HP’s All Aluminum EliteBook 1030 Steps Out With Skylake And QHD Display With Edge-To-Edge Glass

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Hewlett-Packard is struttin’ its stuff in the ultrabook class with the brand new EliteBook 1030, which slots in nicely between the lower-end EliteBook Folio 1020 and the range-topping EliteBook 1040. In fact, the EliteBook 1030 is actually based on the 12.2-inch CNC-machined aluminum body of the EliteBook Folio 1020, but ditches the 12.5-inch display and thick side bezels in favor of a 13.3-inch edge-to-edge display.

That display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass for added protection and can be configured with an optional QHD+ (3200x1800) screen resolution — a 1920x1080 display is standard. Under the hood you’ll find Skylake-based Intel Core processors including the Core m5-6Y54, Core m5-6Y57 and Core m7-6Y75; all of which include Intel HD Graphics 515. Up to 16GB of LPDDR3-1866 memory is supported, but not on the entry-level Core m5 processor.

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HP provides a wealth of SATA SSDs (available in TLC or MLC configurations) ranging in size from 128GB on up to 512GB. For those that require a bit more storage speed (at the expense of capacity), you can also opt for a 256GB PCIe NVMe MLC SSD. Other features include two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB Type-C port, HDMI, a spill-resistant backlit keyboard, glass touchpad, Bluetooth 4.2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bang & Olufsen audio.

Whether you opt for the FHD or QHD+ display, you’ll receive a 4-cell, 40 Whr battery. On the former, you can expect the battery to last 13 hours and 15 minutes per charge in Windows 10. The latter, with its more pixel-dense display, has its runtime slashed to to just 9 hours. The EliteBook 1030 is MIL-STD rated and weighs in at just 2.55 pounds (2.56 pounds if you want a touch screen).

The EliteBook 1030 will be available worldwide later this month with a starting price of $1,249.