HP Elite Dragonfly aims for Intel Project Athena spec in handsome hardware

Chris Burns - Sep 18, 2019, 1:00 am CDT
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HP Elite Dragonfly aims for Intel Project Athena spec in handsome hardware

The HP Elite Dragonfly is a convertible notebook computer with a 13-inch display and 24.5-hour battery life. This notebook is meant to look stylish, work hard, and be very, very light. HP’s made a point to note that this notebook is made to “work without compromise” and that it has a “sub-one kilogram design.” This device will be available with three different display configurations, from 13.3-inch FHD all the way up to 4K.

The display on this machine is 13.3-inches large measured diagonally with three different panel options. You can get the 400-nits bright FHD 72% NTSC (1920 x 1080) IPS eDP + PSR BrightView WLED-backlit ultraslim direct bonded touch screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. You can get that same panel but with HP Sure View Integrated Privacy Screen and 1000 nits.

Or you can get the 4K IPS display. That’s a 4K IPS eDP + PSR BrightView WLED-backlit ultraslim direct bonded touch screen that’s 550 nits with 95% sRGB (3840 x 2160) and Gorilla Glass 5 on top. For that you’re probably going to want to trick out the machine with the highest-end specs for processors and RAM and whatnot.

You’ve got the option of getting 16 GB LPDDR3-2133 SDRAM memory, and up to 512 GB Intel PCIe NVMe QLC M.2 SSD with 32 GB Intel Optane memory H10. The most basic version of this notebook has 128GB M.2 SATA-3 SSD TLC. You’ll run Windows 10 of some sort – Pro 64, Home 64, Home Single Language, or just 10 Pro – or even FreeDOS.

Fitting Project Athena spec and aims, this notebook has an Intel 8th Generation Core i7 (i7-8665U) processor in its most extravagant configuration. The base configuration includes an 8th Generation Intel Core i3 (i3-8145U) processor and Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 5 (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo, non-vPro. You can also get vPro, or ramp up to Intel XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro Cat 16 or Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced Cat 9 for wireless connectivity.

Power for this machine comes from an HP Smart 65 W USB Type-C adapter. You’ll have the option of one of two battery setups: HP Long Life 4-cell, 56.2 Wh Li-ion polymer or HP Long Life 2-cell, 38 Wh Li-ion. Either way the battery is internal and “not replaceable by customer” but is “serviceable by warranty.”

This notebook has dimensions of 11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 in (30.43 x 19.75 x 1.61 cm), and has a base configuration weight of 2.2 lb (0.99kg). At launch it’ll be rolling with a “durable iridescent dragonfly blue finish” with “diamond cut accents.” Users can add an optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 for this convertible machine’s tablet mode.

The HP Elite Dragonfly notebook computer is expected to be released by HP on October 25, 2019. This device’s base price is approximately $1549 USD. HP also revealed a new S430c Curved Ultrawide Monitor, E344c Curved Monitor, and a new HP Bluetooth Travel Mouse all in a new “lighter than air” design collection. The Ultrawide monitor will be available in early November, the E344c monitor will arrive in early October, and the Bluetooth Travel Mouse is expected in late September. HP is also releasing a new HP Elite 13.3 Leather Sleeve (seen in the hero image in this article) that’ll fit this notebook real nice.


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