Ahead of CES this week, HP announced a new PC, the HP EliteBook Folio, featuring Windows 10 Pro and a sleek premium design. This new PC was built in collaboration with Microsoft and Skype for Business to deliver a first-class experience for users. It is the thinnest and lightest notebook HP has ever created, designed from the ground up to take advantage of the latest technology from Microsoft and Intel.
It is 21 percent slimmer, at only 12.4 mm – as thin as a AA-battery – and up to 15 percent lighter, weighing just under 1 kg. The edge-to-edge glass display 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. It will be available for purchase beginning in March 2016 at HP.com.
Built to Connect with Others
People are using their notebooks to connect with colleagues, friends and family more than ever before. 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.
“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 and are providing an equally superb experience when listening to music or watching videos.
Juggling between projects 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.
New Level of Premium Design and Performance
The EliteBook Folio features striking craftsmanship with polished diamond-cut super fine and sleek edges and a CNC aluminum body to deliver a design that provides strength and durability. CNC aluminum is a very light, pliable, yet durable metal that allows for maximum weight to strength ratios. 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 Process.
HP worked with Microsoft and Intel on the development of the EliteBook Folio, tuning device drivers and the design to optimize performance and battery life for people who require all-day productivity and performance. The PC comes with Windows 10 Pro and is built with an optional 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor 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 life.
Premium Security and Manageability
IT no longer has to trade off form for function or introduce potential risks into their corporate environment with HP’s Elite family of premium PCs. These devices, including the new EliteBook Folio, are more secure and more manageable than previous generations, designed to delight IT professionals tasked with managing and securing their company’s fleet of devices. HP’s built-in, not bolted on security features include: HP Client Security Software Suite, certified TPM, enhanced BIOS-level protection with HP Sure Start with Dynamic Protection, and an optional hardened fingerprint reader.
For additional manageability support, HP also offers customers additional manageability tools like HP Touchpoint Manager, HP Image Assistant and an optional Intel Core vPro processor so IT can remotely manage the device over wired and wireless networks. HP Touchpoint Manager now features software inventory and deployment, as well as patch management, and support for BYOD devices, expanding the IT admin’s ability to secure and optimize devices from a single dashboard.