CES 2017 | HP EliteBook x360 is the world's thinnest 13-inch convertible
With the Pavilion x360, Spectre x360, and Envy x360 now all available, it was only a matter of time before the EliteBook series received the same upgrade. Unlike its other x360 family members, the 13.3-inch CNC aluminum EliteBook x360 passes 12 MIL-STD 810G tests while still managing to be the thinnest business convertible in its size class.
The overall size of the new convertible is still larger than the recent 13.3-inch Spectre x360 since HP tells us that the thicker bezel is a requirement for both a sturdier chassis and to pass MIL-STD standards. Overseas SKUs will have WWAN capabilities while North American models will lack the feature due to differing SAR standards between regions.
Initial core specifications include:
- 13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) or 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) touchscreen
- Intel 7th generation Kaby Lake Core i5/i7 options w/ vPro
- 802.11ac w/ HP Velocity technology for improved transfer rates
- PCIe SSD options
- Up to 16 GB DDR4 RAM
- USB Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0
- 15-hour battery life
The HP Active Pen will also be available with the EliteBook x360, though it will be different from (and not compatible with) the active pen for the new Spectre x360 15. Fast-charging is supported to charge from empty to 50 percent in just 30 minutes without damaging recharge cycles. Since this is a business-centric notebook, expect it to support the latest HP security features including Sure Start Gen3, Intel Authenticate, HP Sure View privacy screen, and biometric readers such as IR and fingerprint sensors.
The EliteBook x360 will be available at the end of this month. The optional 4K UHD SKU will not come until later in the quarter while the HP Sure View option will come sometime in Q2 2017.