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HP is taking advantage of CES 2021 to fill up with announcements on the PC side. The brand notably unveiled two new very high-end ultraprotables in the Elite Dragonfly family.

The new range of HP machines at CES 2021

The new range of HP machines at CES 2021 // Gamesdone: HP

At HP, the Dragonfly family represents excellence for professionals, that is to say what the brand knows how to do best to create very thin, very expensive and very “premium” machines. At CES 2021, HP unveils two new products in this family with first the HP Elite Dragonfly G2, second generation therefore, and an HP Elite Dragonfly Max which pushes the characteristics a little further.

HP Elite Dragonfly G2: 5G and a smarter machine

The Elite Dragonfly G2 is a 2-in-1 ultraportable, the screen can be rotated under the keyboard to transform the machine into a tablet. We are used to criticizing this kind of function on machines because it increases the cost without making the product very pleasant in tablet mode, especially with a Windows 10 which lacks adaptation and dedicated applications. However here, HP promises a weight below the kilogram bar (for a chassis of 304.3 x 197.5 x 16.1 mm), which should allow to keep a relatively light tablet while benefiting from the versatility of a real PC.

In this case the Dragonfly G2 is equipped with the 11th generation of Intel Tiger Lake chips in a 4-core version and with a power of 13W. The processor will be supported by 9 to 32 GB of soldered LPDDR4 RAM and SSD storage up to 2 TB. Depending on the configurations, HP will offer a 13.3-inch Full HD low-power screen, or on the contrary a 13.3-inch UHD screen 4K HDR400 certified. In all cases, the screen is tactile, compatible with the use of a stylus, and is protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

The connection is complete with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, an HDMI 1.4b port and a USB-C 3.1 port which also acts as a charging port. The nano SIM port is still there, but the machine is now compatible with 5G networks in addition to 4G networks.

Beyond the technical sheet, HP wants above all to emphasize the intelligent functions that the brand has developed for its new products. The machine can thus detect whether it is being used on your knees or on a desk to modulate its temperature, and avoid overheating in the latter case. Another example given was that of the detection of a backpack, to reduce the time the machine wakes up when it is taken out of the bag. The images captured by the 1.2-megapixel webcam will also benefit from automatic processing by AI, a use that was already highlighted by Intel when announcing its Tiger Lake chips.

Brands are also starting to integrate ecological issues into the development of their products, slowly, but surely. Here, HP announces that the packaging is entirely created from sustainable sources, and 80% of the machine’s mechanical parts come from recycling.

HP Elite Dragonfly Max: more performance and a better camera

The Dragonfly Max takes up most of what the Dragonfly G2 offers, and contrary to what the name may suggest is based on the same 13-inch screen diagonal. When we dive into the technical sheet, we actually understand that it is an even more high-end version with for example at least 16 GB of LPDDR4 RAM, a 5 MP camera announced of better quality and a battery larger at 56.2 Wh.

These additions come at a price, however, a weight that drops to 1.13 kg for a volume of 304.3 x 197.5 x 16.1 mm.

An outing at the start of the year

The HP Elite Dragonfly G2 and Dragonfly Max will be available from January in the United States. The release in Europe should take place at the beginning of the year.

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