HP first upgraded an EliteBook model to incorporate Intel Haswell’s power and juice-saving potential back in October, but the 800 Trio was just the warm-up for the EliteBook Revolve 810 G2 and EliteBook Folio 1040 G1.
These two are the bomb, with top-of-the-line specs all over, premium aesthetics and, of course, extravagant pricing, each starting at $1,300 a pop. The Revolve 810 G2, just like its predecessor, is a sleek and compact 11.6-inch convertible, being extremely productive and functional both when used as a tab and mini-laptop.
The low-end config packs fourth-gen Intel Core i3 heat, whereas top-shelf variants go all the way up to Core i7. The Achilles’ heel is by far the display’s meager resolution (1,366 x 768 pixels), but other than that it’s damn hard to find something off with the hybrid, featuring up to 12 GB RAM, optional 4G LTE speeds, a water-resistant keyboard, Gorilla Glass panel protection and improved stylus support.
No words yet on when will the fresh Revolve go up for grabs, however a shipping start in time for Christmas is most definitely in the cards.
Meanwhile, the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 can already be had, via HP’s online store, for between $1,299 and $1,979. This is a more conventional-looking notebook, with an anchored keyboard and all, yet it’s not any less technically impressive.
The anti-glare display boasts up to 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution, Intel Core i5 and i7 Haswell chips run the hardware show, aided by 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD in the higher-end version. The Folio is equally as dreamy from a design standpoint, as it’s resistant to shock, vibration, extreme heat and cold, while the biggest flaw is probably the pre-loaded Windows 7 Professional.