Leak: HP plans new 14- & 15.6-inch Elitebook premium convertibles – with Coffee Lake Hexa Core CPUs?
Many of the laptop announcements of the year 2018 are already behind us, but another huge chunk will be coming up soon: This includes Gaming laptops, mobile workstations as well as other very powerful laptops with the CPUs of the Intel Core H-series. Typically, these CPUs have a TDP of 45 W, so they consume thrice as much as a typical Ultrabook CPU under load.
The codename of the upcoming H-CPUs is Coffee Lake. Coffee Lake will be the first Intel CPU generation with Hexa-Core CPUs for laptops – CPUs with six instead of four cores. The rumor-mill about these new processors has been going for weeks now, their release is expected in the coming months.
One of the laptops that is still based on the older Kaby-Lake-H CPUs is the HP Elitebook 1040 G4, which was actually only released a short while ago. This was a surprising announcement, as we don't often see sub 15-inch laptops with the powerful H-CPUs these days.
Through a Google search, Notebookcheck has attained an internal HP document. This document apparently reveals HP's plans for the future of the Elitebook 1000 series – shortly after HP released the new Elitebook 800 series.
HP doesn't just plan a trivial update of the Elitebook 1040. According to the leaked document, they actually plan to transform the successor of the Elitebook 1040 G4 into a convertible – which means that it will be named HP Elitebook x360 1040 G5. Not only that, HP also plans a new 15.6-inch convertible in form of the Elitebook x360 1050 G1, expanding its premium business-laptop series.
Alongside the model-names of the unannounced laptops, there is a small note saying "May 2018". This likely release-date seems to fit perfectly with Intel's release plan of the Coffee Lake CPUs. Of course its just speculation at this point – but because the Elitebook 1040 G4 featured H-series CPUs, we strongly suspect that these new models will feature the new Hexa-Core processors.
Only a few weeks ago, Notebookcheck reported on a similar leak that affected Lenovo and its ThinkPad line. In that case, a roadmap also included names of unreleased models, such as the Thinkpad P1 and ThinkPad T580p. Potentially, these models will also feature the new H-series.
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