HP Lists New Ivy Bridge 2012 Mosaic Design Laptops, Available April 8th


With no fanfare whatsoever, HP has listed its new Intel Ivy Bridge equipped Pavilion lineup of laptops with their new Mosaic design on HP.com.   Also included is the new AMD Trinity APU in the Pavilion g series.  You can’t order any of these laptops quite yet, but you can ogle the specs and pictures for these new laptops that HP has labeled as NEW.  Here’s a rundown of what HP has listed:

All of these new Pavilion dv series laptops come with Intel’s 3rd generation Core i processors (aka Ivy Bridge) while it looks like the Pavilion g series will initially launch with a new design, but keep the Intel Sandy Bridge and use updated AMD Trinity A6 processors, an update to the current Fusion APU they use now.  Let’s get to the specs and full details for each model.  We already saw video of these laptops and a leaked press release, so the design is no secret and the announcement and order date is known as April 8th with shipping to start on April 29th.

HP Pavilion dv4-5000

Pavilion dv4-5000

The updated Pavilion dv4 appears to be a souped-up 14-inch screen machine.  It offers the Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.30GHz processor and Nvidia GT 630M graphics.  Here’s the full rundown:

  • Screen: 14” with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.30GHz
  • Memory: up to 8GB, two user accessible slots
  • Storage: up to 1TB HD
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M (2GB DDR3 dedicated)
  • Weight: 2.17kg (4.78lbs)
  • Dimensions: 34.4 x 23.4 x 3.35 cm (13.54” x 9.21” x 1.32”)
  • Optical Drive: Super-Multi DVD Burner
  • Ports: 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 RJ45, 1 Headphone-out (Stereo), Microphone in, Media Card Reader
  • Audio: 2 x Beats Audio Internal speakers; Beats Audio Audio playback; HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer

HP Pavilion dv6-7000

HP Pavilion dv6-7000

The Pavilion dv6-7000 will also be graced with an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor upon release.  The updated 2012 version of the dv6 has a bushed aluminum Midnight Black look, replacing the Dark Umber design from last year.  Most importantly, there will now be a backlit keyboard option, something that was missing (and much griped about) on the current dv6.  Here are the full specs for the dv6-7000 as listed on HP.com:

  • Screen: 15.6” with 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.30GHz, Core i5-3210m
  • Memory: up to 8GB, two slots user accessible
  • Storage: up to 1TB
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M or 650M
  • Ports: 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 RJ45, 2 Headphone-out (Stereo), 1 Microphone-in, Media Card Reader
  • Audio: 4 x Beats Audio Internal speakers; Beats Audio Audio playback; HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
  • Weight: 2.57kg (5.67lbs)
  • Dimensions: 37.8 x 24.7 x 3.25 cm (14.88” x 9.72” x 1.28”) Width x Depth x Height
  • Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD Burner or Blu Ray

HP Pavilion dv7-7000

HP Pavilion dv7-7000

The bigger brother of the dv6 is of course the 17” dv7-7000.  Things are pretty much the same in terms of design, and since the motherboard on the dv6 and dv7 is the same the internal specs are twins as well.  The dv7-7000 main advantage is the option of a 17.3” screen with 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.  Here are the complete specs of this new Ivy Bridge equipped laptop:

    • Screen: 17.3” with 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 resolution
    • Processor: Intel Core i7-3720QM 2.6 GHz, Core i5-3210m
    • Memory: up to 8GB, two slots user accessible
    • Storage: up to 2TB
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT 630M or NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
    • Ports: 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 RJ45, 2 Headphone-out (Stereo), 1 Microphone-in, Media Card Reader
    • Audio: 4 x Beats Audio Internal speakers; Beats Audio Audio playback; HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
    • Weight: 3.15kg (6.94 lbs)
    • Dimensions: 41.6 x 27.4 x 3.52 cm (16.38” x 10.79” x 1.39”) Width x Depth x Height
    • Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD Burner or Blu Ray

Note that you get a more powerful NVIDIA 650M graphics card and Intel Core i7-3720QM processor in the dv7, we’re assuming these will trickle down to the dv6 or possibly be available as options at launch as well.

HP Pavilion g4-2000, g6-2000, g7-2000

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HP has redesigned their budget g4, g6 and g7 laptops to feature curved, beveled edges.  Available colors will be sparkling black, winter blue and ruby red.  According to an HP press release the keyboard has a bowl-shape deck and island (chiclet) style keys.  You also get a numberpad built-in for the g6 and g7 models.  The touchpad is mercifully textured, none of that slippery glossy finish.  USB 3.0 is also part of the mix, an upgrade of the current Pavilion g series models.  The AMD version of the g4 appears to have the new AMD Trinity family of processor while the Intel keeps the current Sandy Bride lineup.

The full specs for the Pavilion g4-2000 AMD and Intel powered laptops are listed on HP.com, so let’s go over those:

  • Screen: 14” 1366 x 768
  • Processor Choices: AMD A6 Trinity Processors or Intel Core i3 / i5
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 7670M or AMD Radeon HD 7520G + 7670M Dual GPU
  • Memory: up to 8GB, 2 user accessible slots
  • Ports: 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, 1 VGA, 1 RJ45, 1 Headphone-out (Stereo), 1 Microphone-in, Media Card Reader
  • Weight: 4.8lbs
  • Audio: Altec Lansing – Dolby Advanced Audio

The only unknown for these new HP models at this point is the starting price.  When HP puts up the order page on April 8th we’ll know that information too, so stay tuned!

Source: HP, HP YouTube ChannelNBR Forums

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17 Responses to HP Lists New Ivy Bridge 2012 Mosaic Design Laptops, Available April 8th

  1. Halfbaked March 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Hi, I just bought the dv7t laptop recently. I love it except for a couple of things. How much better is the Nvidia 650m compared to ATI 7690?

    • Andrew Baxter March 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      I’m not sure how much better in terms of percentage performance the Nvidia 650m will be over the AMD 7690, but it will be better and still have the same power consumption. Since it hasn’t been benchmarked yet I’d go out on a limb and say performance improvement will be in the 10 – 15% range.

    • Yacko March 19, 2012 at 6:50 am #

      It will be much higher than a 15% improvement. The 7690m is made with 40nm tech, with 28nm for the 650m. Benchmarks for the 640m are already out, and it’s about 20% faster than the 7690m.

    • Halfbaked March 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

      That’s horrible…if the price is around the same ($1200 with coupon) I’m seriously considering selling and picking this up. Design wise, I see some space in the chasis and the 2nd gen should be better.

      Don’t really care about the ivy bridge, the nvidia gpu has my hair standing up.

    • Yacko March 19, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

      I made a bit of a mistake. I said benchmarks for the 640m were available, showing it was 20% faster, but only the version with GDDR3 has been benched so far, which is similar in speed to the 7690m (with GDDR5). But the 650m (with GDDR5 memory) is still significantly faster than either of those.

    • Andrew Baxter March 20, 2012 at 1:13 am #

      thanks for the clarification Yacko, I guess we’ll know the exact performance improvement in a month or so.

    • Zeng June 9, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

      I have a AMD A8-3800 APU 2.4ghz Quad Core processor and AMD Radeon HD 6550A Graphics Card 2048 MB, both were not lseitd. Sorry about 3 comments, I just looked on my system information again and saw that, just wanted to get it right. that’s the right info and last comment.

  2. Yacko March 19, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    There are a few mistakes.

    -dv7 screen specs
    -dv6 max screen res. should be 1920 x 1080
    -there will be more processor options than you listed for the dv series, such as the i5-3210m
    -dv6 storage is up to 1 TB
    -the 630m will definitely be an option for the dv7

    • Andrew Baxter March 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

      Yacko, thanks for catching those mistakes and needed corrections. I’m sure there will be 4 – 5 processors available in the Core i5 – Core i7 range, I added the i5-3210M, if you know of any others that’ll be offered let me know.

    • Yacko March 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

      I’ve seen no indication that 1600 x 900 will be offered for the dv6; otherwise, looks pretty close to what I’ve been able to see so far.

  3. Jeff Bellin March 21, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Here’s the burning question about HP’s Pavillion notebooks: will they finally make backlit keyboards available? They broke with tradition and did so on the most recently released DV4, but the DV6 and DV7 have never had it this absolutely required (and extremely useful) feature on notebooks of these calibers and price points. Any news on this?

    • Andrew Baxter March 21, 2012 at 11:57 am #

      Jeff, the indications are that yes they will have backlit keyboards, or at least the option. While this isn’t documented, if you look at the video for the new laptops and slow it down you can see on the F5 key there’s a button to toggle the backlight on and off. It was discovered in the NBR forums by HTWingNut so credit there: http://forum.notebookreview.com/8378564-post36.html

  4. Rio Brahmantya March 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Do you think that the latest dv6 laptop which using nvidia 630 with gddr3 will be better than the oldest one with radeon 7690 gddr5 ? could somebody explain something about this ?

    • Andrew Baxter March 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

      The dv6 should offer an upgrade option to the Nvidia 650 or 660. The 630 would not be as powerful as the 7690.

    • Rio Brahmantya March 29, 2012 at 8:03 am #

      thanks andrew, which one you would prefer about the old one and this one ?

  5. Jeff April 5, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Looks from what I can find looking at the NBR videos, etc., it looks like eSATA port support is gone. Does anyone know differently? I guess I can double-check with HP in a couple of days…

  6. David April 10, 2012 at 11:11 pm #

    Man I just got the 2011 DV6 about a month ago. I hate this!!! The new dv6 has a backlit keyboard which is what i needed!Imma have to sell mine and buy this one when it comes out.

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