A few weeks after launching its latest Chromebook line-up in India, HP has announced in Tokyo, Japan, a new thin and light convertible business laptop called the Elite Dragonfly. Part of HP's long-standing EliteBook (aka Elite) sub-brand, the new Dragonfly laptop weighs less than one kilogramme. The HP Elite Dragonfly will be available initially in Asian markets in its signature Dragonfly Blue colour option from October 25 at a starting price of $1,549 (Rs 1,11,100 approx). It is expected to be launched in India sometime in November.
Like the other x360 models from HP, the Elite Dragonfly is a convertible that can be used as a tablet. The laptop features a 13.3-inch touchscreen display. The Elite Dragonfly is powered by Intel's 8th Gen Core vPro series of CPUs, up to 2TB of solid-state storage, and up to 16GB of RAM. According to HP, the Elite Dragonfly can be purchased with either a lightweight battery (good for up to 16.5 hours of continuous use) or a long-life battery (good for up to 24.5 hours). It also features Wi-Fi 6, 4x4 LTE connectivity, and 122-percent faster antennas.
According to HP, the Elite Dragonfly convertible employs a CNC machined magnesium construction for lightness combined with an oleophobic coating for smudge-resistance. The keys on its keyboard have a travel of 1.3 millimetres and are designed to produce lesser noise while typing by up to 20 decibels. Tested by HP for over 120,000 hours across 19 various tests, the new Elite Dragonfly is certified to MIL-STD 810G standards for durability. HP claims the laptop should survive multiple drops from a height of 76 centimetres.
Like the other models from HP's EliteBook stable, the Elite Dragonfly sports an HP Privacy Camera (a physical slider to cover the webcam), HP Sure View Gen 3 (a privacy share for viewing sensitive information on the display), HP Sure Sense (a bundled tool that prevents zero-day attacks), HP Endpoint Security Controller (a BIOS-embedded security system), and Hardened Fingerprint Authentication. The new Elite Dragonfly will be accompanied by an optional leather sleeve and the HP Bluetooth Travel Mouse.
According to Alex Cho, the President of Personal Systems at HP, Inc., millennials will account for over fifty percent of the Asian workforce by 2020. He claims the new Elite Dragonfly is designed to meet the challenges faced by such a workforce. The laptop comes bundled with HP WorkWell, an application that coaches users to take frequent breaks and exercise. The new HP Elite Dragonfly is expected to be launched in the Indian market sometime in November this year.