We spotted an Intel Sandy Bridge laptop from HP already on retail at a local computer superstore. The HP Pavilion dv6-4103TX comes with a quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and (re-badged) AMD Radeon HD 6570M graphics.
I happened to be a mall earlier and decided to make a quick trip to the computer megastore. It was pretty much the same stuff over at the laptops section, except for this which I spotted.
Still don’t get it? It is a slightly different Intel logo, stuck on one of the HP laptops on display (and for sale). This is not the usual Intel Core i7 logo that you would find on present desktop machines or high-end laptops, but a re-designed one that you will find on all the boxes of Intel’s Sandy Bridge desktop processors (and the included case badge), as well as laptops with the new Sandy Bridge processors.
Like other present dv6 models, the HP Pavilion dv6-4103TX is clad in aluminium with touchable textures. You will not be able to tell apart a dv6 equipped with the current-generation Intel platform or the Sandy Bridge platform just by its appearance though, as the changes are made internally.
Firing up the System Information and Device Manager, here’s what I got. The HP Pavilion dv6-4103TX comes with an Intel Core i7-2630QM Processor, which is clocked at 2GHz and has a Turbo Boost speed of up to 2.8GHz.
Graphics is handled by the discrete AMD Radeon HD 6570M GPU, which is a re-badged ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5700 Series with a faster core clock. As the AMD Radeon HD 6500M Series supports both GDDR3 and GDDR5 memory, expect performance to be at either end of the older HD 5700 Series, depending on the type of memory used.
The 15.6-inch LED-backlit display panel on this particular unit is made by AU Optronics (AUO).
And the price? $1899 in Singapore Dollars, which works out to approximately US$1399.