AMD A-series (Llano) price announced by HP

Seth Barton
14 Jun 2011
HP Probook

HP announces Llano laptops with UK pricing

Following on from this morning's Llano announcement from AMD, HP has announced a range of Llano-powered laptops. some of which will be available in the UK within a couple of weeks.

Officially called the A-Series APUs, HP will be using the chips in four new ranges. The more consumer-orientated dv6 and dv7 laptops are expected in July and will cost from a very reasonable £599. Exact specifications aren't yet available for these models, but we'd expect them to be very similar to the current AMD-based ones, such as the HP Pavilion dv7-4035sa.

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In mid-august you can expect the HP ProBook 4535s, from £375 exc VAT, but leading the charge and fully-specified on HP's website is the HP ProBook 6465b, on sale from June 27th.

The HP ProBook 6465b costs from £490, actually £588 inc VAT. For that we're presuming you get the minimum specification listed on the site. That would consist of a dual-core A4-3310MX APU, which runs at 2.1GHz and can Turbo Core (AMD's equivalent of Intel's Turbo Boost technology) up to 2.5GHz - it has a 2MB L2 cache.

It's hard to know how this will compare to the quad-core 2.4GHz chip we recently tested. But it certainly isn't going to compete head-to-head with Intel's Sandy Bridge chips in terms of application performance.

Without seeing the final product it's impossible to make a judgement, but at first glance AMD seem to be in the right place when it comes to pricing for what must be considered (without criticism) a budget mobile processor.

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