12 Apr 2016
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HP unveils new One Life line, and it's all about mobility

By Catherine Knowles

HP has released a new range of notebooks designed for the modern workplace that brings together the best of business and consumer mobility devices.

Dubbed ‘One Life’, is geared toward the modern workforce, where BYOD reigns supreme and there are no longer as many boundaries between work and life.

According to HP, today’s workforce, with its growing millennial base, expects their technology to fit in both a business and personal context.

“Millennials want the device they use to be stylish and stunning, and which gives them the freedom to create and express their aspirations. If they use the device for work, they also want to be sure that it is secure enough and lets them collaborate effortlessly,” says Anneliese Olson, HP Asia Pacific and Japan general manager and vice president of personal systems business.

She says the One Life line focuses on design, productivity, security and entertainment so customers get ‘an enhanced computing experience’ whether for work or play.

The new line-up consists of a range of mobile devices including the HP Spectre, HP EliteBook Folio, HP Elite x3, Elite x2 1012 and new laptops HP EliteBook 1040 G3, HP EliteBook 800 G3 Series, and HP ENVY.

The Spectre is notable for its CNC machined aluminium chassis, thin body, and for delivering full performance and 9.5 hours battery life. The new generation HP ENVY has a 15.6” diagonal display and a metal design. It’s ENVY is 0.36 kg lighter than the previous generation, weighing from 1.93 kg and 17.95mm thin.

As HP’s thinnest and lightest business-class notebook, HP’s EliteBook Folio combines commercial-grade performance in a premium consumer notebook design. This device is 12.4mm thin and weighs under 1kg. Like the Elite family of devices, the EliteBook Folio has passed MIL-STD tests and undergone 120,000 hours of HP’s Total Test Process.

The device also has a 180-degree piano hinge and comes with a full-size HP Premium Keyboard, a Windows 10 gesture-enabled clickpad and two USC-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. It also includes Windows 10 Pro and is built with an optional 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor optimised for high performance and efficiency.

Also joining the full line-up of Elite premium desktops and notebooks are the world’s thinnest 14” business-class notebook, the HP EliteBook 1040 G3, and the HP EliteBook 800 G3 series - the next generation of HP’s best-selling business-class notebooks.

The EliteBook 1040 uses the same all-aluminium diamond cut design as the new EliteBook Folio, and the 800 series has an all-new silver magnesium and aluminium body.

The EliteBook 1040 and the EliteBook 800 series offer Windows 10 Pro, 6th generation Intel Core vPro processors, PCIe Gen3 SSD, and DDR4 memory. All the devices come with Audio by Bang & Olufsen, HP Noise Reduction Software and HP Clear Sound Amp to enable collaboration with applications like Skype for Business. The EliteBook 800 series is available in 12.5-inch, 14.0-inch or 15.6-inch diagonal HD, FHD, QHD or UHD screens the EliteBook 1040 offers a choice of either FHD or QHD screens.

The Elite x2 1012 is HP’s first 2-in-1 tablet built for business and designed for the mobile professional. At just 8.1 mm thin, the tablet weighs less than 840g. It also has a built-in kickstand with 150 degrees of adjustability, allowing a user to set the device upright for viewing and keyboard typing or laying it back for on-screen typing. The device’s 12-inch diagonal anti-glare HD diagonal display has a 3:2 aspect ratio and automatically adjusts to different lighting conditions.

The Elite x2 has long battery life, features Windows 10 and is built with a 6th generation Intel Core M vPro processor and SSD technology. It also includes Bang & Olufsen and HP Noise Reduction Software.

To enable content creation on the go, the Elite x2 includes the HP Active Pen with App Launch as a standard feature. Based on industry-standard WACOM technology, the pen has integrated pressure sensors to help control the width of lines when writing or drawing onscreen. It also includes App Launch, a programmable Bluetooth application launch button to quickly launch OneNote or any other Windows application.

The Elite x2 provides a choice of two optional, full-sized backlit keyboards. Both are leveraged from the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 and layered in a stiff aluminium base to create rigidity and stability.

To address security and manageability needs, the Elite x2 is the first tablet designed with a combination of BIOS-level security with integrated HP Sure Start, manageability featuring HP Touchpoint Manager and an optional Intel Core M vPro processor, and onsite maintainability.

HP Elite x3 is the first built-for-business mobile device to deliver phablet, laptop and desktop business productivity in a single device. By utilising Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables multi-screen transitions between a phone scenario and a desktop PC scenario. Users can switch between using the Elite x3 as a desktop, laptop or mobile device. The device also utilises biometrics to unlock it – adding an extra layer of protection for enterprise customers.

This device is fitted with a Snapdragon 820 processor, Windows 10 Mobile with Windows Continuum, an optional HP Desk Dock and Lap Dock, and faster charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.

With the Elite x3, HP is partnering with Salesforce, the CRM platform, to include Salesforce1 on every Elite x3. Salesforce1 sets a new standard for CRM, enabling users to run their businesses from their mobile devices with tools that work in the cloud, keeping them up-to-date with whatever real-time data they need. This enables sales reps to use the Elite x3 and Salesforce1 to manage and update all their customer and CRM data and perform key actions to drive business forward on-the-go. 

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