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HP Envy Spectre XT pre-orders now open, starts at $999.99 and ships June 22nd

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HP is now taking pre-orders for the Envy Spectre XT ultrabook, and it is expected to start shipping on June 22nd. The base configuration costs $999.99 and includes a 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD.

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Some bad news for those of you looking to get your hands on the HP Envy Spectre XT: it doesn't look like it'll make its originally-stated June 8th shipping date. The company is now taking pre-orders for its latest ultrabook, but it clearly states that the system won't start shipping until June 22nd. Thankfully, the price is unchanged: the $999.99 base configuration will include a 1.7GHz Core i5-3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a 720p webcam, and a 13.3-inch, 1366 x 768 display. Of course, if you're looking to bump up the specifications a bit you can get that price far past the $1,500 range. It'll cost you $300 to double the size of the SSD, and a 2GHz Core i7-3667U processor carries a $225 premium. Whether or not you believe that the ultrabook's design was "not due to Apple," you'll have to deal with dongles just like MacBook Air users — an HDMI to VGA dongle will cost you a cool $50. Lastly, business users will want to take note that a $100 upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate is required to enable the computer's TPM. If you're not sure whether the Envy Spectre XT is what you're looking for, be sure to check our hands-on impressions from last month.