP Pavilion HDX laptop, targeted at multimedia enthusiasts, has a 20.1-in. high-definition screen that plays back true 1080p high-definition television, according to HP. Users will have the option of selecting from an HD DVD or Blu-ray Disc drive to play back high-definition movies.

Powered by the Core 2 Extreme or Core 2 Duo processors from Intel, the system includes a hybrid TV tuner that lets users watch high-definition or analog TV broadcasts. The tuner will also provide digital video recorder capabilities, with users able to record and pause live TV.

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View more stories from 2008 International CES The system includes an Nvidia GeForce 8800M GTS graphics card with 512MB of video memory, HP said. It also includes four Altec Lansing speakers with a subwoofer built in. The system will support storage of up to 500G bytes and have integrated wired and wireless networking.

The system will run on Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate. Starting at $1,999, the system will ship in the U.S. later this month, according to HP.

HP also introduced the Pavilion tx2000 tablet PC, a portable laptop targeted at students and professionals. Users can rotate the screen 180 degrees and use a stylus to capture handwriting or surf the Internet, according to HP.

Powered by Advanced Micro Devices' Turion 64 X2 dual-core processor, the PC comes with a 12.1-in. screen and the Windows Vista operating system. It will have a DVD+/- RW drive, up to 250GB of storage, integrated wireless and wired networking, a fingerprint reader and a webcam. It weighs 4.29 pounds with a four-cell battery, according to HP.

The tablet will be available starting at $1,299, depending on configuration. It also will ship later this month in the U.S.

The laptops were announced ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show, to be held in Las Vegas between Jan. 7-10, where they will be on display.

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