Intel came up with an ingenious idea for laptops not long ago called Project Athena, and finally we began to see the first laptops ready for Athena. In essence, these machines are supposed to be lightweight and thin ultrabooks with the latest Intel chips, and are ready to offer some additional features that most consumers will love. To get the Athena designation, laptops have to have a battery that lasts all day and fast charging support, an always active Internet connection that includes 4G support, instant power on functionality and artificial intelligence functions.
We have already seen the launch of some laptops ready for the Athena Project, and HP’s new Elite Dragonfly is the latest addition to the Athena family. Among its highlights we have an incredible battery life, since Elite Dragonfly is supposed to last up to 24.5 hours on a single charge, of course, that estimate implies light activity, but it is still quite remarkable.
HP is promoting the many novelties of Elite Dragonfly in the press release. With less than 1 kg in some configurations, the Elite Dragonfly is the “lightest compact commercial convertible in the world.”
The laptop also has the longest battery life in the world in a 13-inch convertible aimed at business customers. In addition, the 2-in-1 laptop is the world’s first commercial convertible with 4 × 4 LTE antennas, although 4G connectivity is optional. In addition, the new laptop is the “world’s first commercial convertible with preinstalled personal wellness software” that will tell you when to take breaks.
The Dragonfly Elite also features the “highest screen-to-body ratio in the world in a 13-inch commercial convertible with almost 86%,” and is the “world’s first laptop with plastics bound for the ocean.”
When it comes to specifications, Elite Dragonfly will come with a variety of screens, including Full HD or Ultra HD 4K touch screens, both covered by Gorilla Glass 5. HP’s SureView privacy screen is also an option.
Unfortunately, the machine does not include any of Intel’s 10th generation processor versions that were released earlier this year, but instead relies on the 8th generation Core i3 / i5 / i7 low power versions to do the job. It obtains up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM (Intel 10th generation chips come with faster memory) and up to 2 TB of SSD storage.
Wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5 and optional LTE, and the laptop has several ports such as Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, USB-C, USB-A, HDMI and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Other features include four Bang & Olufsen speakers, multi-array microphones facing the world, 720p privacy camera (with optional IR sensor), a quieter keyboard, a 38 or 56.2Wh battery, a selection of versions of Windows 10 and a lot of HP custom software additions that should improve user security and privacy.
Returning to that stellar battery life, HP explains in the footnotes that the Elite Dragonfly achieves 24 hours and 30 minutes of life with a single charge in a configuration that includes a 1-watt HP Full HD display, Intel processor Core i5, 8 GB of RAM, 128GB SSD and a 56.2 Wh battery. According to AnandTech, the estimate comes from MobileMark 2014, which is a “relatively light workload” test, so actual mileage may vary. Meanwhile, HP Fast Charge will recharge the battery at 50% capacity in just 30 minutes, so it should definitely help in any way.