We've been keeping a close eye on HP's new Envy 4 and Envy 6 ultrabooks since the company first listed them on its support page, and now we know both what the new laptops will look like, and what they have under the hood. A copy of the user manual posted in the Notebook Review forums contains a number of images, showing off a black, brushed-metal chassis, a full array of ports, and an acutely-angled lip under the trackpad echoed by the laptop's hinge.
The thread also contains what are purported to be leaked specs from HP's Channel Services site. If correct, the 4.74-pound Envy 6 is going to have the same 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 processor found in HP's Envy 14 Spectre rather than one of Intel's new ultra-low power Ivy Bridge processors, but adds a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7670M GPU with 2GB of VRAM for better graphics performance. Also, it looks like while the Envy 6 will have a bigger 15.6-inch screen, it will be at a disappointing 1366 x 768 resolution. For storage, HP is said to be going with a 500GB HD and smaller 32GB mSATA SSD combination setup instead of a single, bigger SSD, and it's adding support for up to 8GB of RAM — double the 14 Spectre's 4GB — which is good news for the photo and video crowd. The leaked specs also match the user manual's rundown of ports: two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, HDMI, ethernet, headphone out (the forum post says two while the user manual just shows one), and an SD card reader.
In China, though, it turns out the Envy 4 is already available for preorder. The smaller 14-inch, 3.85-pound ultrabook is will be available with either a 1.4GHz Core i3 or 1.6GHz Core i5, a 500GB HD (with the 32GB SSD available as an option), that same 1366 x 768 resolution, and a single headphone port. Chinese pricing falls between CNY 5,499 and CNY 6,299; or about $870 and $1000, although those prices won't necessarily translate when the Envy 4 lands in the US. There's still no official word from HP about US pricing or availability, but we'll update you when we hear something new.