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As the much anticipated HP 20" HDX is on the horizon I thought it would be a good time to update everyone on what's happening on the inside.

It’s been awhile since I blogged on DailyTech. My new role as CTO of HP Gaming has left me almost breathless, thus I have found it difficult to keep up with the blog as of late. I wanted to start this article off to update you on what’s happening lately and I also wanted to speak a bit on the much anticipated HP 20” HDX.

As you may know, at HP we have three master brands, because no brand has endless elasticity and we want to serve multiple markets. We have Compaq, HP, and Voodoo. Compaq has been refreshed and is as lively a brand as ever – check out the new CQ logo, it’s pretty cool. We are witnessing great success in many markets with the Compaq brand. A typical Compaq is an aggressively priced no-nonsense series with straight forward configurations and top quality parts.

HP is positioned slightly higher than Compaq, with more configurability, more personalization, and certainly a broader range of quality devices. You have all probably seen the “Computer is Personal Again” campaign, and you’ll certainly see more of this as time goes on. Voodoo is at the top of the pyramid offering high touch configurations, a high level of personalization, fanatical customer service, and incredible performance.

The Voodoo brand allows us to take real innovations out of HP Labs and elsewhere within HP and integrate them into our devices quicker than normal. This brand positioning will start to make more sense in the coming months. Eight months after the acquisition of Voodoo things are rolling along intensely. Internally we have created a ton of excitement around our yet to be released product lines, and as we continue we are tweaking the business to allow us to move quicker.

These things take time, let’s not forget the official close date of the acquisition was October 1st, and we promise to start launching products in 2007. The best way I can describe this process is when Lamborghini and Audi got together they made some significant changes at both companies. As they leverage each others’ strengths they are creating some of the most fantastic cars in the world.

You guys have probably read the stories on the internet about the upcoming much anticipated HP 20” HDX notebook. I have personally seen this monster mature from when it was a wooden model to after it was born. First let’s start by saying that this notebook is absolutely kick ass, and whether they like it or not it’s going to rip the competitions odd looking 20” a new hole. There is no doubt in my mind that they will be oversold.

The design is lean and very compelling – it was designed for the higher end mainstream space, the unique hinge allows for a more natural feeling when using such a large display. The mechanicals are complex, yet so well designed that it’s somewhat amazing that the team pulled it off! The HP notebook team has done some amazing things in the last few years. Lately they have stepped out of the norm and started to create some extremely compelling designs that meet high form and function together. The HP 20” HDX was originally conceived by the notebook design team before the gaming business units was even setup! So to be clear, the gaming business did not design this notebook, which is pretty wild considering this notebook is perfect for gaming (I should mention that the HP 20” HDX plays games better than 98% of the gaming notebooks on the planet (with MAX MAX MAX settings) and it seems to be priced to compete). Yes, the media speculated, but the bottom line is notebooks take much longer than 8 months to complete.

This should give you a good indication of where we’re going, since the gaming group is fortunate enough to be able to knowledge share with the notebook team.

Since the acquisition we have been provided with resources to allow us to design compelling devices that we feel our customers will fall in love with. As such we are working to create some pretty masterful machines which you will see released in the future. Our systems are somewhat complex – and they are anything but conventional.

We are placing some big bets in this space, and believe me you will know when we launch a product. There will be absolutely no mistaking our creations for anything else. Of course I cannot explain why yet, but dreams will become reality very soon. Yeah I know, “talk talk talk”, but we think it’s better that we remind you that we’re still here – and that’s not going to change.

Rahul Sood
CTO HP Global Gaming

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By oTAL on 6/12/2007 5:44:42 AM , Rating: 5
Ok... I'll start off by saying I really enjoy reading what you write and I think you often have some very good insights into the business. But this article had very little info and a hole lot of hype/markting.
It did get the 20" model into my mind and I'll recognize it and check it out when I see it online or on a store. It increased the laptop value by markting...But it decreased YOUR value. It made it less likely I will click on your next post if I have little time to waste... it was bad for YOUR image.

What did the article really offer?
Specs? It is a 20" laptop...
Brand? It's an HP...
Anthing else? It's REALLY REALLY cool and pretty.....

Please don't take this the wrong way... I usually enjoy your articles and I'm just providing some feedback. This article sucks, but I'm pretty sure the next one will be better.
At least I'm glad to see your happy on your "new" job.

Best regards,

RE: Publicity...
By voodoopc on 6/12/2007 6:10:09 AM , Rating: 1
Hi Nuno, thanks for the constructive feedback! Tough crowd, Dailytech readers. ;)

I wish I could share more specs, this notebook is quite configurable, but until it's actually online I'm not sure if the complete specs will be shared. Sorry about that! - but here is a walk through that was done recently on it:

I just took Kristophers advice and came out of the "black hole" to give you guys an update on the gaming business, while cooling speculation on the source of the HDX (there is much speculation out there on it!)

As always I appreciate your comments.

RE: Publicity...
By voodoopc on 6/12/2007 6:18:09 AM , Rating: 2
"but until it's actually online I'm not sure if the complete specs will be shared. " should have read:

..but until it's actually online I'm not sure if the complete configurable specs will be revealed. In any case, check the link:

RE: Publicity...
By KristopherKubicki on 6/12/2007 7:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
Hi Rahul,

We actually have a bit of coverage here too:

RE: Publicity...
By Moishe on 6/12/2007 7:39:47 AM , Rating: 2
Hate to agree, but there is nothing about gaming or tech. This is an HP commercial in text form.

RE: Publicity...
By James Holden on 6/13/2007 1:55:13 AM , Rating: 2
What I don't get is why this notebook isn't using a G80 graphics. Two 7950s... OK, but a single 8800 would draw less power and give Dx10.

RE: Publicity...
By sdsdv10 on 6/12/2007 2:27:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry for the long post, but here are the specs from the review.

According to the article, the laptop will be a HP model with prices ranging from $3000 to $4000.

Intel® Centrino® Duo processor technology featuring Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor T7700
2.40 GHz, 4 MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB
4096MB DDR2 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Video Graphics
ATI™ Mobility Radeon™ HD 2600 XT with 256MB GDDR3 (dedicated) & up to 2048MB Total
Total Available Graphics Memory

Hard Drive
400GB (4200RPM) Hard Drive Dual HDD - 200GB x 2(SATA)

Finish and Features
HP Imprint Finish, Integrated Webcam & Integrated Fingerprint Reader

Multimedia Drive
HD DVD ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer

20.1” WSXGA+ High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)

Network Card

Integrated 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)
Intel PRO/Wireless 4965AGN Network Connection & Bluetooth ™ (j)

Digital Media
5-in-1 integrated Digital Media Reader for Secure Digital cards, MultiMedia cards, Memory
Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, or xD Picture cards

Altec Lansing (4 Panel Mounted and integrated HP Triple Bass Reflex Sub-Wolfer supporting
supporting up to 7.1 external speaker configurations)

101 key compatible keyboard with scroll bar and integrated numeric keypad - 3 quick launch
launch buttons
Pointing Device

PC Card Slots
1 ExpressCard/54 Slot (also supports ExpressCard/34)
External Notebook Ports

4 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0
2 Headphone out
1 w/Side Digital Audio
1 microphone-in
1 VGA (15-pin)
1 eSata
1 TV-Out (S-video)
1 RJ -45 (LAN)
1 Expansion Port 3
1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin)
1 Consumer IR (Remote Receiver)
Native External Speaker Configurations Ports
SPDIF, Rear, Center/Sub, Front
Integrated HP HDTV Hybrid TV Tuner: NTSC/ATSC (with F-Jack adaptor) input, S-Video Input,
Input, Blaster (IR emitter), Stereo Audio Input

18.7? (L) x 13.4? (W) x 2.3? (min H/max H)

What’s in the box
Mobile Stereo Earbud Headphones (1 pair)
HP HDX Dockable Media Center Remote Control

180W AC Adaptor
9-Cell Lithium-Ion battery

Operating System
Genuine Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit
Security and Support
Symantec Norton Internet Security 2007 (including 60 days complimentary live update)
HP Total Care Help & Support Center
PC Recovery (Softthinks Restore Solution)
Wireless Home Network
Roxio Backup MyPC
Productivity and Finance
Microsoft Works
Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition: 60 Day Trial Version
AOL Music
HP PhotoSmart Premier
HP Quick Play
Muvee AutoProducer
Roxio Creator Premier
Serif WebPlus 10
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Internet Solutions
Easy Internet Sign-up plans include:
AOL Dial-Up
Microsoft Internet Explorer

RE: Publicity...
By sdsdv10 on 6/12/2007 2:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
Here's a second preview article at

RE: Publicity...
By darkpaw on 6/14/2007 8:46:52 AM , Rating: 2
Just like the Dell 20" wtf is the point of

20.1” WSXGA+ High-Definition HP Ultra Brightview Widescreen Display (1680 x 1050)

Most 17" systems have a better display resolution then this. $4k for a laptop that can't even do full 1080 HD? This is one area where it could have been differentiated, but right now it mostly looks like it'll have a newer video card in a different form factor.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch
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