Over the weekend before CES 2021 officially kicked off, HP unveiled its new Elite Folio convertible. It’s similar to the Spectre Folio that launched a couple of years ago, but it makes a few new choices. It’ll go on sale this February for a yet-to-be-disclosed price.
HP says the new Elite Folio is covered in “vegan leather” which will undoubtedly feel cheaper than the genuine leather-covered Spectre Folio from 2018. The device itself is slightly taller thanks to the new 13.3-inch Full HD 16:10 display. It also includes a silo for the stylus that comes with the devices below the screen.
Perhaps the starkest change here is in terms of processing. Instead of an Intel Y-series chipset, the new Elite Folio comes with Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chipset. This should make the experience much snappier, but not on par with the performance from, say, an 11th-gen Intel processor available on other HP laptops.
Because it comes with a Snapdragon processor, HP gives you the option to purchase a model with either a Snapdragon X20 or X55 modem. The former gives you 4G LTE connectivity while the latter has 5G. There’s also a most that’s Wi-Fi-only, if that’s more your speed.
Rounding off the spec sheet, the Elite Folio can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of M.2 SSD storage, and a Sure View Reflect privacy display for security. HP says the device should last up to 24.5 hours on a single charge (notably impressive, I might add). There are also a couple of USB-C ports in addition to a headphone jack, an HD webcam with a built-in privacy shutter, and Wi-Fi 6.
In the coming weeks, I’ll do my best to get my hands on a review sample. Stay tuned.
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