Most of the new laptops and tablets HP is launching this spring are updates to existing products. The HP EliteBook 1050 G1 is something brand new (the G1 stands for 1st-gen, after all).
This business-class notebook features a 15.6 inch display, support for up to an Intel Core i7-8850H hexa-core Coffee Lake processor, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. But the whole thing weighs just about 4.5 pounds and measures just 0.74 inches thick.
The HP EliteBook 1050 G1 should be available this month for $1899 and up.
That’s a pretty steep price, but this notebook has premium features including some that are designed for business users including HP’s SureView technology (which makes the screen difficult to read at an angle with the press of a button so people can’t spy over your shoulder) and an optional HP Privacy Camera (with a physical cover that slides over the camera when it’s not in use).
There’s also a fingerprint sensor below the keyboard, support for facial recognition, and hardware-based security using HP’s Sure Start Gen4 system. And the system includes collaboration keys on the keyboard for voice or video conferencing. There’s also a “world-facing” microphone on the back of the laptop that can be used for noise cancellation when you’re talking, or for picking up voices of other people in the room when they’re talking (so you don’t all have to crowd around in front of the laptop to join a conversation).
HP says the laptop supports up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, has support for two SSDs (with a SATA drive bay and support for an M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD), and HP says you’ll be able to configure the notebook with up to 4TB of RAID storage.
It comes with several display options including 1920 x 1080 pixel and 3840 x 2160 pixel screens.
The system has two Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C ports, two USB 3.0 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0 and headset jacks, and it features B&O certified speakers.
HP will offer Core i5-8300H, Core i5-8400H, Core 7-8750H, and Core i7-8850H processor options, and the laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics.
The company says the EliteBook 1050 is the “world’s first ultra-slim business notebook with NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics,” but that’s kind of a moving target. Someone else will probably have a slimmer, or more business-friendly model in a few weeks.
Still, it is rather impressive how much power HP managed to pack into a notebook that measures 14.17″ x 9.65″ x 0.74″ and which weighs just 4.54 pounds.
That’s just the starting weight for a model with a 64 Whr battery though. HP also offers an optional “long life” 95.6 Wh battery, but that will probably make the notebook a little heavier.