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Part of a ZDNet Special Feature: CES 2016: The Business Gear

HP's EliteBook Folio G1 aims to court IT, prosumers

HP rolls out the latest EliteBook, a corporate notebook that is meant to appeal to admins as well as the consumer.

HP is betting that its EliteBook Folio G1 will thread the needle between inspiring gadget lust for consumers and giving the enterprise a device it can secure and manage well.

At CES 2015, HP outlined its latest EliteBook, which is a business class notebook that is its lightest yet. The EliteBook Folio G1 lies flat but isn't a convertible. Meanwhile, the notebook has a strong design that features an optional UHD display, two USB-C ports, the latest Intel Core chips and 8GB of memory.

I perused the EliteBook Folio G1 and perhaps the biggest takeaway is that it's a laptop you'd want as a personal device, but one that also would appeal to your IT department. That's exactly what HP was going for. The general idea is that the EliteBook Folio G1 is something a consumer would want to carry, but IT decision makers would manage.

The fanless EliteBook Folio G1 has work options such as an HP Elite Thunderbolt 3 Dock, displays and travel dock. On the back-end, the laptop has built in security tools from HP as well as Intel's VPro.

Also: HP Inc unveils latest-generation slimline EliteBooks | CNET: HP's EliteBook Folio G1 may be the pro-level 12-inch laptop you've been looking for (hands-on) |

Another twist with the EliteBook Folio G1 is that it is built for collaboration. According to HP, the Bang & Olufsen sound system for the EliteBook Folio G1 is tuned for voice. Why? HP argues that the laptop has become the desk phone at work courtesy of IP telecom systems. The PC maker also optimized the laptop for Skype for Business.

Indeed, two keys on the keyboard are designated to answering incoming calls.

The EliteBook Folio G1 will be available in March starting at $1,099. For a prosumer, the laptop can be purchased at HP.com. Enterprises would buy through their current channels.

First impressions for the laptop were solid. The EliteBook Folio G1 was light and the collaboration and calling features could find an audience. Although the EliteBook Folio G1 was the headliner, HP rolled out a series of commercial PCs at CES including a range of EliteBook G3s and a rugged ProBook 11 G2 for education. On the consumer front, HP's Spectre x360 was the headliner. The 15.6 inch convertible has a 4K display option and is 15.9 mm thick.

Here are a few pictures of the EliteBook Folio G1.

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HP argues that for most workers the laptop is the new desk phone and optimized accordingly.

Credit: Larry Dignan
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