New HP EliteBook 800 & 805 G7 business laptops adopt AMD Ryzen 4000 & Intel Comet Lake
HP is updating its entire EliteBook business laptop portfolio for 2020. This year, HP finally ends the separation between AMD EliteBooks and Intel EliteBooks, as HP integrates the AMD models into the EliteBook 800 series (formerly, they were spun-off as the EliteBook 700). That is not the only change, as HP has redesigned their entire mainstream business laptop series.
Seven new EliteBook 800 & 805 G7 laptops, four with Intel, three with AMD
Choice is a major advantage of Windows and business laptops in particular. The new EliteBook 800 series will offer choice: Users can get the EliteBook 830 G7, EliteBook 840 G7 and EliteBook 850 G7 wie Intel Comet Lake U (replacing Whiskey Lake U) or the EliteBook 835 G7, EliteBook 845 G7 and EliteBook 855 G7 with the AMD Ryzen 4000 U series, also known as Renoir. Only one EliteBook 800 is an Intel exclusive: The convertible EliteBook x360 830 G7. The Intel models will offer the six-core i7-10810U as the fastest CPU, while the AMD models top out with the AMD Ryzen 7 Pro 4750U with eight cores.
Unlike Dell with the new Latitude 7000 series, HP keeps upgradable memory around, which means the EliteBooks can contain up to 64 GB of RAM with two SO-DIMM slots. Only the EliteBook x360 830 G7 is limited to 32 GB RAM (one SO-DIMM slot). A dGPU will only be offered in the HP EliteBook 850 G7 – though HP strangely uses the Nvidia GeForce MX250 instead of the newer MX330 or MX350.
No more EliteBook side-dock port & RJ45-Ethernet
While HP refuses to give up upgradable RAM, they do follow a different trend: The dedicated proprietary side-docking port is retired in favor of a second Thunderbolt 3 port. Also not present anymore is RJ-45 Ethernet. HP does not go full-USB-C though, as the proprietary charging port is kept around, as well as legacy USB-A and HDMI ports.
HP resists the temptation to make the EliteBook business laptops even thinner. Instead, HP builds them to be slightly more compact as well as slightly lighter. The battery-capacity is increased on the smaller 13.3 inch and 14 inch models from 50 to 53 Wh, too.
Unlike other manufacturers, HP does not offer better screen options for the Intel-equipped EliteBooks compared with the AMD variants. Both offer the same FHD IPS with ultrabright SureView (up to 1000 cd/m²) and Super Low Power (up to 400 cd/m²) options. The main difference between EliteBook 800 and EliteBook 805 G7: The AMD models lack Thunderbolt 3. They also do not have CAT 16 LTE (CAT 9 max) and are not offered with Intel Optane memory.
HP EliteBook 800 & 805 G7: Availability
HP EliteBook 830 G7, EliteBook 840 G7, EliteBook 850 G7 and EliteBook x360 830 G7 are supposed to hit the market in June. HP EliteBook 835 G7, EliteBook 845 G7 and EliteBook 855 G7 will take a little bit longer and will be available in July.