CES 2016 | HP launches third generation EliteBook 1040 for 2016
We found the second generation EliteBook Folio 1040 to be very impressive with its thin, yet professional build that makes it a step above consumer Ultrabooks without sacrificing too many business features compared to the "proper" EliteBook 800 series.
Thus, it's perhaps unsurprising that not much has changed with the reveal of the EliteBook 1040 G3. The chrome-cut chassis may appear sharper around the edges and corners, but this is largely the same CNC aluminum MIL-STD 810G-certified material that we've become quite familiar with. In fact, port placement has changed very little since the original 1040 G1 in early 2014 save for the removal of DisplayPort in favor of HDMI and the addition of USB 3.1 Type-C Gen. 1 on this latest build.
Users have the option between Core i5 or i7 Skylake processors with integrated graphics, up to 512 GB SSD, 16 GB internal memory, and either Windows 10, 7, or FreeDOS 2.0. Like its thicker siblings, the system includes the latest HP security software like Sure Start, BIOSphere, and Client Security. Still, the system continues to have no dedicated mouse keys or TrackPoint that can be considered staples in the business notebook category. More interestingly, HP will be increasing the battery capacity from 42 Wh on the EliteBook 1040 G2 to 45.6 Wh for this latest revision.
See our full review on the EliteBook 1040 G2 for more details on the series. The EliteBook 1040 G3 will be available later this month starting at $1199.