HP is updating its business-focused Elite Dragonfly lineup this year with an updated G2 and a new Dragonfly Max option. Both laptops will include Intel’s latest 11th generation processors and optional 5G network connectivity. The Max model also enhances the built-in webcam, and adds a second black option of range.
The 13.3-inch Dragonfly G2 and Dragonfly Max will both be shipped with Intel’s 11th generation processors, with the i3 only available on the G2, i5 and i7 processor options on both. Both can also be configured with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 2TB of M.2 SSD storage. Both models will also include one USB 3.1 charging port, two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI 1.4b port, and Nano SIM support.
Where the models differ really in display configurations and webcams. Dragonfly Max will only be available with a 13.3-inch HD (1920 x 1080) screen, while you can configure Dragonfly G2 with HD or 4K panels. Both will still include HP privacy-oriented display options that include screen tinting technology so that bystanders can’t snoop on what you’re doing.
Dragonfly Max will also include a 5MP webcam, higher than the 1.2MP camera found on the G2. It’s a fundamental change in the era of remote work where traditional laptop web cameras are often weak. Max also has four wide array microphones to improve video and audio calls, and it maintains the dedicated webcam privacy slider found on last year’s Dragonfly laptops. HP removed this manual scroll bar on the G2 this year, and replaced it with a button on the keyboard that activates the webcam shutter.
Dragonfly G2 and Max will include 5G options, with support for AT&T and T-Mobile networks in the US. HP also maintains the built-in tile tracker it introduced with 2020 models. You can track your laptop just like any other Tile device, as long as some battery life remains in it.
HP says it expects the Dragonfly G2 and Max to be available in January, but the company hasn’t announced pricing details yet. Since the base model for the 2020 Dragonfly G2 was $ 1,500, this year’s models are bound to be more expensive options for companies.