CES 2021: HP Elite Dragonfly Lightweight Laptopsby Brett Howse on January 10, 2021 8:01 PM EST
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Today at CES, HP is announcing some updates to their Elite Dragonfly series, which are targeted at business users who need portability. Improving on the original Whiskey Lake based model is the new convertible HP Elite Dragonfly G2, powered by the latest Intel Tiger Lake platform with vPro, and the HP Elite Dragonfly MAX, built to be the ultimate for collaboration and conferencing.
|HP Elite Dragonfly|
|CPU||Intel 11th Gen Tiger Lake
Core i3/i5/i7 (i3 only on G2)
|GPU||Intel 11th Gen UHD or Iris Xe depending on CPU|
|RAM||Up to 32 GB LPDDR4|
|Storage||Up to 2 TB M.2 PCIe|
Optional LTE Intel XMM 7360
Optional 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon X55
|I/O||1 x USB 3.1
2 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x HDMI 1.4b
1 x Nano SIM
|Display||13.3-inch IPS 400 nits Low Power
Optional 1920x1080 1000 nits HP Sure View Reflect
Optional 3840x2160 550 nits HDR 400
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|13.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS
1000 nits HP Sure View Reflect Anti-Sparkle
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
|Audio and Video||HP Bang & Olufsen Speakers
1.2 MP Webcam with IR
2 user facing mics
1 world facing mic
|HP Bang & Olufsen Speakers
5 MP Webcam with IR
2 user facing mics
2 world facing mics
|Battery||56 Wh - battery life estimate not yet provided|
|Dimensions||304 x 198 x 16.1 mm
11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
|Weight||Starting at 998 grams
|Starting at 1.13 kg
|Pricing and Availability||Available January 2021 / Pricing TBD|
HP Elite Dragonfly G2
Improving on the original in almost every way, yet without drastically changing the form factor, the new G2 version of the Elite Dragonfly maintains its ultraportable status with a starting weight up 989 grams. The CNC Magnesium comes in Dragonfly Blue, and moves from Intel’s 8th gen Core to the latest 11th gen Tiger Lake platform, bringing about significantly more performance, and much improved graphics. With LPDDR4 support, the new G2 model can also be outfitted with up to 32 GB up RAM, which as is likely expected on such a thin and light machine, is soldered down. Storage is M.2, up to 2 TB.
HP has stuck with the traditional 13.3-inch 16:9 aspect ratio for the displays, with both 1920x1080 and 3840x2160 offerings, with 400 or 1000 nits brightness on the lower resolution panels, and 550 nits along with HDR 400 certification on the UHD display.
The previous model was rated at 24 hours of battery life, and although HP has not yet rated this model, Tiger Lake has shown itself to be very efficient at idle, so expect another excellent result here.
Despite the 16.1 mm thickness, HP has still managed to fit in a keyboard with 1.3 mm of travel, which is also spill resistant, and of course backlit. Audio is powered by Bang & Olufsen, and HP has included three microphones, with two facing the user and a third facing out for noise cancellation. There’s a 720p webcam, with IR capabilities as well.
The new Dragonfly series also features cellular connectivity options, with LTE from an Intel XMM 7360 modem, or 5G with the Qualcomm X55 modem. There is a single USB 3.1 port, as well as two Thunderbolt 3 ports, and as a business device, there is also an HDMI 1.4 output for connecting to a projector.
Pricing has not been finalized yet, but the new Elite Dragonfly G2 will be available this month.
HP Elite Dragonfly MAX
Although in the same chassis as the G2, the Dragonfly MAX is targeted towards people who do a lot of video conferencing and collaboration. Powered by the same Intel Tiger Lake platform, the MAX model sticks with the 13.3-inch Sure Video Reflect IPS panel with 1000 nits of brightness and 1920x1080 resolution.
The MAX differs in that it includes a 5 MP webcam with IR, and adds a fourth microphone for even better noise cancellation. It also comes in both the same Dragonfly Blue as the G2, but also a Sparkling Black option.
The HP Elite Dragonfly MAX will be available this month as well, with pricing TBD.
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Samus - Sunday, January 10, 2021 - linkSo the consumer-class Envy gets the 16:10 screen and the professional\enterprise Elite get 16:9? Okay HP.
antonkochubey - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkIndeed a major disappointment, if this laptop was 16:10 I'd be seriously looking at it.
medi05 - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkOn the other hand, there is AMD Ryzen version of Envy... :)
Bob Todd - Monday, January 11, 2021 - link1 extra mic and a better webcam seems like bizarre product differentiation to create a distinct unit. Just put both of those things in the G2. I assume they didn’t to keep the starting weight under 1kg, but that is weak sauce. I’m amazed that laptops from all OEMs have soldiered on for years with garbage webcams. It took a pandemic for them to realize that maybe your webcam and mics should be better than “works in a pinch” quality?
KaarlisK - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkIs it really LPDDR4 and not LPDDR4X?
scineram - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkNot Cézanne, not interesting.
lemurbutton - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkNot Apple Silicon, not interested.
timecop1818 - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkWhat happened with the keyboard?! X360 had proper keyboard with pgup/etc keys off on the right side and this new shit goes back to macbook-style useless keyboard without those extra keys? This is literally the only reason I bought HP before, but looks like they decided to follow the sheeple and do trash keyboards.
s.yu - Monday, January 11, 2021 - linkThe arrow keys from HP have been trash for quite a while now.
Prestissimo - Monday, January 18, 2021 - linkDon't worry, any of the 14" HP laptops still have the proper keyboard layout. It's only the 13" laptops from HP that has a condensed layout.
For 2-in-1s, there are Spectre x360 14 and EliteBook x360 1040. The chassis is physically bigger so battery, thermals, and performance are all better as well.