Does HP EliteBook x360 1030 support 4G LTE mobile broadband?
How much does adding 4G LTE support cost?
If you'd like to add the ability to connect to mobile broadband from just about anywhere, you're looking at paying either $139 or $149 depending on the LTE modem you choose. Intel's XMM 7360 is the cheaper option, while Qualcomm's Snapdragon X12 is costlier.
Once you've picked out an LTE modem, you'll be prompted to choose a service provider. Whether you choose Verizon, AT&T, or no provider — you can set something up with either provider later on — you'll add $2 onto your total bill. This laptop is already relatively expensive, starting at $1,706, so this extra price doesn't seem as big of a jump as, say, on the Surface Go where LTE connectivity adds about $130 onto a device that only costs about $399.
What's the difference between available modems?
Both of these LTE modems are going to achieve the same thing; you're going to be able to connect to mobile broadband just about anywhere you go, allowing you to stay up-to-date when you can't find a coffee shop or that airport Wi-Fi is poor.
Without getting into the gritty tech specs, Qualcomm's Snapdragon X12 is capable of hitting theoretical download speeds of 600 Mbps, while Intel's XMM 7360 will hit theoretical down speeds of 450 Mbps. Your EliteBook x360 1030 likely won't see these speeds in real usage, but the Snapdragon X12 will still hit faster speeds most of the time.
Considering the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 is just $10 more than the Intel XMM 7360, it's no doubt tempting to spend the extra money for a bit of extra speed. No matter which LTE modem you choose, you can opt for service through Verizon or AT&T.
Who is the EliteBook x360 1030 intended for?
Due to its price and design, HP's EliteBook x360 1030 G3 isn't really intended for a large audience. It's best suited for anyone who likes business-oriented features like tested durability, extra security and privacy, and tons of configuration options including LTE connectivity.
If you're a regular consumer looking for a secure laptop that can stand up to a bit of abuse on the road while still looking like a premium convertible, this is no doubt a top choice right now. Pen support, modern port selection, and up to a 4K touch display really make this laptop shine.
Well-rounded, high-end business convertible
It's expensive, but HP has crammed a ton of business-oriented features into a slim convertible body. If you've been looking for a premium laptop to use as a business partner, the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 should definitely be considered.
Cale Hunt is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. He focuses mainly on laptop reviews, news, and accessory coverage. He's been reviewing laptops and accessories full time since 2016, with hundreds of reviews published for Windows Central. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and spends most of his time either tinkering with or writing about tech.
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