HP Announces New Elite, Envy, and Folio PCs

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Mobile with 19 Comments

With a virtual CES 2021 now underway, HP has announced several new portable PC models across its consumer and business lines to ring in the New Year.

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new.

HP Envy 14 Laptop. The new Envy has a 16:10 14-inch display, 11th-generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 Ti graphics with 4 GB of GDDR6 RAM, Thunderbolt 4, and up to 16 GB of RAM. Prices start at $999 and it starts shipping this month.

HP Elite Dragonfly Max. Basically identical to its predecessor, the Dragonfly G2, this version gets 11th-generation Intel Core processors with vPro, 4G/5G connectivity, and a new Sparkling Black color variant. Pricing is TBD.

HP EliteBook 840 G8 Aero. Billed as the world’s lightest mainstream 14-inch business PC, the EliteBook 840 G8 Aero weighs just 2.5 pounds, and it includes 11th-generation Intel Core processors, Tile integration, and Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity. Pricing is TBD, but it will ship in March.

Elite Folio. The second-generation Elite Folio ditches the Y-series Intel chipsets for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx and 5G connectivity but offers the same innovative 3:2 design with a black leather-like covering. Pricing is TBD.

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Comments (19)

19 responses to “HP Announces New Elite, Envy, and Folio PCs”

  1. madthinus

    None of these particular interesting.

  2. winbookxl2

    I am excited about the Elite Folio, I know it does not have a new arm CPU but it will be a nice upgrade from my current Yoga C630 and I will have 16GB of ram and a nvme SSD compared to a UFS 2.0 SSD. That will make the computer run faster and have more Edge tabs open.

    • Daishi

      In reply to winbookxl2:

      The problem is that without a new ARM cpu all Windows on ARM machines are hopelessly underpowered and dead on arrival.

      • winbookxl2

        In reply to Daishi:

        It all depends on the use case and knowing the abilities beforehand and determining if it's appropriate to purchase and deploy them. I enjoy WOA for its long term battery life and built-in LTE as it makes it easy for us to deploy and manage remotely while from home.

      • wright_is

        In reply to Daishi:

        It depends on what you are doing with them. I know companies that are still buying Celeron and Pentium class PCs for their office workers. They are "fast enough" for what the user needs to do each day.

        • winbookxl2

          In reply to wright_is: We deployed WOA to replace most of our Chromebooks and legacy windows devices and was the best use case since we can now provide SharePoint, native windows apps, and office 365 when we replace legacy devices. I use Windows on ARM full time since late 2019 and it has improved 10 fold. I can't wait for the fall of 2022 when more developers are going to provide more native arm support.

  3. Jorge Garcia

    HP has got to to be pushing hard behind the scenes for accelerated ARM/WOA development. They can't just let Apple run ads saying they have laptops with double the battery life and blazing fast performance to boot. For most consumers the M1 Macs are all chocolate cake no brocoli. (Well, except for no touch screen support! and to be honest I'm really surprised how little the absence of touch seems to matter to Mac consumers, I think they just hide their jealousy on that one...).

  4. rbwatson0

    I'd like to make a motion that we stop calling it 3:2 and call it by its real name, 16:10.6666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666666

    /s

  5. Daishi

    Any indication what the specs on the $999 Envy 14 are?

  6. solomonrex

    "Sparkling Black"? ~groan~

  7. Andi

    No AMD Zen3 means fail, especially compared to Apple's M1. Zen3 is not just power but efficiency and battery life due to a superior node; all while maintaining x86 compatibility.

  8. earlster

    I've always liked the Envy line, going to 16:10, while not quite 3:2, is awesome, pricing is right, too. Spectres are just a tad pricy for my liking. This might be my next laptop.

  9. ngc224

    Paul, you tagged the article with Windows 10 on ARM. Did HP confirm The Elite Folio will be running Windows 10 on ARM?