BARCELONA: HP has unveiled new laptops running Windows 8.1 and powered by Intel Haswell chips, and two new mini desktop units, as it seeks to meet the hardware needs of the next generation of workers.
The firm said it sees the future for hardware as being centred around the new style of working where staff regularly work from home, in the office and on-the-go. As such it is trying to design devices that can meet the demands of these different environments.
One key device unveiled is the new EliteBook Folio 1040 (pictured), which has military-grade build quality and is designed to meet the security needs of enterprises, according to senior vice president of HP Business Personal Systems, Enrique Lores.
The laptop is powered by Intel's fourth-generation Haswell processor and runs Windows 8.1. It is available now in the US and will be released in the UK in mid-December, with a starting price of £1,380.
HP also updated its Revolve line with the EliteBook Revolve 810 G2. This is also powered by Intel's fourth-generation processors and is available in the UK now with a starting price of £1,173. It has a 11.6in display and an integrated 720p webcam.
The firm also unveiled two HP Desktop Mini devices that offer a full desktop experience which take up just one litre of volume, the firm said.
The EliteDesk 800 (pictured below) and ProDesk 600 Desktop Minis were both unveiled and Lores said they are ideal for enterprises to help them replace ancient computing towers while retaining existing monitors and displays. The devices will be available by April 2014. The EliteDesk 800 will cost around £420 and the ProDesk 600 will be approximately £335.
HP will be hoping its continued expansion of devices helps to increase its market share in the hardware space, as most research firms predict falling sales for the years ahead. Microsoft will also want to see its partner succeed, as its Windows 8 platform struggles to gain widespread interest.
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