HP’s EliteBook x360 1040 G6: 24 Hours of Battery Life, Core i7, & 1W Displayby Anton Shilov on May 29, 2019 1:00 PM EST
HP has announced a 14-inch convertible laptop that promises to last for 24 hours on one charge. Featuring a 1W LCD panel, powered by Intel’s 8th Gen Core processor, and embodied in a 1.69-cm thick aluminum chassis, the EliteBook x360 1040 G6 promises to bring together almost all the business/enterprise features that HP has to offer (at least optionally), including privacy screens, privacy camera, Sure Sense anti-malware protection, TPM 2.0, and so on.
Writing these words on a 13-incher, I am on an Airbus 350 AWB flight enroute to Computex that does not happen to have 110/220V power outlets for Economy Premium passengers at all. It does have a 5V/2A USB-A port, but, as you imagine, this is not enough to feed the beast with a 500-nits IPS display (even when the luminance is set to a level below comfortable), so I am running out of juice pretty quickly. There comes necessity either for a high-capacity battery, or a very power-efficient display panel and here is where the EliteBook x360 1040 G6 comes into play.
Powered by Intel’s quad-core Core i7-8665U processor with the UHD Graphics 620, the EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is outfitted with a 14-inch Full-HD display panel that consumes only 1 Watt of power. The system can then be outfitted with up to 32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory as well as an up to 2 TB SSD, a rare combination for a 14-inch notebook. As far as I/O is concerned, the notebook has a 802.11ax + Bluetooth 5 controller, Thunderbolt 3, USB ports, a 1080p webcam, an advanced audio subsystem co-designed with Bang & Olufsen, and so on.
The key selling feature of the EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is its battery life. While it is natural to expect the laptop to use an ultra high-capacity (70Wh+)battery, this is not the case. The notebook has a 56.2 Wh battery, which is in line with other PCs of this class, but uses a specially designed UWVA touch-enabled display panel featuring a Full-HD resolution as well as up to 400 nits brightness. When the brightness of the panel is not cranked up to the max, it consumes only about a Watt of power, enabling the laptop to work for a long time on one charge. Meanwhile, HP intends to offer other versions of the EliteBook x360 1040 G6 that will be outfitted with Full-HD screens offering up to 1000 nits brightness (to make it easier to use them outside) or an Ultra-HD resolution. Obviously, such LCD panels are considerably more power hungry and laptops with such displays will not offer a 24-hour battery life.
HP will start selling its EliteBook x360 1040 G6 convertible laptop in July starting at $1,499.
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