updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon September 28, 2009
HP Pavilion dv8 details confirmed
HP inadvertently confirmed its own notebook plans this morning by posting specs of its own in a technical brief. The Pavilion dv8 (not yet pictured) will be its first 18.4-inch notebook and its second system after the Envy 15 to use a mobile Core i7 processor. While it's unclear if there will be multiple stock configurations, the one model on show has the base 1.6GHz Core i7, which can clock up to 2.8GHz when less than four cores are needed.
The system is also shown as having mid-range graphics, with a 1GB GeForce GT 230M as stock, and being targeted at a home theater PC audience with a Blu-ray combo drive and a Dolby-capable 2.1-channel speaker system. HP's trim also gives it 4GB of RAM minimum (8GB maximum) and 640GB of hard drive space split between two disks.
No clues are given as to the release other than the choice of operating system. As the dv8 comes preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium, it's unlikely to be available before the new Microsoft OS ships on October 22nd.