The successor to HP’s Elite Dragonfly, one of the’cool’ corporate laptops, has been unveiled. The Dragonfly G2 and the Elite Dragonfly Max.
Like the original Elite Dragonfly, both models are in a convertible form that folds 360 degrees, while the Elite Dragonfly G2 weighs 997g and the Elite Dragonfly Max 1,120g. It still has a tile tracker, this time integrated into the WLAN module.
The Elite Dragonfly G2 is a blue color that changes slightly depending on the viewing angle, and the shell material is CNC magnesium. The Elite Dragonfly Max adds a black option to the same blue as the G2. Max has several dedicated features for video conferencing, which we will look at in more detail in the product features below.
New products unveiled just before CES 2021 will be released in February, and prices have not been disclosed.
HP upgraded the Intel Core CPU from the 8th Gen Whiskey Lake to the 11th Gen Tiger Lake U Series Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 mobile CPUs. For the Core i5 and Core i7, you can choose an enterprise version of vPro that offers additional performance, security and stability.
The original Elite Dragon Fly had a choice of up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, while the new one could choose up to 32GB of LPDDR4.
The Elite Dragonfly G2 offers the same display options as the original version. It is an FHD (1920×1080), UHD (3840×2160), or FHD SureView Reflect touch display that provides a privacy screen and a maximum brightness of 1,000 nits. For reference, the high maximum brightness of the SureView display is to prevent some loss due to SureView’s privacy and touch functions. The elite Dragonfly Max, which is focused on video conferencing, only has an FHD Sure View display option.
Other key specifications
- Graphics: Both products are equipped with a low-power U chip, so there is no separate graphic.
- Storage: Both models can choose an encrypted SSD with M.2 SATA3 or PCIe NVMe x4 interface up to 2TB.
- Networking: In addition to Wi-Fi 6, you can choose 4G or 5G options.
- Connectivity: USB SuperSpeed 5Gbps 1ea, Thunderbolt 3 2ea, HDMI 1.4b 1ea, Nano SIM 1ea.
- Size and weight: The size is 30.4 x 19.7 x 1.6cm, and the weight is 997g for G2 and 1,120g for Max. For reference, the weight varies depending on the configuration.
Webcam and video conferencing
The G2’s webcam is the default 720p (1.2 million pixels) with infrared support, but a dedicated key has been added to the keyboard, not the manually operated shutter that was in the previous model. Two user-oriented microphones and one opposite-facing microphone are included.
Optimized for video conferencing, Max’s webcam has 5 megapixels. Like the original Elite Dragonfly, it has a manual switch, and a total of four microphones with an additional external microphone for a better audio experience.
Technologies have also been introduced to enhance the audio experience. HP Audio Boost, which reduces noise, has been improved, and Supports Sound Calibration to optimize the audio signal for the user’s hearing and Dynamic Audio to adjust the sound quality of voice, music and movies. .
Update with AI
The audio functions mentioned above are only a part of the AI applied in the second generation. The Elite Dragonfly G2 and Elite Dragonfly Max cool down the laptop by detecting whether the user is using the laptop on their lap. It also detects whether it’s in a laptop bag, reduces battery usage when in the bag, and prepares to wake up quickly when removed from the bag. HP Tamper Lock blocks the BIOS when it detects a physical intrusion.
HP Elite Dragonfly notebooks manage IT departments to satisfy security and management functions, and to ensure users are satisfied with design enhancements and convenience. You can’t expect a cheap price, but it’s a pretty cool product. firstname.lastname@example.org
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