HP Updates Elite Device Line With Thinnest Ultrabook Yet

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2013-12-10

Hewlett-Packard introduced an updated portfolio of Elite devices Dec. 10 that includes its thinnest EliteBook laptop to date, tiny desktops—far smaller than an office phone—that can be mounted out of sight but with the power to support three monitors, a 3-pound convertible with LTE connectivity and a 23-inch touch display that can lean back farther than any limbo champion. HP said the devices satisfy a "New Style of IT," which takes into account users' personal styles and IT's need to support a common set of devices and interfaces (expect the same docks to work on older and newer models). Most of what it introduced runs an Intel "Haswell" processor and Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system. An exception is a 7-inch Slate Extreme, which runs Android and an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor and comes with a stylus. It's also not an Elite product, but it made its may into HP's December announcement and didn't stick out much, given the very mixed bag of form factors that were also included. HP, after years of leading a hurting PC industry, has lost rank to Lenovo, which has been pushing hard for the distinction. HP seems to be hoping that offering something for everyone will help it, if not inch ahead, at least tread in place.


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