Ever since Windows 8 was announced, OEMs have gotten more and more creative with their offerings resulting in a unique product. HP is one of them which is known for its EliteBook series. And today, joining the list is a new EliteBook, known as the EliteBook Revolve. It comes with touch input obviously, and is apparently targeted towards business professionals. However, it might not hurt for a person from a non-business background to get a slick device like this. Just by normal glance, it appears to be a regular HP notebook. And even though we’ve seen HP notebooks which have a rotating display before, this one here is the first of its kind on a Windows 8 machine. The display revolves 360 degrees and can be used as a full-fledged tablet if you don’t intend to use the keyboard. The notebook/tablet will certainly grab a lot of eyeballs when it is launched and unsurprisingly HP has used premium materials (mag-alloy) in the making of the device to assure that. The tablet is believed to have been tested to match the MIL-STD 810G military standards.
Speaking of the hardware of the new EliteBook Revolve, the device sports a 11.6-inch 1366×768 touchscreen display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. As this is more of an Ultrabook than a tablet, you’ll find specs similar to a competing Ultrabook inside. HP will give users the choice to choose between an Intel i3, i5 or i7 processor. The EliteBook comes with up to 256GB of SSD storage and also comes with a microSD card slot. The device comes with 4GB of RAM, which is upgradable apparently, so that’s a big bonus. The HP EliteBook revolve features connectivity options like NFC, 4G LTE and HSPA+ wherever 4G isn’t available.
The device also packs an array of connectivity options like an Ethernet port, two USB ports, a display port and a standard lock slot. So this is one of the few Ultrabooks out there that perfectly match with the top end tablets in terms of performance and hardware. The tablet is slated to release in March 2013, with no details on pricing just yet. But expect this device to be priced similar to comparable Ultrabooks. One more thing to note is that the HP Revolve will not pack a stylus as Windows 8 is heavily optimized for touch. Not sure if the same can be said about the desktop view of Windows 8.
The HP EliteBook is a tablet and a whole lot more. So basically, it is tailor made for business professionals. People would be rather surprised by the 1366×768 display resolution, which is understandable. But all things considered, the said resolution on a 11.6-inch display isn’t all that bad as it is more of a notebook than a tablet. The hardware specs of the device also make it very appealing to potential buyers. What do you think of the HP Revolve? Is it worth the wait?