HP Adds Capacitive Multi-Touch to HP 2740p

I think we all suspected that touch was coming to HP’s Elitebook 2740p Tablet PC, the successor to the popular 2730p. We were right. HP has juiced the processor and added capacitive touch to the 2740p and for those who think it looks very similar to its predecessor you’re also correct.

HP has also made Core i5 and Core i7 processors available in addition to the standard low voltage option but this Elitebook Tablet line has always had a range of configurable options. I’m very glad to see that continue. The capacitive touch screen is WXGA also has anti-glare and outdoor viewable options.

HP is also continuing to offer the slice battery and the ultra-think docking station which have been popular options.

You can see a full range of specs below. We’re looking at a starting price of $1600 when it becomes available in April.

Operating systemGenuine Windows® 7 Professional 32
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional 64
Windows XP Professional (available through downgrade rights from Genuine Windows® 7 Professional)
Genuine Windows Vista® Business 32
Processors availableLearn more about HP notebooks and Intel Centrino vPro technology

Intel® Core™ i7-620M Processor (2.66 GHz, 4 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-540M Processor (2.53 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)
Intel® Core™ i5-520M Processor (2.40 GHz, 3 MB L3 cache)

Specialized DesignHP 3D DriveGuard; Intel® Core™ i5 with vPro/Intel® Core™ i7 with vPro technology capable
Memory2 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
4 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
(Alll memory bus runs at a maximum of 1066 MHz)
Memory upgradeUpgradeable to 8 GB
Memory slots2 SODIMM
Hard drive160 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II
250 GB 5400 rpm 1.8-inch SATA II
80 GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive
160 GB 1.8-inch Solid State Drive
Display size12.1″
GraphicsIntel® HD Graphics
Microsoft DirectX 10 (Shader 4.0) and OpenGL 2.0 capable
Integrated cameraOptional 2 MP webcam with Business Card Reader Software
Audio, Slots, and Ports
I/O Ports3 USB 2.0
1 external VGA monitor
1 1394a
1 combo stereo headphone/mic jack
1 AC power
1 RJ-11
1 RJ-45
1 docking connector
1 secondary battery connector
Slots1 Express Card/34
1 Smart Card Reader
1 Secure Digital
AudioHigh Definition Audio support w/24-bit DAC; Integrated stereo speakers; Integrated dual-microphone array; Touch-sensitive controls for volume up, volume down, and mute; Combo headphone/mic jack
Communication features
Network interfaceIntegrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC)
WirelessOptional HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi™) with GPS; Intel Centrino 802.11a/b/g/n; Broadcom 802.11a/b/g/n; Broadcom 802.11b/g; HP Integrated Module with Bluetooth® 2.1 Wireless Technology
Broadband service providerAT&T, Sprint or Verizon Wireless
Product specifications
WeightStarting at 3.80 lb (1.72 kg)
Dimensions (w x d x h)11.42 x 8.35 x 1.25 in
Energy Efficiency
Battery6-cell (44 WHr) Li-Ion; HP Long Life 6-cell (39 WHr) Li-Ion
Power supplyExternal 65-watt Smart AC adapter; HP Fast Charge
Security managementStandard: HP ProtectTools, Integrated Smart Card Reader, HP Fingerprint Sensor, TPM Embedded Security Chip 1.2, Kensington Lock slot, Enhanced Pre-Boot Security, HP Spare Key (requires initial user setup), HP Disk Sanitizer; Enhanced Drive Lock, Drive Encryption for HP ProtectTools, Credential Manager for HP ProtectTools, File Sanitizer for HP ProtectTools
Optional: LoJack for HP ProtectTools, McAfee Security Solution
Service and Support
WarrantyHP Services includes a one-year or three-year standard parts and labor warranty (depending on model), pick-up or carry-in, and toll-free 7 x 24 hardware technical phone support. On-site service and warranty upgrades are also available.


  1. Jason

    03/01/2010 at 8:12 am

    does this mean it uses both touch and a pen for inking?


  2. Warner Crocker

    03/01/2010 at 8:47 am

    That’s what it means.


  3. Andy

    03/01/2010 at 9:50 am

    This is fantastic news… I have a 2710p and love it but so need the extra power that the i5 or i7 will bring. Also top marks for keeping compatibility with the existing slice battery and dock. When can I get one in the UK????!!!??


  4. GoodThings2Life

    03/01/2010 at 10:49 am

    My boss and I just agreed… we’re going to buy two for us and hand our 2730p’s down to other users. Mmmmm multi-touch!


  5. smh

    03/01/2010 at 12:00 pm

    hm..expected update, but would be more nice if the price was lowered.


  6. SAM

    03/01/2010 at 12:58 pm

    Is this one gonna be larger. My 2710 is only 11.5″ long


  7. Xavier

    03/01/2010 at 1:16 pm

    SAM- I’ll double check on the dimensions. I had the chance to play with one and it feels identical in shape/size as the 2730p.


  8. Michael

    03/01/2010 at 5:21 pm

    Is this also wacom like the TM2 series?

    I like the 2730P since they added back the tracpad missing in the 2710Ps, and with multitouch and a powerful processor, it might be a good replacement for my aging tx2510.


  9. Scott

    03/01/2010 at 6:03 pm

    At 35W max, they won’t last long on battery power…okay for a sometimes mobile tablet, but not so cool for one that’s on the road a lot

    They could offer the 18W UM or the 25W LM i7 (1.06ghz or 2.0ghz) for those that want long life.

    Overall, HP is really stepping up with the tablets. Yay!


  10. scoobie

    03/01/2010 at 6:31 pm

    I’d like something like this but with HDMI out – any ideas?


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