HP has released its two latest Windows 8.1 based business-oriented ultra portable notebooks, the HP Elitebook Folio 1020 stranded and HP Elitebook Folio 1020 Special Edition.
Based on Intel’s Broadwell architecture the two notebooks have successfully passed the military-grade (MIL-STD 810G) tests for drop and shock. This probably should add on with the notebooks longevity and of course carrying it out on business trips should definitely give peace-of-mind. The “always on” feature helps tracking the new Elitebook Folio 1020 laptops even when they are put off. And in case of theft, the company states that the users can remove their data from the Elitebooks remotely.
Specs of the new HP EliteBook Folio 1020 laptops:
The ultra-thin notebooks are made available in two variants, one the basic and the other is a special edition. With just 15.7mm thick, the Elitebook Folio 1020 weighs up to 1.2kg while the Elitebook Folio 1020 Special Edition weighs 1.029kg being the lighter of the two. The Special Edition to achieve this weight uses an elite blend of reusable carbon fiber and magnesium-lithium alloy. At this point we can consider the 2014 released 13-inch MacBook Air that weighs 1.35kg at 17mm thickness.
The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 comes with a 12.5 inch full-HD display screen along with optional touch features and the default resolution being 1920×1080 while the special edition comes with 12.5 inch quad-HD display with no optional touchscreen but with 2560×1440 as the default resolution.
With 9 hours battery life, the laptops contain an Intel Core-M processor each with 8GB of RAM. The SSD hard drive storage ranges from 128GB to 256GB. For noise-free operation both the models are fan-less.
Other Special Features owing to business users:
As the new HP EliteBook Folio 1020 laptops are business users targeted they include the following:
- Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2/2.0(6),
- a proprietary enterprise port,
- HP Client Management Solutions.
- pre-boot authentication
- fingerprint reader
- Intel vPro technology
- HP’s Sure Start self-healing BIOS – this is mainly to protect the device, identity and data of its users.
Apart from the above another special feature of the Folio 1020 laptops is that they become the first EliteBooks to have a newly designed premium keyboard implemented on them which is boosted to add up more steady feel on every key pressed. The Folio 1020 EliteBooks also carry an integrated 720p webcam along with front HD audio speakers that come with HP Noise Reduction Software and DTS Studio Sound to help with conferencing tasks.
Visually the EliteBooks look more similar to an Apple MacBook Air with the HP logo on its front lid. So for those who want to have a Windows-based alternative, the Folio 1020 EliteBooks do serve the best choice that which comes with still more pro features added. With these new EliteBook Folio 1020 notebooks, it appears that HP not only getting inspired by the design has also tried its best to get something that is still thinner and lighter than the Apple MacBook Air.
With no clue given about the prices, the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Standard Edition is expected to be available in February while the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition might take up to April next year with the prices to be revealed near the launch dates.
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