HP unveils two convertible laptops, HP Elite Wireless Earbuds at CES

Ruben Fields
January 11, 2021

HP says it has even increased the Envy 14's airflow by 11% to help improve performance, while also adding IR sensors inside the chassis to more accurately measure system temps.

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Also joining HP's product lineup are the Elite Wireless Earbuds. That means with the right config, the Envy 14 should be more than capable of handling some video-editing duties or playing games (though you might have to adjust the settings depending on the title). The notebook comes with a 14-inch WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200 pixels) resolution touch IPS display. The HP Elite Folio has two USB Type-C ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and a Nano-SIM slot.

For getting work done, the Envy 14 comes with dedicated keys to mute your mic or activate the physical shutter on HP's somewhat low-res 720p HD webcam, so you can be super sure that you don't find yourself at the centre of a video call "incident." The HP Elite Dragonfly Max is made available in Sparkling Black or Dragonfly Blue colour options.

The Dragonfly Max features a 5 MP webcam as opposed to a 1.2 MP webcam on the G2. It's also available with HP security privacy features for blocking its webcam and mics and an optional HP SureView display that helps block what's on your screen from anyone who might be shoulder surfing behind you. The device is powered by Intel's 11th Generation Core processors paired with Intel Integrated graphics.

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Numerous other key selling points were already available on the original model. The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G8 features a 13.3-inch FHD or UHD display, whereas the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G8 gets a 14-inch FHD or UHD display. Both can be configured with up to 32GB of RAM, 2TB of M.2 SSD storage and have a USB-C 3.1 charging port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 and a single HDML 1.b port. The two laptops are also convertibles and can be used in tent mode as well.

Featuring 11th Gen Intel Core processors with optional 5G or gigabit 4G connectivity, this lovely 2-in-1 laptop offers an easy to clean design and striking blue design. You also get Wi-Fi 6 alongside 5G connectivity, an integrated 720p HD camera with a privacy shutter. There's also a world-facing third microphone (outside the lid of the laptop), top-firing speakers, and AI-based audio support.

According to a press release, the HP Elite Wireless Earbuds feature personalised audio tuning, adjustable noise cancellation, and sound situation presets. It runs on the Gen 2 Snapdragon 8cx platform with built in 5G and support for up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB storage. There is a 47Whr battery on board and a 13-inch touchscreen display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Other features include a fingerprint reader, backlit all-in-one keyboard, and HP's suite of apps for consumer devices.

HP will bring the Elite Folio to store shelves in February.

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