HP has updated its EliteBook x360 1030 convertible PC designed for demanding consumers, business users, enterprises, and government agencies. The new EliteBook x360 1030 G4 systems come in the same aluminum enclosures as their 1030 G3 predecessors, but they pack Intel’s latest codenamed Whiskey Lake CPUs, new display panel options, the latest wireless interconnections, and promise a longer battery life.

The EliteBook x360 1030 G4 — HP’s fourth-generation flagship 13.3-inch convertible — comes in the same CNC-machined aluminum unibody as its third-generation predecessor, which is 15.8 mm thick and weighs 1.27 kilograms. The weight and dimensions are among the lightest and most compact in the industry for 13.3-inch convertibles. Furthermore, due to very thin display bezels, HP says that its latest EliteBook x360 1030 machines resemble 12-inch class notebooks.

Speaking of displays, it is noteworthy that HP offers slightly different LCD options for the new fourth-generation models (see the table below for exact specifications). The flagship models are outfitted with a glossy Ultra-HD (3840×2160) screen. For those who need very high brightness to work comfortably outdoors, HP offers a Full-HD (1920×1080) resolution featuring 1000 nits luminance, which likely come at a large cost of power consumption, affecting the device's battery life when at such brightness levels.

Customers requiring privacy can opt for a Full-HD panel with HP’s third-generation SureView integrated privacy screen. Finally, the cheapest models will come with standard Full-HD screens. All versions of HP’s new convertibles come with an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust luminance depending on lighting conditions.

As far as performance is concerned, the fourth-gen EliteBook x360 1030 is powered by Intel’s 8th Gen Core i5/i7 processors codenamed Whiskey Lake with four cores (and running at slightly higher clocks than Intel's Kaby Lake Refresh CPUs) paired with 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory, and a PCIe/NVMe SSD with up to 2 TB capacity (select configs for government agencies use encrypted drives). In general, performance of the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 and G4 should be pretty close (though, this is just an assumption at this point).

Where the new EliteBook x360 1030 G4 clearly outpaces its predecessor is connectivity. The new convertibles are equipped with Intel’s latest AX200 Wi-Fi 6 module supporting 802.11ax Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, a Gigabit-class 4G/LTE modem, as well as NXP’s NPC300 NFC controller. When it comes to physical ports, the system has two Thunderbolt 3 connectors, one USB 3.0 Type-A header, an HDMI 1.4 output, and a 3.5mm audio jack.

Just like its name suggests, the EliteBook x360 1030 G4 does not compromise multimedia capabilities, the convertible is equipped with four Bang & Olufsen-badged speakers with amplifiers and a microphone array with noise cancellation software capability. Furthermore, the hybrid PC has a Full HD webcam with IR sensors for Windows Hello facial recognition. Like all convertibles, the EliteBook x360 1030 G4 has an accelerometer, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, and a Hall effect sensor. As far as the battery is concerned, the system has a 56.2 Wh battery that is now rated for 19 hours of life on one charge (according to MobileMark 2014 and when used with a very energy-efficient display). Capacity of the battery is comparable to that of other 13.3-inch class notebooks, yet do not expect a very long battery life in case of premium configurations.

Being aimed at enterprises and government agencies, HP’s Elite-branded systems come with robust security and reliability features. In addition to TPM 2.0 and HP’s proprietary technologies like Sure Start, Sure Recover, the new EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is equipped with the company’s latest Endpoint Security Controller as well as HP’s Sure Sense AI-based Malware detection. Furthermore, the machine can support three-factor authentication (face, fingerprint, password).

HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G4 convertible notebook will hit the market in July at a price starting a $1,449.

Specifications of the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 & G4
  EliteBook x360 1030 G3 EliteBook x360 1030 G4
LCD Diagonal 13.3"
Resolution | Brightness | Features 3840×2160 | 500 cd/m² | G
1920×1280 | 700 cd/m² |SureView | G/AG
1920×1280 | 400 cd/m² | SureView | G/AG

G = Glossy
AG = Anti-Glare
3840×2160 | ? cd/m² | G
1920×1280 | 1000 cd/m² | BrightView | ?
1920×1280 | ? cd/m² | SureView | G/AG
1920×1280 | ? cd/m² | AG

G = Glossy
AG = Anti-Glare
Color Gamut 100% sRGB (?)
Touch Support Yes
Protective Glass Corning Gorilla Glass 4 ?
CPU Core i7-8650U (4C/8T, 8MB, 1.9/4.2 GHz)
Core i7-8550U (4C/8T, 8 MB, 1.8/4 GHz)
Core i5-8350U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.7/3.6GHz)
Core i5-8250U (4C/8T, 6 MB, 1.6/3.4GHz)
Up to Core i7-8665U
(4C/8T, 8 MB, 1.8/4.8 GHz)
Graphics UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
RAM (maximum) 16 GB LPDDR3-2133
Storage 512 GB - 2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SED SSD
512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
256 GB M.2 SATA SED SSD
128 GB M.2 SATA SSD
Up to 2 TB PCIe NVMe SSD
Wireless Wi-Fi Intel Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + BT 4.2, non-vPro

Intel Wireless-AC 8265 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi + BT 4.2, vPro
 
Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) + BT 5, vPro

Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) + BT 5, non-vPro
WWAN

Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced (optional)

HP lt4132 LTE/HSPA+ with GPS Mobile Broadband Module (optional)

Gigabit 4G/LTE Cat16 (optional)
NFC NXP NFC Controller NPC300 I2C NCI (optional) NXP NFC Controller NPC300 I2C NCI (optional)
GPS ? ?
USB 3.1 2 × TB 3
3.0 1 × Type-A (with charging)
Thunderbolt 1 × TB 3 (for data, DP displays)
Display Output HDMI 1.4
Card Reader -
Cameras Front Full HD webcam + IR camera for face authentication
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Other I/O Microphone, 4 stereo speakers, audio jack
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyroscope, agnetometer, Hall effect sensor
Battery 56.2 Wh
Dimensions Width 30.58 cm | 12.04 inches
  Depth 20.5 cm | 8.07 inches
  Thickness 1.58 cm | 0.62 inches
Weight 1.25 kilograms | 2.76 pounds 1.27 kilograms | 2.78 pounds
Launch Price Starting at $1,449

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  • 29a - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    "Where the new EliteBook x360 1030 G4 clearly outpaces its predecessor is connectivity."

    I don't see anything about VGA. VGA is still pretty important for a business laptop.
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  • HStewart - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    VGA it been decade or more since that resolution. Of course you probably talking about non wide screens and that is becoming a sign of the past also. Reply
  • HStewart - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    I have a Dell Inspiron 7000 300Mhz Pentium ii sitting in my closet and in better condition than one in the following like with a VGA screen

    http://www.ftpimage.org/dell-inspiron-7000-pentium...
    Reply
  • GreenReaper - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    What they're talking about is the VGA *connector*, not the resolution:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VGA_connector

    You can in theory do 2048×1536 over VGA, although 1280×1024 might be more likely in practice; I use the latter on my server, in 8-bit colour; it does quite nicely, despite being a software framebuffer.
    Reply
  • Jorgp2 - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    Oh, you mean the DE-15 connector. Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, June 08, 2019 - link

    HD-15* Reply
  • III-V - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    Businesses can also afford dongles without batting an eye Reply
  • Reflex - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    Yup, almost all conference room setups I see these days are using HDMI and have a loop attached to the cord with a myriad of adapter dongles. One dongle that is consistently missing nowadays is VGA, however. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Sunday, June 09, 2019 - link

    Similar experience here. However, there are also multiple problems like often broken HDMI cables and compatibility problems - yet VGA is the one which always works. Reply
  • Reflex - Friday, June 07, 2019 - link

    Really not seeing this anymore. It's been a few years since I saw corporate conference rooms with VGA as an option, let alone the primary option. For the small subset that may still need it, HDMI->VGA adapters are a thing. As a business user I'd rather use that space for a more useful port. Reply

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