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HP updates EliteBook line, adds 1020 Special Edition

The updates, which come as HP holds its Discover powwow in Barcelona, illustrates how PC makers are trying to deliver business systems that can replicate consumer-first design cues.

HP EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Special Edition, Right facing

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday rolled out a refreshed EliteBook lineup that includes an EliteBook 1020 and 1020 Special Edition that weighs in at 2.2 pounds and 15.7 mm thick.

The move, which comes as HP holds its Discover powwow in Barcelona, illustrates how PC makers are trying to deliver business systems that can replicate consumer-first design cues. The EliteBook 1020 Special Edition uses HP's magnesium-lithium alloy and carbon fiber.

Among the key details:

  • The EliteBook 1020s have 9 hours of battery life;
  • They pass military-grade drop testing;
  • Solid-state storage with fanless design;
  • Latest Intel processors with vPro;
  • HP Client Management software;
  • Fingerprint reader;
  • Optional touchscreen on the 1020;
  • HP's Premium Keyboard, which aims for consistent key response based on user testing;
  • Pre-boot authentication;
  • And noise reduction software for Web conferences in an airport and other public settings.

Meanwhile, HP also updated its entire line of EliteBooks ranging from the 720 to the 850. EliteBook 700 and 800 Series will be available in January and the 1020 pair will show up in February. Pricing will be set as the systems become available.