At CES 2021, HP unveiled a new machine running the ARM version of Windows 10. The HP Elite Folio incorporates Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon.
Apple’s successful switch in 2020 to its own Apple Silicon chips for its computers, thus abandoning its partnership with Intel, is likely to be a watershed event in PC history. On the Windows side, Microsoft still offers a version of Windows 10 suitable for ARM processors and developed to work with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips.
Unfortunately, so far Windows machines running ARM have not been very convincing due to their poor performance. This does not prevent the HP teams from wanting to continue the experiment. The brand announces at CES 2021 its HP Elite Folio, under Windows 10 and with Qualcomm. With this work, the brand can ensure to master the production of ARM product under Windows for the times to come.
A 2-in-1 ultraportable
Designed for professionals, the HP Elite Folio is intended to be a very high-end machine with its unibody magnesium chassis (90% of the weight of which comes from recycled sources), and its vegan leather cover. The latter also houses the keyboard and actually serves as an adjustable foot for tablet mode. We can thus give the PC several positions according to the uses.
Despite what one might think intuitively, the HP Elite Folio is not really lighter than a high-end ultraportable x86 under Windows, since HP announces a weight of approximately 1.29 kg, while the best ultraportables of the market can drop below the kilogram mark.
In terms of technical characteristics, the machine therefore incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip at 3.15 GHz, which allows the PC to be 4G and 5G compatible thanks to the Snapdragon X55 modem. The chip is supported by up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage.
The 13.5-inch screen displays a resolution of 1920 x 1280 pixels, it is a 3: 2 format, with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and compatibility with Wacom styluses. Although it may take the appearance of a tablet, the HP Elite Folio nevertheless remains a PC that offers two USB-C USB 3.2 ports and a 3.5 mm jack port.
Launch in February
The HP Elite Folio will be marketed from February, at least in the United States, at a price still unknown.