HP Envy 13 and 15 - Specs, Photos, Price, Video - Macbook Pro Unibody Clone?

When Hewlett Packard acquired Voodoo Computers in September 2006, the former also took upon the responsibility of carrying on Voodoo's tradition of creating luxury computers targeted towards the most demanding consumers. These machines are in no way cheap but the price is definitely matched with the products' quality architecture and high performance specs. So I guess it's kind of understandable that HP takes its time in releasing computers under this line. Actually, until a few days ago, HP has only released 2 products under Voodoo: Voodoo Envy 133 (Laptop) and Firebird (Desktop).

Envy 133 from 2008 pretty much kept the traditional design or the signature architecture of the original Voodoo Envy line...

Structured with sharp edges and definitely sleek. Like how Envy should be done.
courtesy of Obsessable

... that's why the whole tech community was shocked when HP finally unveiled the 'look' of its newest Envy laptops earlier this week. Check out HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15:

Envy 13 - Profile Shot

Envy 15 - Front View

I know. Looks nothing like the previous one. And if I were to describe them, I'd say they're a spitting image of Apple's Macbook Pro Unibody line - complete with the rounded corners, the glass clickpad and the anodized aluminum case (The new Envy case is made of light Magnesium Alloy coated with Aluminum). Apple's design peeps must be flattered big time.

Apple Macbook Pro

Why the sudden change of design direction HP?

“HP ENVY includes the latest in materials and technology inside and out and pushes the technological and performance boundaries of what can be done in sleek, powerful and lightweight notebook PCs,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Discerning consumers will get a premium experience and performance.”

With HP ENVY, the focus is on designing an entire premium experience to satisfy the most demanding customers – from the products to the packaging to the service and support.

Breakthrough HP Metal Etching on the lid and palmrest of the ENVY 15, and on the palmrest of the ENVY 13, subtly signals luxury. The combination of materials provides exceptional mobility and a compelling metal look and feel, while using energy-responsible manufacturing methods.

Detailed Etching on the cover of Envy 15 -- but the case still looks like a Macbook Pro.

Uhm, alright.
But what about the innards? Does it still carry Voodoo 'genes' somehow?

Thankfully, yes. Wait til you see the specs.

The HP ENVY line – building upon the Voodoo ENVY legacy – includes leading-edge components optimized to yield power and performance. [via HP]

Here are what's inside courtesy of Nexus404:

HP Envy 13 (Specifically Envy 13-1050el) Key Specifications

13″ LED Backlit Display
1.86GHz Intel Core Duo SL9400 with 8MB cache
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4330 with 512MB onboard memory
LAN 10/100/1000, WLAN (802.11a/g/n) and Bluetooth
2 x USB, 1 x HDMI, Headphone/ Mic
4 or 6 Cell Battery Pack
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) OS
Dimensions: 32.0cm x 21.5cm x 2.05cm
Weight: 1.7KG

HP Envy 15 (Specifically Envy 15-1060el) Key Specifications:

15.6″ LED Backlit Display
1.6GHz Intel Core i7-720QM CPU with 6MB L2 cache
320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 Graphics with 1GB onboard memory
LAN 10/100/1000, WLAN (802.11a/g/n) and Bluetooth
2 x USB, 1 x HDMI, 1 x combo eSATA + USB, 1 x RJ45, Headphone/Mic
6 Cell Battery Pack
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) OS
Dimensions: 38.0cm x 24.4cm x 2.65 m
Weight: 2.35KG

Core i7, 4GB of RAM -- That's raw power.

HP Envy 13 and HP Envy 15 are set for an October release, running for $1,700 (Php 81,600 *ccbt) and $1,800 (Php 86,400 *ccbt) respectively.

Here's the demo video:

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