• Tue. Oct 25th, 2022

HP has announced the Elite Folio, the successor to 2019’s Spectre Folio. It’ll be out in February, but there’s no pricing information yet.

Jan 11, 2021

The processor is now Arm, and the leather is now vegan
HP has announced the Elite Folio, a new convertible laptop with an Arm CPU. Like 2019s Spectre Folio, this device has a design that lets you pull the screen forward to rest between the keys and the trackpad for media consumption or touch-first work, or it can lie flat on top of the bottom shell for tablet-style use.
The Elite Folio has a 13.5-inch 3:2 1920 x 1280 display, which is a nice upgrade over the Spectre Folios 16:9 panel. HP has made use of some of the extra height by including a stylus silo above the keyboard. While the Spectre stood out for its leather finish, the Elite Folio now uses vegan leather, which is to say its not leather. But it should feel better than regular plastic, at least.
The processor is Qualcomms new Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, and theres also LTE and 5G connectivity through 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 up to 24.5 hours of battery life when watching locally stored video files, but well have to see for ourselves how that plays out in more realistic workloads.
The Spectre Folio was a unique product with a few clear flaws: the screens aspect ratio, some bad speakers, and an unreliable trackpad. We know the first one has been fixed with the Elite Folio, at least hopefully well be able to find out about the others soon enough. Itll be out next month, and HP hasnt announced pricing information yet.