Computex 2019: HP Envy range now comes with wood paneling, new Elite, ZBook series announced

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 29 May 2019
Computex 2019: HP Envy range now comes with wood paneling, new Elite, ZBook series announced
  • HP announces new range of Envy, Elite, and ZBook series.
  • The Envy series of convertible PCs feature authentic wood paneling
  • The company has also announced the upgraded HP VR Backpack G2.

Comptex 2019 is in full swing with many companies announcing new and refreshed offerings. HP has also introduced a new range of Envy, Elite, and ZBook series of laptops. One notable new announcement is the company’s new Envy Wood series of laptops, which, as the name suggests forgoes metal or even leather to feature wood. There are three laptops under the Wood series that feature different kinds of materials. Alongside the new Envy series of laptops, the company has launched new EliteBook and EliteDesk computers, new ZBook mobile and desktop devices and a slew of new accessories. 

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HP Envy series

As mentioned earlier, the new HP Envy series of computers employ wood panelling in their build and the range consists of three devices. The HP Envy 13, Envy x360 13, ENVY x360 15 and the HP Envy 17 Wood Series. One will have the choice to buy these new laptops either with the option of the latest Intel Core processors or with 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors + Radeon Vega Graphics. These laptops feature accented wood inlays in three combinations; Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, Natural Silver with Pale Birch, or Ceramic White with White Birch.

The new Envy range of computers offer Amazon’s Alexa Service, Modern Standby functionality, along with Wake on Voice, Wake on Fingerprint reader, HP Sure View, and HP Webcam Kill Switch solution. In addition, the company has announced new accessories for the Envy series laptops like the HP Envy Uptown Tote, Backpack and Convertible Backpack. To connect the devices with dual 4K monitors, the company has launched the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter that works across HP and other non-HP laptops via a USB-C cable connection. 

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The new HP Envy laptops are expected to be made available this fall. Pricing is expected to be announced around availability. The HP Envy Uptown Tote, Backpack and Convertible Backpack are expected to be available later this summer for $169.99-$179.99 (Rs 11,800 to Rs 12,500 approx). The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter is slated to hit the shelves later this summer at a starting price of $249 (Rs 17,300 approx).

HP Elite range 

HP is making notable additions to its Elite range of computers with the HP Sure Sense that is co-engineered with Deep Instinct. HP Sure Sense offers PCs with deep learning malware protection built-in. The company also says that its new HP EliteBook 1000 series, which includes the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6, offers up to 24 hours of battery life. HP introduced the new Elite x2 G4 laptop that features a detachable leather keyboard folio along with a dual camera privacy shutter. HP Elite x2 G4 is expected to be available in August at a starting price of $1,499 (Rs 1,04,000). 

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There’s also the EliteBook x360 1030 G4, and EliteBook x360 1040 G6 laptops. The former is claimed to be the world’s smallest and lightest business convertible with connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Class 4G LTE, and Bluetooth v5. While the latter, as mentioned earlier, is touted to deliver world’s longest battery life of up to 24 hours in a 14-inch business convertible laptop that weighs under three pounds. The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is slated to go up for sale in July for a starting price of $1,449 (Rs 1,01,053 approx). The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $1,499.

The HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 has also been announced that works with the company’s entire line of convertibles and the HP Elite x2. The device is touted to deliver lowest starting pressure ever in a PC active pen. There’s also the HP Mini-In-One 24, which is a modular AIO with a fully enclosing display. It also pairs with a Mini-In-One display with the new HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini PC. The company also announced the HP EliteDisplay E223d and the HP EliteDisplay E273d docking monitors, along with HP USB-C Dock G5 and the HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2. The HP Active Pen G3 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $99 (Rs 6,800 approx).

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HP ZBook series

HP has unveiled new HP ZBook 15 G6 and HP ZBook 17 G6 laptops in its ZBook series range. HP claims its ZBook series of laptops can deliver desktop-level performance and come with the choice of 9th Gen Intel Core and Intel Xeon processors, and next-gen NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphics. HP has also announced new workstations in the same series like the HP Z1 Entry Tower G5, HP Z2 Mini G4, HP Z2 Small Form Factor G4, and HP Z2 Tower G4. The HP VR Backpack has also received an update and is now available with 8th Gen Intel Core i7 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080. The VR Backpack is said to deliver 30 percent more performance over its predecessor. 

The HP Z1 Desktop Entry Tower is slated to hit the shelves in July, while the HP Z2 Desktop portfolio is expected to be made available in August. The HP VR Backpack is expected to be available this summer for a starting price of $3,299 (Rs 229,700 approx). 

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