Not to be outdone by all the Computex news, HP today announced several new notebook PC solutions, including a detachable two-in-one notebook PC for business users and a new series of HP EliteBooks. The HP Pro x2 612 functions as both a enterprise-oriented notebook and a thin business tablet. The HP EliteBook 700 series delivers a wide range of processor and configuration options at different prices aimed at transactional and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
HP Pro x2 612: “You got your tablet in my notebook!”
The new HP Pro x2 612 is HP’s first commercial detachable PC, built exclusively for enterprise users. It features a 12.5-inch diagonal display, as well as either Intel Core i3 or i5 processors including a vPro option. This business tablet includes HP BIOS, HP Client Security, HP Sure Start, Smart Card Reader, HP TPM and an optional fingerprint reader to keep the device secure.
HP will offer the Pro x2 612 in multiple purchase options for either full notebook replacement or travel tablet needs. Customers can buy the tablet by itself (which will be sold as the HP Pro Tablet 612) or you can buy the tablet and the full size HP Pro x2 612 Power Keyboard with embedded battery. The keyboard dock includes a VGA port, RJ-45 Ethernet, DisplayPort, two USB 3.0 ports and a side docking connector for optional HP UltraSlim dock. Buying the Pro X2 612 set together means you get the benefit of dual batteries – one in the tablet and one in the keyboard – that provide 8 hours and 15 minutes for the tablet and up to 14 hours and 15 minutes with tablet and keyboard combined (according to HP).
You can also choose to purchase the tablet with a lighter backlit keyboard, with single USB 3.0 port, combo audio jack and a power connector. HP will also offer an optional battery-free Wacom pen with built-in holder, allowing users to write and draw content with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and palm rejection technology.
Regardless of the configuration, the HP Pro x2 612 features a 1920 x 1080 full high definition (FHD) screen, Qualcomm Gobi 4G LTE modem, and dual high-definition webcams.
EliteBook 700 Series
All of the EliteBooks are built with transactional and SMB customers in mind, and are precision-engineered to endure the 115,000 hours of HP’s Total Test Process and are designed to pass MIL-STD 810G tests for toughness and reliability. Plus, they are packed with security features like HP Client Security with HP Sure Start. The HP EliteBook 700 series is powered by your choice of either the AMD A-Series Pro APUs with HSA technology or 4th generation Intel Core i3/i5 processors.
Both the AMD and Intel versions of the EliteBook 700 series feature a thin chassis design that is only 21mm and has a starting weight of three pounds. The HP EliteBook 700 series with AMD includes the HP EliteBook 725 with a 12.5-inch diagonal HD or FHD optional touchscreen and optional 4G LTE module, the HP EliteBook 745 features a 14.0-inch diagonal HD, HD+ or FHD screen (including a touch-enabled version), and the HP EliteBook 755 features a 15.6-inch diagonal HD, FHD or FHD touch screen all with AMD Radeon Graphics.
The HP EliteBook 700 series with Intel, which will be available at a later date, includes the same features (minus Radeon graphics) but these business laptops will technically be “Ultrabooks” since they use Intel parts.
The HP EliteBook 720, EliteBook 740 and EliteBook 750 are expected to be available August. Pricing will be set closer to availability.
The HP EliteBook 725 ($799), EliteBook 745 ($739) and EliteBook 755 ($749) are expected to be available in June.
The HP Pro x2 612 and HP Pro Tablet 612 are expected to be available in September. Pricing will be set closer to availability.