HP has just announced a new business laptop. But judging on looks alone, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's just a Macbook Air with a sticker over the Apple logo. Thankfully, there's a few tricks inside to differentiate things.
For starters, the Elitebook Folio 1020 is technically two laptops — there's a standard edition, which weighs 1.18kg (and can be specced with a touchscreen), and a "special" edition, which weighs in at just 1kg without any touchiness.
Guts-wise, it's what you'd expect from a modern high-end laptop: 8GB of RAM and a SSD doing the storing. However, it's packing Intel's Core M processor, which is power-wise a step down from the Core iSomething chips that are standard in thin-and-light laptops these days. That means less processing oomph, but also less heat — meaning the Folio 1020 doesn't have a fan.
Since this is a business laptop, there's also a fingerprint sensor and proprietary HP "enterprise port", and the whole thing meets military standards for drop-tests. If all that piques your interest, the standard edition is said to be landing in February, with the special edition soon to follow in April, with pricing to be discussed nearer the time.
Although notionally aimed at businesses, a light laptop with good battery life and solid build should be useful for almost anyone who spends time on the road — regardless of their affinity for PowerPoint. [Engadget]