dv7 7000 HP let slip a three Ivy Bridge notebook models

Despite not being expected to launch until June after Intel pushed back the date for its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, HP has revealed three new notebook models featuring the new processors. Two of the models feature the same quad core Core i7-3610QM processor with the third sporting a Core i7-3720QM, suggesting that it's possible that the quad core mobile processors will launch at the same time as the desktop counterparts after all.

Despite not being expected to launch until June after Intel pushed back the date for its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, HP has revealed three new notebook models featuring the new processors. Two of the models feature the same quad core Core i7-3610QM processor with the third sporting a Core i7-3720QM, suggesting that it's possible that the quad core mobile processors will launch at the same time as the desktop counterparts after all.

The three new models from HP are the Pavilion dv4-5000, dv5-7000 and dv7-7000, a 14-inch, 15.6-inch (1366×768 for both models) and a 17.3-inch (1920×1080) model respectively. All three models feature the HM77 chipset and judging by HP's YouTube videos of the three new models we can expect to see SSD caching on at least the dv5 and dv6 models. Currently only the dv5-7000 is available in multiple SKUs, but we'd expect HP to flesh out its line up over time once more CPU options become available.

Starting with the dv4-5000 you get the Core i7-3610QM which is clocked at 2.3GHz, 4GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory, a 1TB 5,400rpm hard drive, a DVD drive and interestingly a GeForce GT 630M GPU with 2GB of dedicated DDR3 memory suggesting that HP doesn't seem to think that Intel's IGP in Ivy Bridge is good enough for the intended market for its Pavilion series of notebooks. Other features include an Intel 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi card, Bluetooth (HP didn't specify which kind), Gigabit Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, HDMI, D-sub, a pair of audio jacks, a memory card reader and an HD webcam. The dv4-6000 comes in at 2.17kg and measure 344x234x33.5mm (WxDxH).

The dv6-7000 isn't that different, as the base SKU is nearly identical in terms of features to the dv4-5000 with the only difference being that it comes with a third USB 3.0 and a smaller 750GB hard drive. The higher-end SKU gets a 1TB drive and 8GB of RAM, but this appears to be the only difference between the two SKUs. The dv6-7000 weighs in at 2.57kg and measures 378x247x32.5mm (WxDxH).

The dv7-7000 differs by having the Core i7-3720QM CPU, but it also comes with 8GB of DDR3 1600MHz memory as standard, as well as having a pair of 1TB 5,400rpm hard drives. It also gets upgraded graphics in the shape of an Nvidia GeForce GT 650M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. The only other addition we could spot was a Blu-ray writer. The dv7-7000 is of course the largest and heaviest model out of the three at 3.15kg and 416x274x35.2mm (WxDxH).

Source: HP