Hands on at CES: HP Shows the Stylish Side of Business with the Elitebook Folio G1

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Enterprise grade laptops have long prioritized substance over style. But the design of device, the look, the feel, can be just as important. That’s where HP’s new Elitebook Folio G1 comes into play. With an incredibly thin and stylish frame, the notebook offers a lot of the staples expected of a business laptop with the visual appeal of a cutting-edge consumer laptop.

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The HP Elitebook Folio G1 is a lot like Lenovo’s Yoga 900S, at 12.4mm thick, it’s so thin that you can’t help but do a double take when first seeing it. The svelte silver metallic chassis feels great to hold and carry. It’s also incredibly sturdy, despite weighing around 2 pounds, the Elitebook Folio G1 boasts MIL-STD 810G4 testing, meaning that the system is proven to withstand a considerable level of physical punishment. All of this means one thing, the Elitebook Folio G1 is deal for travel.

Besides simply being light and durable, the Elitebook Folio G1 features a number of design elements that give the enterprise grade laptop a sense of style. The rounded corners, the downward slant of the bottom of the chassis, and the angled edges of the device all come together to create an alluring aesthetic.

The laptop will ship standard with a 12.5-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080 resolution) display with both touch and non-touch options. HP also has an optional UHD (3,840 x 2,160 resolution) touch display upgrade, for those looking for a considerably higher pixel count.

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The one area where the Elitebook Folio G1 may lag behind the competition is performance. The Windows 10 laptop will run on Intel’s Core M processors (with M3, M5, and M7 Skylake options). Intel’s Core M line is considerably less powerful than their Core i series, but they also consume less power, which helps the Folio G1 to boast upwards of 10 hours of battery life on a single charge, according to HP. The laptop will run on integrated graphics, which may be problematic if you’re looking to get the most out the optional 4k display, with up to 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 128GB or 512GB SSD storage options.

Connectivity is usually king when it comes to business laptops, but the Folio’s small frame only allows for a few ports. The left side house a headphone jack, while the right side is outfitted with a pair of USB Type C ports with Thunderbolt 3 technology, for incredibly fast data transfer rates. So while the Elitebook Folio G1 doesn’t boast a wide array of ports, it will be capable of transferring data rather quickly.

Those looking to get their hands on the HP Elitebook Folio G1 will be able to do so March 2016, starting at $1,000 in the US.

 

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