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HP announces new enterprise-grade Elite x2 G8 and Elite Folio 2-in-1 PCs with Intel and ARM chips

Hp Elite Folio New Workspace
Hp Elite Folio New Workspace (Image credit: HP)

What you need to know

  • HP has announced new 2-in-1 PCs for the enterprise at CES 2021.
  • The HP Elite Folio features a Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 and unique 2-in-1 design.
  • The HP Elite x2 G8 features Intel's 11th-gen chips in a more traditional 2-in-1 form factor.

At CES 2021, HP has announced brand new enterprise-grade 2-in-1 PCs in the form of the Elite x2 G8 and Elite Folio 2-in-1. Both laptops provide a different take on the 2-in-1 form factor, with the Elite x2 G8 featuring a more traditional "Surface Pro" like design with a kickstand and detachable cover, and the Elite Folio 2-in-1 rocking a more traditional laptop design with a screen that can lay forward.

The new Elite x2 G8 features the latest 11th generation Intel processors in i3, i5, and i7 configurations, up to 16GB RAM, and up to a 2TB NVMe SSD for super fast internal storage. There's plenty to like about the HP x2 G8 for businesses, including support for vPro, a super productive 3:2 aspect ratio in either 1920x1280 or 3000x2000 display resolutions, optional 4G LTE, and a HD Privacy Camera.

The HP Elite Folio on the other hand is designed to be a mobile beast, feauting the latest Snapderagon 8cx Gen2 ARM processor with built-in LTE for an always on, always connected experience. It can also be configured with up to 16GB RAM, 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD, and is rocking a 13.5-inch 1920x1280 display with a 3:2 resolution.

HP teased the Elite Folio a few months ago and now we get to see it for the first time.

CategoryHP Elite FolioHP Elite x2 G8
OSWindows 10 ProWindows 10 Pro
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 211th Gen Intel
Core i3, i5, i7
Optional vPro
RAMUp to 16GB LPDDR4x
Soldered
8GB, 16GB LPDDR4x
Soldered
StorageUp to 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSDUp to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display13.5 inches
1920x1280
3:2 aspect ratio
Touch
Sure View optional
13 inches
Touch, 3:2
1920x1280 (400 nits)
1920x1280 (1000 nits)
3000x2000 (450 nits)
Sure View optional
PenHP Elite Slim Active PenHP Rechargeable Pen G3
Optional
PortsTwo USB-C 3.2
3.5mm audio
Nano SIM
USB-C 3.1
Two Thunderbolt 4
Nano SIM
3.5mm audio
AudioFour Stereo speakers
Bang & Olufsen tuning
Two microphones
Two front-firing speakers
Bang & Olufsen tuning
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
Snapdragon X20 4G LTE
Snapdragon X55 5G
eSIM support
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE optional
CameraFront-facing 720p
HP Privacy Camera
Front-facing FHD
Rear-facing 8MP
HP Privacy Camera
SecurityIR cameraIR camera
Optional fingerprint reader
HP Sure Start
HP Sure Run
HP Sure Recover
HP Sure Click
BatteryUp to 24.5 hours47Wh
Dimensions11.76 x 9.04 x 0.63 inches
(298.6mm x 229.6mm x 15.95mm)
11.39 x 8.49 x 0.35 inches
(289.3mm x 215.8mm x 8.8mm)
With keyboard: 0.56 inches thin
WeightFrom 2.85 pounds (1.29kg)From 2.58 pounds (1.17kg)
ColorShadow BlackSilver

The Elite Folio is expected to go on sale in February, with pricing yet to be announced. The new Elite x2 G8 will go on sale in April, with pricing announced closer to the time. What are your thoughts on HP's new enterprise-grade 2-in-1 PCs? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Zac Bowden

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

7 Comments
  • The Elite X2 sounds like it could be a worthy successor to my current HP tablet PC. Of course it'll be stupidly expensive in Australia and probably won't be available here for ages. I might opt for the 1920x1280 model instead of the 3Kx2K if it still has touch though because I didn't really find the high resolution all that useful for my needs (and is just plain annoying when trying to play the occasional game with the amount of messing around to maintain a playable framerate without having the game automatically windowed).
  • Finally! A non-Surface Snapdragon PC with 16GB of RAM!
  • wrong place, edited
  • I'm glad they stuck with that folio design. It's really cool. Also, the HP detachables have been really beautiful for a while and this new one is no exception.
  • HP Elite Folio is missing the most important detail in the chart, the Battery Capacity.
  • Can the HP Elite Folio with a Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 even run Windows 10 Pro?
  • Yes. The architecture doesn't impact SKU/edition.
    Windows on ARM can be Home, Pro, or Enterprise. Probably even Education.