CES 2016: HP announces EliteBook Folio and new PC line-up

HP Spectre x360

HP opens the CES by announcing HP EliteBook Folio and a consumer premium PC line-up.

The new notebook model, HP EliteBook Folio, is the thinnest and lightest from the company till date and the hybrid PC line-up has been renovated to improve customer usage.

With a 4K UHD display and a pixel density of 352 pixels per inch, the notebook claims to be 21 percent slimmer and up to 15 percent lighter than the award-winning HP EliteBook 1020, at only 12.4 and under 1 kg. HP also provides a full-size HP Premium Keyboard, a Windows 10 gesture-enabled clickpad, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 for data transfers and 4K displays, and a HP USB-C Travel Dock so that the user won’t need a dongle; alongside the notebook.

The 12.5-inch sized, diamond-cut CNC aluminum embodied, diagonal notebook features a 180-degree piano hinge allowing the device to open completely flat, works on Windows 10 Pro and is built with an optional 6th generation IntelCore M vPro processor, with HP Long Life Battery, built to last more than three years giving 10 hours of battery backup.

Bang & Olufsen partnership with HP resulted in a 40 percent increase in loudness compared to previous HP devices.

HP also announced the HP EliteBook 1040 G3 and the new HP EliteBook 800 G3 series which function on Windows 10 Pro, 6th generation Intel Core vPro processors, PCIe Gen3 SSD10, and DDR4 memory. The thin and light EliteBook 1040 uses the same all-aluminum diamond cut design as the new EliteBook Folio and the EliteBook 800 series has a silver magnesium and aluminum body.

The devices feature Audio by Bang & Olufsen, HP Noise Reduction Software and HP Clear Sound Amp to provide better platform for apps like Skype for Business. The EliteBook 800 series is available in 12.5-inch, 14.0-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal HD, FHD, QHD or UHD screens11; while the EliteBook 1040 offers a choice of either FHD or QHD screens12.

The newly launched products are to be available in the first quarter of the year 2016.

Also, HP revealed a 15.6″ diagonal PC line-up that packs a 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) display option with wide viewing angles of more than 8 million pixels, Audio by Bang & Olufsen, all CNC aluminum chassis, optional Intel Iris graphics, full size 1.5 millimeter travel backlit keyboard with an extra wide touchpad, improved battery life with 64.5 Whr battery and weighs from four pounds and is 15.9 millimeters thin. The new HP Spectre x360 is to be the thinnest and lightest 15.6″ diagonal convertible PC yet, claims the company.

HP Spectre x360 also provides 6th generation IntelCore i5 and i7 processors with a fast SSD up to 512GB7, for increased speed. It comes with notebook mode for work, stand mode for viewing entertainment, tent mode as a presentation tool or tablet mode for browsing the news. The HP Spectre x360 inculcates three USB 3.0 ports with Sleep and Charge and one USB-Type-C connector that supports up to 5GB of data transfer and can charge peripherals, a mini display port, HDMI and audio jack.

HP also announced a Quad HD OLED display option for the 13.3″ diagonal HP Spectre x360 to give better viewing options. The OLED display is thinner and decreases the weight of the device by 50 grams while providing higher color gamut at 103% v/s 72% on WLED displays along-with optional Intel Iris graphics and up to 1 TB of SSD storage.

An OLED display option has also been added to the 13.3″ diagonal HP Spectre x360 for brighter visuals.

A 12.1″ diagonal display addition has been made to the new HP Pavilion x2 featuring a larger tablet design to ensure ease of use.

“Screen quality — including resolution, brightness and contrast — are increasingly important to customers creating and viewing rich media content on their personal systems, and PCs are no exception,” said Mike Nash, vice president, customer experience and portfolio strategy, personal systems, HP Inc. “To deliver experiences that amaze, HP is bringing OLED and 4K displays as an option on the new HP Spectre x360 13.3″ and 15.6″ convertible PCs, respectively.”

HP has also unveiled a 12.1″ diagonal version of Pavilion x2 detachable PC for customers with a thin and light metal tablet design, Intel processors, a variety of storage options and a high-resolution display. With 130 degree tilt latchless magnetic connector and a full-size keyboard with 1.5 millimeters travel and a 54 x 98 millimeter touchpad, it comes with up to 8 hours and 15 minutes of battery life, and weighs 1.6 pounds and is just 8.4 millimeters thin. The tablet with keyboard is 3.23 pounds and is 15.3 millimeters and is one of the thinnest 2-in-1 PCs in the Pavilion line-up. The 12″ diagonal has Full HD+ display (1920 x 1280) providing 18 percent more vertical space.

Customers have choice of processors including Intel Atom 6 with 64 GB eMMC or 6th generation Intel Core M processors with 128 GB or 256 GB SSD storage for productivity and multimedia. Featuring a USB Type-C connector to charge and power the device and enable data transfer over the latest generation USB 3.0, a micro HDMI port to connect to an external display or TV, and a full-size USB 2.0 port to attach external devices without a dongle, it comes with two front facing speakers by B&O.

The 15.6″ diagonal HP Spectre x360 and the 12.1″ diagonal HP Pavilion x2 are to be available by February, 2016 while 13.3″ diagonal HP Spectre x360 is expected to be available in spring 2016.


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