HP's EliteBook Folio laptop wants to be enterprise king

News 9 May, 2012

The 14in laptop set to pack 20 hour battery life, legacy connectivity and security features such as TPM.

HP launched a range of business products on day one of its 2012 Global Influencer Summit, including the EliteBook Folio laptop.

The device is designed to provide the high-end performance of a workbook with an 18mm Ultrabook form factor and a weight of 1.6kg.

The Elitebook Folio is set to have a thin chassis, but pack in legacy ports

Only a prototype was on show at the event, but HP plans to offer a 14in screen with 1366x768 resolution. The device includes Intel’s third generation Ivy Bridge processor, has space for up to 16GB of RAM, and a choice of 500GB HDD or 256GB SSD.

The key feature for business users will be battery life. HP claims the EliteBook Folio will provide nine hours of uptime, which can be extended with an attachment to an impressive 20 hours.

The additional battery pack will help to double battery life to 20 hours

Other business centric features include a Trusted Platform Module (TPM), an integrated smart card reader as well as full volume encryption. Users can also opt for inbuilt 3G/LTE connectivity.

HP is keen to ensure users do not have to worry about attachments. The Folio has a range of legacy ports, including VGA, DisplayPort, Ethernet and three full-sized USB 3.0 ports. There will also be an optional docking station to provide convenient connectivity in office environments.

Pricing is yet to be confirmed, and HP plans to start shipping the device in October.

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