During the online CES 2021 event this year, HP announced the 2021 version of the HP Elite Folio, which will feature 5G too when it launches. HP expects to be able to release it in February from $1499.
This is the third generation HP Elite Folio, and while it has the look of a 2-in-1, the screen is not detachable, as the hinges and faux leather back cover is an integrated part of this computer. But, the screen can rotate around 360 degrees into tablet mode, so that classifies it a convertible.
HP haven’t fully announced the specific US model options yet, but there are typically three model choices. The revealed specs so far, says a Qualcomm 8cx Gen 2 3.15 GHz chipset, with up to 16GB LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 512GB SSD storage.
The 13.5-inch screen is no match for a Surface Pro though, as the resolution is just Full HD 1920 x 1280, with Gorilla Glass 5 on top of the display.
Other specs are of course optional 5G or 4G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, a spill resistant keyboard, 2x USB C ports, Bang & Olufsen quad speakers, and IR and front webcam with privacy shutters.
The design has changed in a couple of ways. For starters it is now black and not dark brown any longer. Secondly the vegan leather can now only be fond on the back of the keyboard and tablet, and then thirdly we can unmistakably see that the keyboard has been been provided its own pen holder, like a Surface Pro X.
We’ll update once HP releases all the specific details for the US models they intend to launch, which HP expects will be next month.
– Tom Bowen