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Not happy with the Ultrabook brand, or the notebook moniker? HP has a third: Sleekbook.

What is a Sleekbook? It's an HP laptop that doesn't quite meet the specifications Intel has demanded any laptop vendor using its Ultrabook trademark must adhere to.

HP Envy 6

Take HP's Envy 4, which comes with one of Intel's second-generation - Sandy Bridge - Core i3 and i5 CPUs, 4GB of memory and a 500GB hard drive. The storage can be augmented with an 32GB Flash cache "for faster performance1 and upgrade to Intel Ultrabook", as HP puts it.

The Envy 4 has a 14in, 1366 x 768 display driven by the CPU's integrated graphics or AMD's "discrete class" Radeon HD 7670M GPU. It has 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi and USB 3.0.

HP Envy 4

It's accompanied by the Envy 6 Sleekbook, a 15.6-incher - but with a 1366 x 768 resolution - equipped with second-gen Core i5 CPUs, 4GB of Ram, a 500GB HDD, Radeon HD 7670M graphics and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi.

In the states the Envy 6 starts at $800 (£496) and the Envy 4 at $700 (£434). Over here, prices start at £549 including VAT. The two machines ship here in July.

HP Envy Spectre XT

HP also introduced a true Ultrabook yesterday, the Envy Spectre XT, a 13.3in, 1366 x 768 machine with a 128GB SSD, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, HDMI and presumably - since HP avoided mentioning it - a processor from Intel's yet-to-be-launched Ivy Bridge Ultrabook series.

Clad all in metal, the XT is 14.5mm thick. HP said the XT is expected to be available end of June with a starting price of £899. ®

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