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HP Elite Folio 13.5" 2-in-1 Laptop (2021)

MSRP 1895 USDNEX score 65%

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Product Overview

HP Elite Folio is a premium 13.5-inch 2-in-1 convertible laptop powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 5G processor. Compared to the Dragonfly models with traditional x64 processors, it is further optimized for mobile computing.
Another key selling point of the Elite Folio is its adoption of the 3:2 aspect ratio, with two display panels up to 1000nits available. This display is put on a unique hinge design that some users may find preferable to conventional 2-in-1s.
Naturally, both 4G LTE and 5G WWANs are available, with a programmable eSIM pre-installed and a nano SIM slot available.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Lightweight, compact design
  • Sturdy keyboard
  • Good value for money
Cons
  • Not as powerful as the Spectre Folio
  • Some app compatibility issues

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent keyboard and pen
Cons
  • Slow processor
  • Lackluster performance
  • Limited application compatibility
  • Poor webcam quality
  • Not the most accurate pen
  • No webcam privacy switch
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
2x USB-C 3.2 Gen1 + 1x Audio combo
Wireless Connectivity
WiFi 6 + Bluetooth 5 + optional Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE (Cat 16) or Qualcomm Spandragon X55 5G (Cat 20) WWAN

Construction

Battery | Capacity
46 Wh
Camera | Front
User facing HD hybrid IR camera
Form Factor
2-in-1 convertible laptop computer
Material
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display cover
Microphone
Multi-array digital microphone
Speakers
Audio by Bang & Olufsen, Quad speakers

Dimensions

Size | Depth
9.03 inch
Size | Height
0.63 inch
Size | Width
11.75 inch
Weight
2.92 lbs

Display

Aspect Ratio
3:2
Brightness
400 or 1000 nits
Display Diagonal
13.5 inch
Display Type
IPS, edge-to-edge glass, micro-edge
Resolution
WUXGA+ (1920x1280)

Function

Digitizer
Optional Wacom AES 2.0 Pen
Fast Charging
50% in 30 minutes
Graphics
Integrated Adreno 690 graphics
Keyboard Backlight
Yes
Operating System
Windows 10
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 5G
SIM
Optional, 4G LTE or 5G nano SIM
Touch Screen
Multitouch-enabled

Performance

Memory | Capacity
8 or 16 GB soldered
Memory | Type
LPDDR4X 4266MHz
Power Supply
65 W USB Type-C
Storage
Up to 512 GB PCIe NVMe TLC SSD

Production

Debut
2021

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 66%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The HP Elite Folio lasts longer than your average Intel-based laptop, but it's far from being the longest-lasting among the other Snapdragon-based laptops we've tested. The Spectre Folio was a standout machine when it was introduced in 2018. You'll just have to give up the pull-forward design and the vegan leather. The HP Spectre x360 14 is a superior 2-in-1 in terms of performance.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent build quality
  • Excellent keyboard and pen
  • Excellent battery life
Cons
  • Slow processor
  • Limited application compatibility

laptopmag[2]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The HP Elite Folio is optimal for on-the-go business users with light productivity. On the file-transfer test, the HP's 256GB SSD duplicated 25GB of multimedia files at a rate of 666.5 megabytes per second. The 720p webcam is housed on the top bezel, and there's nothing special about it.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Long battery life
  • Strong performance
Cons
  • Poor webcam quality

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 64%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The 5.5-inch Wacom AES 2.0 pen has two programmable buttons on its side and one on its top. It features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, plus tilt support. Quad speakers crank out fairly loud, vivid sound, perhaps a bit hollow but not tinny.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
Cons
  • No 4G or 5G connectivity
  • No keyboard backlighting

t3[4]

Sentiment Score 69%
Reviewers from t3 have found the following***:
The HP Elite Folio is a smart, sleek laptop that won't look out of place in a business meeting. It has a long battery, an included stylus for quick note-taking and 5G connectivity. The 13.5-inch display is a goo size and has an aspect ratio of 3:2. Packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen2 5G processor along with Wi-Fi 6 means you can get speedy internet connectivity anywhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Slim Pen included
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Not the fastest PC
  • Not the most accurate pen

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score 55%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following***:
The HP Elite Folio can only access Photoshop, Lightroom, and Acrobat DC from the Creative Cloud desktop app. When it comes to general office use, the Folio was functional but certainly a step-down from the best similarly priced Intel and AMD laptops. Using it as my primary driver with the screen at medium brightness, I averaged eight hours and 15 minutes.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Beautiful and unique form factor
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Lackluster performance
  • No Adobe Premiere Pro, Audition, Adobe Illustrator, or Illustrator

tomshardware[6]

Sentiment Score 72%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The HP Elite Folio lasts 15 hours and 21 minutes on our battery life test. The fanless system was quiet and kept very cool. There is a physical webcam privacy switch, which covers the camera. HP has limited the amount of software it includes on this laptop, which is a benefit.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Full-sized, full-size keyboard
  • Long battery life
  • Slim Pen
Cons
  • No Windows 10 Home or Mac apps
  • No webcam privacy switch

User Reviews

References

1. ^ HP Elite Folio Review: A new twist on the pull-forward 2-in-1. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/laptop-reviews/hp-elite-folio-review/. 2021-05-21. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
2. ^ HP Elite Folio review: The battery life will shock you. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/hp-elite-folio. 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
3. ^ HP Elite Folio Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/hp-elite-folio. 2021-05-18. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
4. ^ HP Elite Folio review: this 2-in-1 laptop exudes professionalism. [t3]. https://www.t3.com/reviews/hp-elite-folio-review. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-10-20.
5. ^ HP Elite Folio review: style over substance. [theverge]. https://www.theverge.com/22620111/hp-elite-folio-2021-review-arm-windows-10-apps-features-specs-price. 2021-08-12. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
6. ^ HP Elite Folio Review: Pleather for the Pros. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/hp-elite-folio. 2021-05-19. Retrieved 2021-09-30.

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