Lastly, the HP EliteBook 840 G8 Aero is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core processors and supports Wi-Fi 6 and 5G connectivity. It's a sub-2.2-pound two-in-one with optional 4G LTE or 5G mobile wireless and a built-in Tile tracker so that, in case you misplace it or someone walks off with it, you'll more easily be able to locate it using your phone.
The Max has a 5MP webcam (compared with 1.2MP for the Elite Dragonfly G2), and four microphones (2 front-facing, and 2 world-facing), compared with three (2 front, 1 rear) for the G2. HP also unveiled a plethora of computing devices at CES 2021, which are expected to go on sale later this year.
Other key features are a 13.5-inch display with privacy protection, an HD webcam with physical shutter, fanless operation and a quiet keyboard for use everywhere.
For those not interested in a small two-in-one - wrapped in vegan leather or not - HP announced the EliteBook 840 G8 Aero. It can be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. The EliteBook x360 1030 G8 comes with a 13.3-inch FHD resolution or UHD display, while the EliteBook x360 1040 G8 features a 14-inch FHD or UHD display. There's 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD storage, and the laptop runs on Windows 10 Home. HP hasn't revealed pricing yet, but the Elite Wireless Earbuds should arrive in April. HP will launch the machines this month, but we don't know the pricing just yet.
The HP Elite Folio is the most noteworthy of the new releases as it's an ARM-based Windows 10 laptop centred around Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 platform with a fanless design. Both notebooks can be configured with 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of SSD storage. And while manufacturer claims about battery life are always a bit idealistic, if the Envy 14 can come anywhere close to delivering on HP's claims of 16.5 hours of battery life, we're looking at a pretty long-lasting system.
HP has now launched the Dragonfly Max and Dragonfly G2. It's far from the only HP hardware to focus on sustainability, with September's Pavilion range of consumer PCs also made using recycled plastics. The keyboard included with the HP Elite Folio connects via Bluetooth and there are two ways the HP Elite Folio can fast charge - over-the-counter USB power delivery charging bricks and HP's propriety fast charging technology.
HP's Elite Folio tablet PC will be coming to select markets in February this year. The HP Elite Wireless Earbuds are being touted by the company as "the world's most advanced earbuds" as it comes with features like personalised audio tuning, adjustable noise cancellation, and sound situation presets. The Elite Wireless Earbuds will be available for purchase as a bundle option with the Elite Dragonfly Max or you can also buy it separately.
The EliteBook x360 1030 G8 and EliteBook x360 1040 G8 also include Intel Tiger Lake processors.