The chip has become Arm, and the leather is currently vegan.
HP has announced the Elite Folio, a brand new convertible notebook with an Arm CPU. Like 2019’s Spectre Folio, this device has a layout that allows you pull the display forward to break between the keys and the trackpad for media consumption or touch-first work, or it may lie flat on top of the bottom shell for tablet-style use.
The Elite Folio includes a 13.5-inch 3:2 1920 x 1280 screen, which is an excellent upgrade over the Spectre Folio’s 16:9 panel. HP has made use of some of the excess height by adding a stylus silo over the keyboard. While the Spectre stood out for its leather end, the Elite Folio currently uses “vegan leather,” which is to say it is not leather. However, it ought to feel better than regular vinyl, at least.
The chip is Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, and there is also LTE and 5G connectivity throughout the X20 and X55 modems. The Folio can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. There are two USB-C 3.2 ports and a headphone jack. HP is claiming around 24.5 hours of battery life when watching locally stored video files, but we’ll have to see for ourselves how that plays out in much more realistic workloads.
The Spectre Folio was an exceptional product with a few apparent defects: the display’s aspect ratio, some terrible speakers, and an unreliable trackpad. We all know the first one has been fixed with the Elite Folio, at least — hopefully, we will have the ability to discover about the others soon enough. It will be out next month, and HP has not announced pricing information yet.