updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue October 13, 2009
HP Pavilion dv8 comes with dv6, dv7 updates
HP this afternoon held a rare UK-first debut for one of its notebooks. The Pavilion dv8 is now HP's largest non-HDX notebook and carries an 18.4-inch, 1080p display that lets it replace a desktop. A 1.6GHz Core i7 and a dedicated GeForce GT 230M also put the dv8's performance closer to that goal.
Just a single model is available but at £1,300 ($2,051) but comes with high-spec features, including 4GB of RAM in a single slot, dual 320GB hard drives, a Blu-ray combo drive and 802.11n Wi-Fi. HP ships the system to the UK on October 22nd, Windows 7's launch day, but hasn't yet mentioned a US release.
Along with the dv8, the 15.6-inch dv6 and 17.3-inch dv7 have also received new upgrade options and give the pick of either a Turion II Ultra or a Core i7 for the processor as well as newer dedicated NVIDIA video and DDR3 memory. These newer configurations are equally due on October 22nd but leave base prices alone at £450 ($710) for the dv6 and £600 ($946) for the dv7.