HP launches new EliteBook laptops, ZBook Firefly mobile workstations

In its mixed bag of second quarter results, HP reported flat notebook revenue, which was actually one of the brighter spots.

(In comparison, desktop revenue were down 18 percent.) No doubt recent events have kept notebook sales afloat, and HP is looking to capitalize on the telecommuting surge with its announcement of a fleet of new business laptops, including a refresh of its EliteBook lineup and an expansion of the ZBook mobile workstation family.

The EliteBook update comprises a mix of new models and revamped editions of existing systems. In particular, the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 G7 and 14-inch 1040 G7 convertible laptops receive updates that include a slight reduction in size that results in up to an 89-percent ratio of screen to body, which HP claims is a class-leading figure. Other upgrades are the use of 10th-generation six-core Intel Core vPro processors, and up to 29 hours of battery life for the 1040 G7, according to HP.

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Joining the 1030 G7 and 1040 G7 is the new x360 830 G7, a more affordable 13.3-inch alternative that features the six-core Intel CPUs only in higher-end configurations, but is notable for its inclusion of 4×4 LTE antennas, which HP is hailing as the first for a “mainstream” business convertible. It’s joined by the new clamshell-design Elitebook 800 G7 and 805 G7 notebooks, which add a 15.6-inch option to the 13.3-inch and 14-inch form factors. The 805 series will ship with AMD’s new Ryzen Pro 4000 processors, with the 835 G7 getting up to a full 24 hours of battery life when configured with a Ryzen R7-4750U processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD, while the 800 series stays with Intel inside, and the 830 G7 nearly matches the 835 with up to 23 hours and 15 minutes of battery life when configured with a Core i5-10210U CPU.

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