HP Elite Folio

  • 2021

  • Product
    Consumer Electronics

Designed By:

Commissioned By:

HP Inc.

Designed In:

United States of America

Elite Folio highlights the premium qualities of HP’s Elite lineup; comprising a 3:2 aspect ratio, an always-charged garaged pen, magnesium chassis, and compact design. Folio design incorporates an articulating touch-display that “pulls forward” and transitions from laptop to an “up-right” tablet for viewing and “lay-flat” tablet for writing and drawing.

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  • We expect users to transform between modes many times a day from notebook to a tablet with pen usage at times. We needed to create an elegant design that takes advantage of the friendlier, human computer interaction of the pen, while maintaining excellent core functions of the laptop around the keyboard.

  • The up to 1TB SSD storage allows for instant activation and maximum productivity. Four speakers are integrated into the design to enhance the media and conferencing experience and the optimized keyboard prioritizes quiet typing and maximum comfort. The pull-forward design transitions from laptop to presentation mode, and lay-flat for writing and drawing. The essence of Elite Folio is rethinking what a computer should be. We used recycled magnesium for the enclosure, and wrapped it in vegan leatherette to evoke the feel of a traditional paper notebook. The leatherette doubles as the hinge function.

  • The HP Elite Folio is EPEAT Gold and contributes to HP's World's Most Sustainable PC Portfolio. It is designed for the ultimate productivity on the go in a new fanless form factor that facilitates a seamless transition between laptop mode and tablet mode.

  • Advancements in the past five years on human computer interface, software UI design, artificial intelligence and machine learning have created a new opportunity to design a more natural way to compute and to rethink the classic laptop design. Productivity applications such as Microsoft Office have been redesigned recently to include touch and pen functionalities allowing people to communicate ideas in more ways than before. Furthermore, AI and machine learning have empowered computers to interpret human writing and drawings enabling anyone, even non-artists to create diagrams easily and quickly by hand. More than an artist's tool now, pen and touch will play a key role for people to express ideas and collaborating virtually going forward.