HP EliteBook Folio G1 Review and Specifications

May 1, 2020


If you’re looking for a business laptop that features beautiful consumer-grade style, you must have an eye on the new HP EliteBook Folio G1. The EliteBook Folio is ideal for on-the-go workers who demand excellent performance, more than an entire workday of battery life and a strong chassis that can withstand regular portation (based on some of the promises claimed by HP). Starting at $999 ($1,429 as examined), the 12-inch EliteBook is incredibly light and thin. Measuring 11.5 x 8.23 x 0.47 inches, the HP EliteBook Folio G1 is thinner but is taller and wider than the Apple MacBook 12-inch (11.04 x 7.74 x 0.14-0.52 inches). That’s because of the similar aluminum enclosure that wraps around the entire notebook. Weighing at just 2.14 pounds, HP’s laptop is just a bit heavier than the 2.04-pound MacBook

When you open the EliteBook Folio, you’ll notice a beautiful diamond trim that covers the edges of the upper and lower base of the laptop. This is a subtle finish that adds a nice bit of unique aspect to an already stylish laptop. Also, HP used an impressive single piece aluminum hinge that glitters when the light hits it. The lovely hinge is sturdy and flexible enough to open and close smoothly (and only when you want it to). With robust speakers, fanless cooling and an infrared camera for face logins, the HP EliteBook Folio G1 get nearly everything right. However, its battery life could be better.

HP EliteBook Folio G1 12.5" Laptop (1920x1080) FHD UWVA : Core M5-6Y54 | 256GB SSD | 8GB | Backlit keyboard | 2.14 lbs | Windows 10 Professional

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Specifications- HP EliteBook Folio G1

Display 12.5-inch Full-HD (1080p) Display
Dimensions 11.5 x 8.23 x 0.47 (inches)
Weight 2.14 pounds/ 2.36 pounds (with touch)
Processor 1.2-GHz Intel Core m7-6Y75
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Storage 256GB M.2 SSD
Secondary Storage none
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 515
Video Memory 128 MB
Networking 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth 4.1
Audio Bang & Olufsen speakers, Bang & Olufsen software based audio enhancements
Ports 2 USB Type-C with Thunderbolt support (docking, charging and USB 3.1); 1 headphone/microphone combo
Optical drive none


Where To Buy

HP EliteBook Folio G1 12.5" Laptop (1920x1080) FHD UWVA : Core M5-6Y54 | 256GB SSD | 8GB | Backlit keyboard | 2.14 lbs | Windows 10 Professional

Read More: HP EliteBook 1030 G1 Review

8.5 Total Score

The super-thin HP EliteBook Folio G1 provides a first-class design, comfortable keyboard and more ports than the MacBook. Apart from the below average battery life, Folio G1 is a great alternative in terms of business laptops.

Keyboard and Touchpad
Graphics and Audio
Hardware and Performance
Battery Life
  • Thin and Light
  • Durable Design
  • Bright 4K option
  • Super comfy Keyboard
  • Good Performance
  • Below average Battery Life
  • No full-size USB port
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