A few things set Elite Folio apart from other Snapdragon laptops. Most of them are traditional clamshell laptops, but HP has been sticking with convertibles for its connected PCs for years, and the Elite Folio is no different. Thanks to the hinge, which is similar to Specter, you can pull the Elite Folio screen towards you and support it up in front of the keyboard to work directly on the screen. You can also turn the screen horizontally and slide it down to rest on top of the keyboard to use it as a tablet.
Then of course there is the Folio leather finish, but HP also offers some of its privacy-centric features here. In particular, the Elite Folio comes with a built-in mechanical shutter for the 720p webcam and HP̵
As part of the company’s Elite line of notebook laptops, Folio also comes with software such as the HP Management Integration Kit and WorkWell. It is also durable enough to meet military standards (MIL-STD 810H) and is mostly made from recycled magnesium and uses recycled sea-bound plastic in the speaker capsules. At 2.85 pounds, the Folio is heavier than the company’s Dragonfly series of laptops.
Elite Folio will be available in February, and HP says prices will be split closer to the sale date. Interestingly, the company chose to use a Snapdragon chipset for its second (and business-centric) Folio-branded device, but it is quite possible that an Intel version will come in the future. Still, it will be interesting to see if the Elite Folio is as satisfying as its consumer-oriented Specter counterpart with the ARM-based chip. Stay tuned for the full review to find out.