HP has taken the lid off some details regarding the upcoming replacements for the 15.6-inch Pavilion dv6t and the 17.3-inch dv7t. Not surprisingly, the specs include Ivy Bridge processors and a mobile Nvidia Kepler GPU in the dv7t.The specification pages are no longer available on HP’s website, but they still show up in search results and have been quoted by numerous tech sites. Other than the dv6t and dv7t, a new Pavilion dv4t has also been spotted, and this one is equipped with a quad-core Ivy Bridge CPU and an older (40nm) GT 630M graphics card. It is nevertheless considerably more powerful than the current dv4t, which only ships with dual-core processors and integrated graphics.
The same goes for the dv6t-7000; a Core i7-3610QM is combined with a GeForce GT 630M and 1600MHz RAM. If this GPU is part of the final specifications for the new dv6t (and not upgradable) it is something of a letdown, as it would not be more powerful than the Radeon HD 7690M in the current dv6t Quad Edition. On the other hand, the pages may have been taken down for a reason and the specifications could be revised before launch.
HP’s new Pavilion dv7-7000, on the other hand, was listed with a considerably more powerful GeForce GT 650M with 2GB of GDDR5 from Nvidia’s latest batch, as well as a faster Core i7-3720QM running on the Intel HM77 Express chipset. All of the new HP laptops also come with USB 3.0 ports.
As for the design, not much appears to have changed from the previous models–they must naturally avoid competing with the exclusive designs in the (more expensive) Envy lineup. In all likelihood we should expect an official launch of the new HP laptops sometime in April.