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Every year HP refreshes its EliteBook line of premium business laptops, and 2023 is no different. At CES 2023, the company introduced the latest model of the HP EliteBook 1040 and EliteBook 1050 x360, the top-of-the-line models in the EliteBook series, now that the Elite Dragonfly family has been renamed to HP Dragonfly. This isn’t the most exciting of updates, but the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 build on already amazing laptops with 13th Gen Intel processors and new webcam-related features to make hybrid work easier than ever .
Whether you’re interested in the clamshell model – the standard EliteBook 1040 G10 – or the convertible variant, the Elite x360 1040, we’ve rounded up all the information you need to know about this latest generation of laptops. Let’s get straight to that.
HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite 1040 x360 G10 specifications
HP EliteBook 1040 G10
HP Elite x360 1040 G10
13th Generation Intel Core Processors U-Series and P-Series 13th Generation Intel Core Processors
Integrated Intel graphics Integrated Intel graphics
14″ IPS, aspect ratio 16:10, Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 250 nits, anti-glare 14″ IPS, aspect ratio 16:10, Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 400 nits, anti-glare, low blue light 14″ IPS 16:10 aspect ratio Full HD+ (1920×1200) 1000 nits HP Sure View Reflect 14″ IPS 16:10 aspect ratio Quad HD+ (2560×1600) 500 nits 120Hz 14″ IPS, Aspect Ratio 16:10, Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 250 Nits, BrightView, Touchscreen 14″ IPS, Aspect Ratio 16:10, Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 400 Nits, Anti-Glare or BrightView, Low Blue Light , Touch 14-inch IPS, aspect ratio 16:10, Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 1000 nits, HP Sure View Reflect, Anti-Glare or BrightView, Low Blue Light, Touch 14-inch IPS, aspect ratio 16:10, Quad HD+ (2560 x 1600), 500 nits, 120Hz
Up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD Up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD
Up to 64 GB DDR5 dual-channel SO-DIMM (slotted) Up to 32 GB dual-channel LPDDR5 (soldered)
battery and performance
38 Wh battery Long-life 51.3 Wh battery 38 Wh battery Long-life 51.3 Wh battery
2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1 x HDMI 2.0b 3.5mm headphone jack Optional: Nano SIM slot Optional: Smart card reader 2 x Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type -C) 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A 1x HDMI 2.0b 3.5mm headphone jack Optional: Nano SIM slot Optional: Smart card reader
Dual stereo speakers with discrete amplifiers, user-tuned by Bang & Olufsen dual array microphones Dual stereo speakers with discrete amplifiers, user-tuned by Bang & Olufsen dual array microphones
5 MP 88 degree FOV webcam (1080p video) + IR camera 5 MP 88 degree FOV webcam (1080p video) + IR camera
IR camera fingerprint sensor IR camera fingerprint sensor
Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 Bluetooth 5.3 cellular options: 5G sub-6 Cat20 4G LTE Cat16 Wi-Fi 6E 2×2 Bluetooth 5.3 cellular options: 5G sub-6 Cat20 4G LTE Cat16
315 x 224.35 x 17.95 mm (12.4 x 8.83 x 0.71 in) 315 x 225.8 x 17.92 mm (12.4 x 8.89 x 0.71 in)
<2.6 pounds (1.18kg)
<2.98 pounds (1.33 kg)
HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite 1040 x360 G10 Pricing and Availability
HP announced the EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 at CES 2023 and they are not available yet. Launch is planned for sometime in the spring, and availability will likely begin with HP’s own website and gradually expand to other reseller partners. It’s rare for business laptops like this to show up at more traditional retailers like Best Buy or Amazon, so don’t wait to buy them there.
Pricing hasn’t been announced either, and HP says it will announce more details closer to the release date. Discounts aside, their predecessors currently start at $1,789 for the EliteBook 1040 and $1,969 for the Elite x360 1040, based on HP’s website. With production costs rising in recent months, you can probably expect the new models to start a little higher. Most laptops are getting more and more expensive.
What’s new in the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 G10?
The HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 don’t change much compared to their predecessors, but they include some interesting upgrades that make them even more compelling. The following has changed for this year:
New Intel processors
Of course, a spec bump is the first thing you expect from a new-gen upgrade, and it’s no different here. Both laptops are equipped with the latest 13th generation mobile processors from Intel and deliver even more performance than before. There’s no specific area that gets a huge boost, but you can expect the general improvements you’ll get every year, with Intel promising 10% more power for productivity.
HP EliteBook 1040 G10
However, you’ll find some really big differences with the EliteBook 1040 G10. That’s because HP says you can get this laptop with either U-series or P-series processors, while the previous iteration only had U15-series processors. P-series processors have a higher power of 28W, which is almost twice as much as U-series processors, they also have more cores and more threads. This means that they will offer significantly more performance, but at the expense of battery life. Still, it’s great to have the ability to choose what’s more important to you.
HP Smart Sense and intelligent sleep
Some big new features of the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 have to do with power management and how HP hopes to improve battery life and performance. The new Smart Sense feature helps the laptop stay cool and quiet during normal use, but can unlock higher performance when needed, giving you the best of both worlds. You can also choose the performance mode manually if you want.
The other big new feature is actually very interesting and it’s called Intelligent Hibernate. You may have heard that battery life on Windows PCs isn’t very good, and it’s all thanks to Windows Modern Standby, a feature that keeps your laptop connected to the internet for “small” background tasks like installation when it’s in the Sleep mode is receiving updates or notifications. With Intelligent Hibernate, the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 learn your usage patterns so the laptop knows when you’re going to use it. This way, during your active times, the laptop will continue to use the normal modern standby mode, but when you’re done with the day’s work, the laptop will automatically go into sleep mode to save more power. Then the laptop goes back into Modern Standby mode in the morning before work begins, so it wakes up faster and is ready for use. It’s a very smart and very welcome feature.
New webcam features
The other big improvements of this generation concern the cameras, mostly focusing on new features. Finally, HP is the only company to use 5-megapixel cameras on most of its laptops, so there’s not much more that can be done in terms of hardware.
One of the big new features here is support for using multiple cameras simultaneously, and this can be done in more than one way. With the multi-camera feature, you can use one camera to show an object or document while keeping the other camera pointed at you so your audience can still see you. Then there’s the auto camera selection feature, which is useful for multi-monitor, multi-camera setups. If you have multiple cameras connected, the laptop uses face tracking technology to determine the best camera for each. So when you switch from one screen to another, it switches the camera looking at your face, leaving you fully visible.
Other new features also improve the capabilities of your webcam. For starters, there’s a new keystone correction feature that ensures that when presenting a document or whiteboard, the camera will automatically crop and smooth the image around the edges of that document, making it easier to read for people watching. And for regular video calls, HP adds a “Natural Tone” feature to make your skin tone more realistic on the camera. This is on top of the existing features like Auto Frame, Low Light Correction and so on.
Where can I buy the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10?
As mentioned, the HP EliteBook 1040 G10 and Elite x360 1040 G10 are slated to launch in Spring 2023, so you can’t buy them just yet. When they do come out, the best place to buy them is probably the HP website, as that’s where they’ll appear first and it’s also the easiest to pick whatever configuration you want. With business laptops like this, there are countless configuration options available, but partner retailers often only carry the most popular ones.
If you can’t afford to wait, maybe take a look at the best HP laptops you can buy right now. There are already some great devices out there, and not everyone needs the latest processors on the market.