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HP Launches mt42 Mobile Thin Client With AMD Carrizo Onboard

By - Source: Hewlett Packard

HP announced the specifications of its mt42 mobile thin client PC and made waves by proclaiming it had introduced the world's "thinnest, lightest and fastest" quad-core thin client system – an uncharacteristically bold claim by a company that is usually fairly modest about product releases, and in a market segment unaccustomed to that sort of grandiose pageantry.

Small, powerful and mobile seems to be the direction enterprise business infrastructures are headed, and HP may be trying to position itself as a leader in that segment with this latest announcement.

"The business world is moving to the cloud more and more, creating a demand for mobile-cloud endpoints that allow users to stay productive and secure on the go," said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager of Workstations and Thin Clients at HP, in a press release. "The HP mt42 gives our customers that exact kind of power and flexibility."

It's not that the mt42 isn't thin and light. The unit measures 13.3 x 9.3 x 0.81 inches and weighs only 3.4 pounds. HP was also able to pack plenty of connectivity into the device, despite its small size and weight. The left side of the notebook has a VGA port and two USB 3.0 ports, though only one of them has charging capabilities. The other side sports an audio/mic jack, a DisplayPort, a gigabit Ethernet port, a docking connector, the AC power plug and a coveted USB 3.1 Type-C connector.

Whether or not the HP mt42 is truly the thinnest and lightest thin client notebook "in the world" is another matter, but these claims will have little to no effect on a consumer's purchase, because weight and dimension are secondary driving factors in a decision, after performance.

It's not even that the HP mt42 isn't fast, either. Under the hood, an AMD Carrizo quad-core processor operating at 1.66 GHz and with a turbo frequency of 3.0 GHz should deliver excellent performance per watt with the new Excavator CPU cores (15 watt TDP). The AMD A8 PRO- 8600B APU has AMD Radeon R6 graphics onboard and is clocked at 720 MHz. The 4 GB of DDR3L-1600 SDRAM is also plenty fast for a thin client device.

HP packed plenty of features into the mt42, such as dual band 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, 32 GB of M.2 SSD storage, and a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). It may not actually be the thinnest, lightest or fastest thin client notebook in the world (or maybe it is), but the HP mt42 Mobile Thin Client should be no slouch in performance and could at the least be a top contender for those presumptuous assertions.

The HP mt42 Mobile Thin Client will be available sometime before the end of this year, and perhaps by then another will rise to claim the thin client throne, if they are fast enough, thin enough and light enough. HP is setting the bar pretty high with its latest offering.

Update, 8/28/15, 12:50am PT: A change was made to correct availability information.

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