HP this morning is introducing its new flagship 13.3-inch convertible laptop, which the company is calling the Elite Dragonfly. The Project Athena-class laptop is designed to check all of the boxes for a high-end, compact laptop, offering premium features, a very low weight, and most interesting of all, an optional high-capacity battery that HP claims will run the laptop for over 24 hours.

The HP Elite Dragonfly notebook comes in a CNC-machined magnesium alloy chassis, which has allowed HP to reduce its weight to around 990 grams (in case of the low-weight SKU with a 38 Wh battery) and maintain a 1.61 cm z-height. According to HP, the chassis also meets the durability requirements for the MIL-STD 810G standard (including spill resistance), so it looks like HP has been able to cut down on weight without compromising the durability of the laptop. Meanwhile, the entire chassis is covered with an oleophobic coating, to make the entire laptop resistant to fingerprints and smudges.

Front and center of the convertible notebook is the 13.3-inch touch-enabled display, which is available in Full HD (1080p) or Ultra HD (4K) resolutions, and options include a version of the FHD panel that incorporates Intel's 1 Watt panel tech. The display panel itself is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, and for the privacy-minded, HP is also offering their SureView privacy screen as an option.

HP says that it has taken it a long time to engineer a laptop that could include all of the Elite Dragonfly's features, and to that end it has to stick to Intel’s proven low-power 8th Gen Core i3/i5/i7 processors (Whiskey Lake). Despite usage of a previous-generation CPU, the Elite Dragonfly is compliant with Intel's Project Athena requirements, so overall experience should be in line with other laptops designed for that program. The CPU is accompanied by up to 16 GB of soldered-down dual-channel LPDDR3-2133 memory as well as an SSD with capacities going up to 2 TB. Higher-end SKUs will use a PCIe 3.0 x4 drive, whereas cheaper or specialized models will come with a SATA drive, allowing HP to offer a FIPS 140-2-certified drive to customers who need it.

Communications are critical for business these days, so this is where the Elite Dragonfly excels. The convertible laptop comes with Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 + Bluetooth 5 adapter, an optional Intel XMM 7360/7560 4G/LTE modem with 4x4 antennas, and an optional GbE adapter. Meanwhile, when it comes to wired connectivity the laptop includes a Thunderbolt 3-enabled USB-C port, a stand-alone USB-C port, a USB Type-A port, a full-size HDMI port, and a 3.5-mm audio connector. Speaking of audio, when not using headphones the PC has four Band & Olufsen-badged speakers as well as a microphone array as its disposal.

Being an Elite-branded laptop, the HP Dragonfly supports all the key security features that the manufacturer has to offer. In addition to HP SureView privacy screen as well as a 720p Privacy Camera (with or without IR sensor), the convertible supports HP’s Sure Sense, Sure Recover, and Embedded Reimaging technologies, a TPM 2.0 module, and an Absolute persistence module.

Meanwhile, when it comes to battery life, HP is making some bold claims, stating that that an Elite Dragonfly equipped with a Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 128 GB SSD, and a 1-Watt Full-HD display, and a 56.2 Wh battery can last for up to 24 hours and 30 minutes on a single charge. These results are based on MobileMark 2014, a relatively light workload, so results will vary with the workload used. Meanwhile, machines with other configurations (e.g. a smaller battery) will last for a shorter amount of time.

HP intends to start sales of its Dragonfly laptops on October 25. Prices for the entry-level Dragonfly convertibles will start at $1,549, but higher-performance SKUs will cost significantly more. In addition the the PC itself, the company will offer a travel mouse as well as a leather sleeve.

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  • ikjadoon - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    Where did you see that on the Verge? They mention two battery options when you customize, but not two models.

    >Because these are business systems, HP offers other customization options as well. If you’re willing to forgo the 1kg weight for longer battery life, you can opt for a “performance” 56Wh battery that extends the run time from 16.5 hours in the default “lightweight” 38Wh battery to 24.5 hours.

    That matches the spec sheet Anandtech posted here. An small internal 38Wh battery vs a large internal 56Wh battery.
  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    If this is a premium device, why not Ice Lake?
  • sorten - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    Good question! This device checks so many boxes for me and then ... Whiskey Lake. Which means they needed adapters for the TB and WiFi6 support instead of the built in features of Ice Lake.
  • drexnx - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    probably because despite Intel's best efforts, 14+++ is still better at everything than 10nm, most especially battery life.

    (and Comet Lake doesn't give any practical benefit in this TDP envelope)
  • sorten - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    @drexnx: mind sending the links for the power efficiency tests? I've been looking for some data on that but haven't found any real reviews of Ice Lake yet.
  • drexnx - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link



    note the misleading 25w Comet vs. 15w Whiskey comparisons

    actually I can't find where I read about the battery life concerns on Ice Lake, so scratch that out.

    but you're still getting Athena certification and 25 hours of battery life - so what's wrong with Whiskey?
  • sorten - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    Ice Lake gives you roughly 2x the graphics power of Whiskey and the previously mentioned TB3 and WiFi6 built into the chipset so the OEM doesn't need to use up space for custom chips to support those features. In theory that could give you more room for the battery.

    I would also expect 10nm to be more thrifty on battery life than 14nm, but I haven't seen any concrete reviews. Dell's XPS 2-in-1 was the first Ice Lake product announced, but haven't seen any reviews for it.
  • sorten - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    "and Comet Lake doesn't give any practical benefit in this TDP envelope"

    Other than LPDDR4x support and built-in WiFi6?
  • lmcd - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    LPDDR4x support is in both though?
  • sorten - Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - link

    It's in both Ice Lake and Comet Lake (10th gen), but not in Whiskey Lake (8th gen).

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