updated 12:25 pm EDT, Fri August 12, 2011
HP TouchSmart 520 spoiled early
HP is planning a major, much slicker redesign of its TouchSmart all-in-ones. An escaped promo video shows the TouchSmart 520 having a considerably slimmer design more akin to the iMac but with its own design touches. The easel-like frame intercepted by Engadget would change to use "sweeping support arms" that would allow for easily pivoting the display.
Hardware features are slim besides an HD-level screen and Beats audio processing. It's possible HP is using a new software loadout as it talks about having a 'canvas' with many apps on one large, continuous virtual desk space.
HP usually reserves bigger desktop redesigns for CES, but the early appearance would leave the door open to a fall release. Promo videos are often made relatively soon before a product arrives and could have it ready for the early fall.