Looking for that new touch screen device to launch in mid July? How about the HP TouchSmart 2, and more cool new hardware

A big day over at Hewlett Packard's launch event in Germany, and a lure for those in the market for a new PC-- notebook and all-in-one (AIO) models. Read the general news feed here...

As Brittany Petersen of PC Magazine reports today that at HP's "Connecting Your World" event, in addition to a host of new notebook PCs, there's a new version of the HP TouchSmart called, well, the TouchSmart 2.  The new models (IQ506 2 IQ506) boast larger screens, bigger processors and more memory than previous versions (the IQ770):

"HP TouchSmart PC frontLike the IQ770, the new TouchSmart PCs unveiled today—the IQ504 and IQ506—feature a natural interface that can be activated with a finger tap, and are focused on digital entertainment media with an emphasis on photos, music, TV, and games.

"Significant changes in the new generation are larger screen sizes—from 19 inches to a 22-inch, high-definition widescreen display—and double the RAM, from 2GB to 4GB. Other specs include an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, a memory card reader, a DVD burner, a 320GB (IQ504) or 500GB (IQ506) hard drive, and an integrated WLAN. Like the IQ770, the new models will come loaded with Windows Vista Home Premium. The IQ506 (but not the IQ504) comes with a dual-format NTSC or over-the-air ATSC high-definition TV tuner."

It's thinner and a little more elegant than the original TouchSmart design. The new models are due out in stores next month, and at relatively low price points: the IQ504  starts at $1,299, the IQ506 at $1,499. 

Finally, a new AIO for the home. And it looks wicked.

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