Hewlett-Packard announced today the refreshed HP EliteBook premium-class business laptop lineup for 2015. The stars of the show are the extremely thin and light 12.5-inch HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 and 1020 G1 Special Edition (SE). The standard edition weighs in at 2.7 pounds, while the SE made of magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fiber has an expected or “pending” weight 2.2 pounds. Both have the same thickness of just 0.62″.
The upcoming 1020 EliteBooks are based on the latest 5th Generation Intel Core M series “Broadwell” power-efficient processors. The manufacturer claims the design is fanless. The display resolution is Full HD or optionally Quad HD 2560×1440, while for data storage there are solid state drives. Touchscreen is optional on the non-SE model. The battery life will be up to nine hours, according to HP. These military-grade durable laptops include advanced enterprise-class features such as Intel vPro system management support, and Trusted Platform Module, fingerprint readers, and self-encrypting SSDs for a batter security. Hewlett-Packard also highlights the newly designed keyboard with an “optimized” key response.
The rest of the 2015 EliteBook laptop lineup with displays ranging from 11.6″ to 15.6″ and convertible 2-in-1 design on the smallest model called Revolve will sport the “latest generation” Intel Core processors, presumably 5th Gen Broadwell. That’s the most significant upgrade on the EliteBook 700 and 800 series, but the PC maker has also added some extra perks such as HP TouchPoint Manager cloud-based management solution. Judging from the press release and model names, chassis designs will remain unchanged. That’s not necessarily a downside, since the current models are good lookers and provide user-friendly component upgradeability via easily removable bottom covers.
The new HP EliteBook 700 and 800 (G2) series will start shipping next month, followed by the standard Folio 1020 in February 2015. The 1020 SE will arrive in April. Pricing is yet to be determined.