HP finally gets it right: Elite Dragonfly G3 gets a 3:2 display, still less than 1kg, but drops 360-hinge

Hp Elite Dragonfly G3 Workspace
Hp Elite Dragonfly G3 Workspace (Image credit: HP)

What you need to know

  • The 3rd Gen Elite Dragonfly finally gets a 3:2 display and goes up to 3K OLED
  • The G3 version also adopts Intel 12th Gen Evo and vPRO processors.
  • However, HP has reverted the design to a clamshell laptop instead of a convertible.
  • Look for the new Elite Dragonfly G3 later in March.

The Elite Dragonfly is a fantastic business laptop that merges high-end consumer design with pro-business features. It's incredibly light at less than 1kg, comes in a fantastic slate blue colorway, and can go up to a 3K resolution.

HP has made some exciting changes for 2022 and the third generation "G3" model.

First up, it now has a taller 13.5-inch 3:2 display, whereas the previous version had a very cramped 13.3-inch 16:9 one. You can also now get it in silver if blue is too bold for you.

And because the screen is taller, the keyboard deck now needs to match it, meaning HP can add in a taller trackpad too. Even the keyboard now has larger spill-resistant keys.

Surprising no one, HP is also upgrading to new 12th Gen Intel processors with vPro and Intel Evo certification, maximizing performance and battery life.

Hp Elite Dragonfly G3 Natural Silver Front Right

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CategoryHP Elite Dragonfly G3
Display13.5-inch 3:2WUXGA (1920x1280) or 3K2K OLED (400 nits)
ProcessorIntel 12th GenIntel vPRO, Intel Evo
MemoryUp to 32GB LPDDR5 (soldered)
StorageUp to 2TB PCIe SSD
Front Camera5MP (separate RGB and IR sensors) with HP Sure Shutter
SecurityWindows Hello IR and fingerprint
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6EBluetooth 5.2Optional: 4G LTE, 5G, NFC, Tile
Ports1x USB-A 3.1 (charging port)2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4)HDMI 2.0Nano SIM slotCombo Headphone/Mic
AudioQuad speakers with discrete amplifiers
BatteryHP Long Life 4-cell 45WHr and 6-cell 68WHrFast ChargeUp to 100W Type-C charger
Dimensions297.4 x 220.4 x 16.4 mm (16.9mm in AG)11.71 x 8.68 x .65 in (.35 in AG)
WeightStarting at 2.20 lbs. / .99 kg (Weight will vary by configuration)
ColorsSlate blue or Natural Silver Hybrid Mg/Al

However, one odd choice is the dropping of the "x360" branding from this laptop, which makes sense since it is no longer a convertible. Yup, HP has reversed itself and made this laptop a traditional clamshell (that can lay flat), but now lacks the inking ability of its predecessor. Instead, HP made a new Elite Dragonfly Chromebook Enterprise, which features that 360-degree design.

Think of the new HP Elite Dragonfly G3 as a supped-up Microsoft Surface Laptop as they both share similar screen dimensions.

You can now configure it up to 32GB of RAM (still soldered, however, but it's LPDDR5), 2TB PCIe SSD, up to a 68WHr battery, opt for 5G and even add in Tile support (to track your laptop if misplaced).

For conferencing, HP continues the 2022 trend of separating the IR and RGB sensors into two separate cameras to give higher fidelity to the RGB (webcam) for meetings. And, while the Elite Dragonfly Max had an exclusive 5MP full HD camera, it is now part of the regular Elite Dragonfly G3.

Rounding out that focus on video conferencing is HP Presence with "AI-driven audio and lifelike video," four discrete amps working together to create immersive sound, HP Dynamic Voice Leveling, and human presence detection (to auto-lock and unlock your PC when you leave and approach it).

HP Elite Dragonfly G3 is expected to be available in March. Pricing will be available closer to product availability but usually begins around $2,000.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.