HP Announces EliteBook Folio, The World’s Thinnest And Lightest Business-Class Notebook

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HP today revealed the new EliteBook Folio, the thinnest and lightest notebook HP has ever created. The EliteBook Folio is HP’s sleekest business-class notebook to date, at only 12.4 mm and it weighs under 1 kg. It comes with optional Ultra HD (UHD) 4K display, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, optional 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor and 10 hours of battery life.

Press Release:

The EliteBook Folio is a 12.5-inch diagonal notebook, featuring premium craftsmanship with a polished diamond-cut CNC aluminum body to deliver an ultra-thin design that provides strength and durability. Like the Elite family of devices, the EliteBook Folio is designed to pass MIL-STD tests, undergoing 120,000 hours of HP’s Total Test Process3 .

As work becomes something accomplished in different locations throughout the day, the 145-degree angle of a typical notebook can be restrictive to productivity. To address this, the EliteBook Folio has a 180-degree piano hinge, allowing the device to open completely flat, giving users greater flexibility and the ability to easily share and collaborate with others around them. The device also comes with the full-size, highly acclaimed HP Premium Keyboard, a Windows 10 gesture-enabled clickpad, and two USB-C™ ports with Thunderbolt™ 3 for fast data transfers and 4K displays. Users can ditch the dongles with the optional HP USB-C™ Travel Dock.

The edge-to-edge glass display of the EliteBook Folio also has an optional Ultra HD (UHD) 4K display, which provides a paper-like display with stunning detail, made possible by an incredible pixel density of 352 pixels per inch. The UHD panel enables 95 percent of the Adobe RGB gamut to make images more vivid and life-like.

For people who require all-day productivity and performance, HP worked with Microsoft Corp. and Intel on the development of the EliteBook Folio, tuning device drivers and the design to optimize performance and battery life. The device includes Windows 10 Pro and is built with an optional 6th generation Intel® Core™ M vPro™ processor4,5 , optimized for high performance and efficiency. This gives the EliteBook Folio the optimal blend of beauty, power, fanless operation and up to 10 hours of battery life6 . The design and materials of the device also allowed HP engineers to maximize space for an HP Long Life Battery, built to last more than three years 7.

Built to Connect with Others

People are using their notebooks to connect with colleagues, friends and family more than ever before. Customers shared that using their notebook for calling and conferencing with others still has its challenges. That’s why HP and Microsoft’s Skype for Business team worked closely on the development of the EliteBook Folio to create the first notebook purpose-built for collaboration 8 .

“Microsoft and HP engineers worked closely on the development of the EliteBook Folio for more than a year to deliver the best Skype for Business experience,” said Eric Wilfrid, director of product, Skype for Business, Microsoft. “The result is a device that offers a premium collaboration experience when speaking or listening to calls using Skype for Business.”

HP also partnered with Bang & Olufsen acoustical engineers to custom-tune the audio for a precise sound experience for personal and business use. The quality of components and emphasis on surrounding engineering of the notebook helped achieve a 40 percent increase in loudness compared to previous HP devices so the Folio can be used as a phone. The four speakers on the device are optimized from sound to size for the spoken word but are providing an equally superb experience when listening to music or watching videos.

Juggling between windows to end or mute a call is no longer an issue with new collaboration keys on the keyboard to more easily manage calls, and a calendar key allows users to quickly jump to a Skype for Business calendar rather than navigating from the desktop.

The HP EliteBook Folio is expected to be available in March at HP.com starting at $999.

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