Core-M Drives HP’s Macbook Challenger

Challenging the Macbook Air, HP’s Elitebook Folio laptops are extremely thin, at 15.7mm and lightweight. The Elitebook 1020 weighs 1.2kg, but the Elitebook 1020 Special Edition (SE) uses a magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fibre chassis, and weighs 1kg.

Both laptops are business models. They will run for up to nine hours on battery and are designed to pass military-grade testing (MIL-STD 810G). These tests put the laptop through drops, shocks, high pressure and extreme temperature and humidity.

HP’s Client Management Solutions are pre-installed. Users also have the option of bundling LAN Desk, for remote secure functionality and Intel vPro technology. The laptops feature a certified Trusted Platform Module, pre-boot authentication, fingerprint reader and HP’s Sure Start self-healing BIOS.

Intel’s new Core-M processors run the laptops, enabling a fanless design. The processors run Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Ubuntu or FreeDOS operating systems. Solid state storage is used (up to 256GB, with a self-encryption drive option on the Elitebook 1020), with 8GB of RAM.

The screen on both laptops is 12.5″, anti-glare and has 2560 x 1440 resolution (with touch on the Elitebook 1020). A display with 1920 x 1080 resolution can optionally be used on the Elitebook 1020. Both models feature HDMI, USB 3.0 (x2), micro-SD, WiDi and Miracast connectivity.

A February launch is scheduled for the Elitebook 1020 and April for the 1020 SE. Pricing will be announced closer to the time.