HP upped the ante in the ultra-portable notebook category with the addition of the Core i5 and Core i7 processor to its 12 inch EliteBook models. The standard 2540p and the convertible 2740p are part of HP’s ultra-tough business lineup and meet MIL-STD 810G military-standards for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures. The EliteBook 2540p includes a 12.1-inch diagonal LED display, integrated Intel HD graphics, optional 2-megapixel webcam, SATA II hard drive up to 250GB or SSD drive up to 160GB, Integrated Intel Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 NIC), 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, optional HP Mobile Broadband (powered by Gobi) with GPS, optional optical DVD drive, a generous amount of ports and slots and Windows 7 with a Windows XP downgrade option. The Elitebook 2740P is similarly configured with the addition of a touchscreen display with outdoor-view option for tablet functionality. Both EliteBook models are expected to arrive stateside next month with the EliteBook 2540p starting at $1,099 and the EliteBook 2740p starting at $1,599.