It looks like HP is rolling out a replacement to the 12.1″ HP Pavilion tx2500z. It’s the 12.1″ HP Pavilion TouchSmart tx2 / tx2z, and it’s the first true consumer notebook that takes advantage of multitouch navigation when using the HP MediaSmart software.
It’s a convertible – you can convert it between a normal laptop / notebook form factor and a Tablet PC form factor. You can use either the multitouch navigation or a stylus in either of the modes. There is also an HP Mini Remote Control that’s included for multimedia or presentation navigation, and it conveniently fits in the ExpressCard/34 slot when not in use.
The TouchSmart part of it – you can use two fingers with the HP MediaSmart software to zoom in and out and drag images and selections around, among other things.
It’s powered by AMD’s Turion X2 and Ultra X2 CPUs, and takes up to 8GB of RAM (and you can choose 64-bit Microsoft Windows Vista as an option, to take advantage of that memory).
I’m not sure of the availability outside of the US at this time, but it’s already up for pre-order at Amazon (TX2-1020US – 4GB RAM, 320GB HD), and it’ll probably be available worldwide. Ordering the base model (starting at $1,149.99) on HP’s Pavilion Notebook site shows a date of December 8, 2008.
Thanks to Tim for the links.