NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) spiffed up its offerings targeted at corporate executives looking to carry around and show off a prestige-level laptop with the introduction of the EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Special Edition and EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Standard Edition on Tuesday.
The two 12.5-inch laptops, which were publicly unveiled today and ship next year, each feature several firsts for Hewlett-Packard. Neither laptop has any internal moving parts and at 15.7mm they have the thinnest profile of any company laptop.
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The EliteBook Folio 1020 G1 Standard Edition will ship in February with the Special Edition following in April. Pricing has not been set, although HP's currently available EliteBook models range in price from $899 to $1,299.
The 1020 G1 Special Edition features an additional new HP technology. The company utilized a reusable carbon fiber and forged magnesium-lithium alloy to form the body, helping bring the unit's total weight in at 2.27 pounds, said John Groden, HP's director of product development for the Elite Book 1000 Series.
The 1020 G1 Standard Edition drops the alloy in favor of CNC aluminum, making it somewhat heavier. The Standard Edition also comes with a touchscreen option, which not only doubles the unit's weight, but also makes it much thicker.
"Customers demand not only a stylish, thin and light notebook, but also a device that delivers advanced security and can withstand the rigorous demands that come with a highly mobile lifestyle," said Alex Cho, vice president and general manager of HP Commercial PCs, in a written release.
Removing the fan and using a solid state drive instead of a spinning hard disk drive for storage, plus HP's Noise Reduction software, enable these models to operate much more quietly, Groden said -- although he refrained from saying the laptops are totally silent.
Another benefit derived from having no moving parts is better power efficiency, with both models rated at nine hours of battery life.
Since these laptops are intended to be used by execs who are constantly on the go, all the models meet military-grade specification for drops, shocks and temperature.
Basic features shared among all EliteBooks include support for Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Ubuntu Linux and FreeDos 2.0. A variety of Intel (INTC) Core-M processors are available for each model. A fingerprint reader and and HP Client Security help ensure the on-board data is kept safe.
The EliteBooks will be available primarily through enterprise and reseller channels, the company said.
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