Intel's Core M processor has landed inside some hot new business notebooks from HP. Due next year, the EliteBook Folio 1020 series combines the new Intel silicon with a 12.5" 2560x1440 display and some fairly impressive physical characteristics.
The flagship of the series, the EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition, uses an "exclusive blend of magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber" to trim its weight down to 2.2 lbs. The regular EliteBook Folio 1020 isn't much heavier, at 2.68 lbs, and both systems are only 0.62" thick.
Under the hood, you can expect fanless cooling, 8GB of RAM as standard, 128-256GB of solid-state storage, and a nine-hour battery. Business users will also find a bundle of enterprise-grade security features, and HP claims the EliteBook Folio 1020 series even passes MIL-STD 810G military tests for drop, shock, temperature, humidity, and pressure resistance.
HP plans to release the vanilla HP EliteBook Folio 1020 in February 2015. The Special Edition model will follow in April. No pricing has been announced yet, but I hope these aren't too expensive. I'd love to get my hands on one.
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