It’s going to be another two months until the new HP EliteBook Revolve hits the shelves, but after a rather brief announcement note last month, HP has finally given us a big piece to solve the EliteBook Revolve puzzle. So here are the answers to some of the unanswered questions we had about the new convertible tablet.
- The EliteBook Revolve’s model number or official name will be the HP EliteBook Revolve 810; although it will be marketed as the former for ease of remembering the name and general branding.
- The EliteBook Revolve is confirmed to have 4 GB of soldered memory as standard, with an add-on slot for a stick of 1600 MHz RAM.
- The backlit keyboard is also, like previous members of the EliteBook family, spill-resistant with a drain at the bottom.
- The EliteBook Revolve will have a proximity sensor; we are guessing this will work like the Envy Spectre and detect when hands are near the keyboard to enable/disable the keyboard backlight.
- There will be an optional Active Pen that can be used with the EliteBook Revolve’s 11.6 inch touchscreen. Rumor says this will be an Atmel capacitive stylus pen, but we’ve yet to confirm that.
- The 11.6 inch touchscreen’s resolution remains fixed at 1366 x 768; no sign of higher resolution options.
- It will use micro SIM cards, contrary to initial vague descriptions of a “SIM slot”.
- Both the USB ports on the EliteBook Revolve will be USB 3.0.
- On the right side, there are dedicated volume buttons and has two switches (for power and rotation lock).
- The EliteBook Revolve 810 will use mSATA solid state drives. This is big news, paired with the statement “Up to 256 GB”, hints that the drive will be removable and interchangeable. Fingers crossed that it isn’t soldered down like other ultrabooks!
- There will be an accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and NFC in the EliteBook Revolve
- The EliteBook Revolve 810 will measure 0.8 inches thin (22.2 mm), which is a hair thicker than your average Ultrabook. Unlike those models, the EliteBook Revolve 810 has a swivel screen and easy-open service panel on the bottom, so we more than welcome its 0.1 inches of ‘extra fat’ over competing super slim laptops and the MacBook Air .
- The Revolve will weigh 3 pounds (1.38 kg); this is significantly lighter than HP’s previous convertible tablet, the EliteBook 2760p which weighs 4 lbs (1.8 kg)
You can check out the EliteBook Revolve 810 full datasheet for full specifications but we’ll say we’ve done a pretty good job listing what you need to know on this post already. So far, we are fairly satisfied with the additional information about the Revolve, though it is still unknown if the EliteBook Revolve 810 is the true successor to the EliteBook 2760p (for now, it certainly looks like it) or whether there will be a beefier EliteBook 2790p to come this year. There is also no word about battery life (the Revolve will come with a 6 cell battery) or if any secondary battery accessories will be available (this was available for all HP’s convertible tablets for almost the past decade). Price is still a mystery too.