HP launches premium new Elite Dragonfly Max at CES 2021

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Hp Elite Dragonfly G2 PressSource: HP

What you need to know

  • HP is refreshing its premium Elite Dragonfly business laptops for CES 2021.
  • Besides the new ‘G2’ edition, HP has a new ‘Max’ model with a 5MP webcam for collaborators.
  • The laptops Intel 11th Gen with vPro tech and AI enhancements.
  • Both editions ship in late January.

The HP Elite Dragonfly landed in early 2020 as a cross between its premium consumer Spectre series and the more business-focused EliteBook line. With a dramatic blue color, 2-in-1 design, optional LTE, and all the enterprise features, it piqued our interest.

For 2021, HP is giving its customers an official “Gen 2” (there have been some minor revisions already) and a new “Max” edition that is aimed at those who need a robust multi-media notebook for work.

Here is what you need to know about both.

HP Elite Dragonfly G2 with 11th Gen vPro

Hp Elite Dragonfly G2 Press

Source: HP

HP is not bringing any dramatic changes to the G2 model, but the internal hardware is being updated to reflect current editions of processors, RAM, and more.

The radiant “Dragonfly Blue” for the CNC magnesium chassis, thankfully, remains the same. But the processor is finally getting bumped to Intel 11th Gen with vPro. HP initially launched the Elite Dragonfly with an 8th Gen processor because it needed Intel vPro for its enterprise customers, and it wasn’t yet available in 10th Gen.

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That’s now fixed. Intel 11th Gen brings up to 30 percent faster CPU performance, up to 80 percent improved GPU (thanks to Iris Xe graphics), and a few hours more battery life.

RAM is being increased from 16GB LPDDR3 with G1 to a max of 32GB of LPDDR4 in the new G2.

Because of that new 11th Gen chipset, HP can turn on many new smart features that weren’t available in the Elite Dragonfly G1, including:

  • Onlap detection
  • New modernized keyboard layout
  • Intrusion detection
  • HP Context-Aware (Motion AI)
  • Quick Drop
  • HP Dynamic Audio (AI content)
  • HP Sound Calibration (Earcal)
  • AI Noise reduction (Cancellation)

Things like HP Sound Calibration uses AI to “tune headphones for an immersive sound experience” while HP Dynamic Audio “tunes audio to speech, music, and movies while suppressing background noise.”

Like the EliteBook 1040 G7, HP is also replacing the physical privacy shutter with its new (and much better) Sure Shutter. With a dedicated keyboard switch, users can block or unblock the camera for extra security.

And like the previous version, the new Elite Dragonfly G2 contains “ocean-bound plastics” in the speaker enclosure, and the “outer box packaging is 100-percent sustainably sourced.”

Finally, besides the option for 4G LTE that came to a revision of the Elite Dragonfly G1, the G2 variant gets that plus the option for 5G.

Look for the Elite Dragonfly G2 to become available in late January. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

HP Elite Dragonfly Max for ‘professional collaboration’

Hp Elite Dragonfly Max Black

Source: HP

The new Elite Dragonfly Max is simply a variant of the new Elite Dragonfly G2, bringing a few significant changes.

The Max edition focuses on the new trend of remote meetings and collaboration. Simply put, if you’re in video meetings all day and you want the best audio and visual experience, the HP Elite Dragonfly Max is going to be your laptop.

Here are the main differences between the HP Elite Dragonfly Max and Elite Dragonfly G2:

  • Colors: Dragonfly Blue OR new Sparkling Black
  • Slightly heavier: 2.49lbs (1.1kg)
  • Camera: 5MP + IR (versus 1.2MP at 720P)
  • Extra world-facing microphone (four mics total vs. three)
  • HP Elite Wireless Earbuds included
  • HP Sure View Reflect (G4) privacy screen is standard
  • HP Eye Ease (EyeSafe Certification)

The 5MP front-facing camera is a massive jump from the 1.2 MP of the Elite Dragonfly. Visual clarity matched with that extra microphone for four in total should make the Elite Dragonfly Max, a killer laptop for Microsoft Team or those Zoom meetings.

Even the display, which now includes HP’s creative Sure View Reflect technology, is standard with the Max instead of just an option. And presuming you will be on the Max all day in meetings, the display is also tuned with HP Eye Ease to filter out harmful blue light without yellowing the screen.

Category HP Elite Dragonfly G2 HP Elite Dragonfly MAX
OS Windows 10 Pro Windows 10 Pro
Processor 11th Gen Intel
Core i3, i5, i7
Optional vPro
11th Gen Intel
Core i5, i7
Optional vPro
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4
16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4
Graphics Intel Iris Xe
Intel UHD
Intel Iris Xe
Storage Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Display 13.3 inches
Touch
FHD, 400 nits, low power
FHD, 1000 nits, Sure View
4K UHD, HDR400, 550 nits
13.3 inches
Touch, IPS
FHD, Sure View
Anti-Sparkle, 1000 nits
Ambient light sensor
Pen HP Rechargeable Pen G3 HP Rechargeable Pen G3
Ports Two Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1.4b
Nano SIM
USB-A 3.1
Two Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 1.4b
Nano SIM
USB-A 3.1
Audio Four top-firing speakers
HP Audio Boost
Three microphones
Four top-firing speakers
HP Audio Boost
Four microphones
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Intel XMM 7360 LTE
Snapdragon X55 5G
Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.0
4G LTE
5G eSIM support
Camera Front-facing 720p
HP Sure Shutter
Front-facing 5MP
HP Privacy Camera
Keyboard 1.3mm key travel 1.3mm key travel
Battery TBD 56.2Wh
Security IR camera
Fingerprint reader
HP Sure Start
HP Sure Run
HP Sure Recover
HP Sure Click
IR camera
Fingerprint reader
HP Sure Start
HP Sure Run
HP Sure Recover
HP Sure Click
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
(304.3mm x 197.5mm x 16.1mm)
11.98 x 7.78 x 0.63 inches
(304.3mm x 197.5mm x 16.1mm)
Weight From 2.2 pounds (<1kg) From 2.49 pounds (1.13kg)
Color Dragonfly Blue Sparkling Black
Dragonfly Blue

Interestingly, HP includes its new HP Elite Wireless Earbuds, which HP claims “are the world’s most advanced earbuds for collaboration.” The earbuds have “personalized audio tuning, adjustable noise cancellation, and sound situation presets.” As expected, the earbuds can pair and switch between the Elite DragonFly Max and iOS and Android smartphones.

Hp Elite Earbuds

HP Elite Wireless Earbuds come with new Elite Dragonfly Max laptop.Source: HP

While the Elite Wireless Earbuds are included with the Elite Dragonfly Max, HP will also sell them separately.

Look for the Elite Dragonfly Max to become available in late January. Pricing will be announced closer to availability.

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