HP Brings Kaby Lake to Elitebook, Spectre, Envy AIO

HP aims to make its presence felt during CES this year with updates to the Elitebook x360, the Spectre x360, and the curved Envy All-in-One PCs, all targeted towards a more premium segment of the market. The revisions include updated Kaby Lake processors, more storage, and, in the case of the Envy AIO, a total facelift.

Finally, the company announced the Sprout Pro G2 AIO workstation with updated software features, a wide touchpad display, stylus, and camera to provide an immersive experience for educational, industrial, and similar use cases.

Let’s take a closer look.

Elitebook x360

HP’s updated Elitebook x360 1030 G2 features the same 360° mobility as its predecessor. It will also include Intel’s 7th generation Core processors, up to an i7-7600U; 16GB of DDR4-2133 memory; multiple storage options; and a 13.3” display in either FHD or UHD resolutions. HP aims for the new Elitebook x360 to fulfill an enterprise role while still maintaining consumer appeal by combining design, security, and collaboration features.

HP opts for a CNC-fabricated unibody with diamond cut accents and an “Asteroid Silver” finish. Mobility is also crucial to the design, so the Elitebook x360 weighs 2.82lbs and is about 0.59” thick. The Elitebook’s internal layout and copper heat fins are intended to maximize heat dissipation. HP states the Elitebook x360’s battery lasts as long as 15 hours and 15 minutes and can be charged to 50% in 30 minutes. Further, the Elitebook x360 withstands 12 MIL-STD 810G tests for shocks, drops, vibrations, and extreme climates.

HP has added a variety of security features, including HP Sure Start, which prevents attacks of the system BIOS by restoring your BIOS within 30 seconds if it’s somehow corrupted or attacked, according to HP. The company will also implement Sure View in several of the new Elitebook models; this technology provides privacy by preventing outsiders beyond a certain angle from viewing the display. Windows 10 lets users authenticate with either the Elitebook’s IR camera or fingerprint sensor via Windows Hello.

To create a collaboration-focused experience, HP designates several of the Elitebook’s function keys for Skype for Business, namely the mute/unmute, share screen, answer call, and end call functions. The Elitebook will also be accessible through HP’s Workwise application, through which users can remotely lock their systems, detect tampering, monitor performance and temperatures, and automatically install printer drivers.

Pricing for the HP Elitebook x360 is yet to be revealed, but models will start shipping at the end of the month.


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