The Chromebook, with probably the best configuration in 2022, was briefly seen in the Google Store. It’s the HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook. [HP]
Kevin Tofel of About Chromebooks noticed this before the listing disappeared again. So, unfortunately, I can’t provide you with a link here.
He saw a price tag of a whopping $2,165! 😲 Would you spend that much on a Chromebook? 😉
That was apparently one of the best configurations of the Dragonfly for Enterprise customers. So, this model is not intended for private users.
I think even frequent traveling Android or web developers who use Chromebooks as a developer platform and max out Linux virtual machines would find this device great. It’s supposed to weigh just under 1 kg depending on the configuration and has been designed to be very robust.
The HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook
Have you heard of the Dragonfly? The top Chromebook of the year?
It was unveiled by HP at CES 2022 and brings a modern haptic touchpad in addition to killer specs.
These are the specifications:
- 2in1 convertible
- 13.5” display with a resolution of 1920 × 1280 or 2256 × 1504 (optional), i.e., in 3:2 format
- 12th generation Intel Core processors on the Intel® Evo™ platform.
- Up to 32 GB of LPDDR4 memory
- NVMe M.2 SSD between 128 GB and 512 GB
- Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G option
- Aluminum/magnesium hybrid chassis with a reinforced durable design to MIL-STD810 standard
- With fingerprint sensor in “Slate Blue” or “Natural Silver” colors
- Two USB Type-C ports, apparently with Thunderbolt support
- One USB Type-A port, two microphones for better 360-degree coverage
- One full-size HDMI port
- HP Fast Charge
- Wireless rechargeable stylus (optional)
Is it really going to be that expensive?
The guys at Chrome Unboxed had a pre-production device at the time of CES 2022 and were able to test it briefly. Here is the great video about it:
The price was still $999 for the cheapest configuration, which is probably what some private users are still willing to pay.
I paid €1,050 for my Pixelbook Go back then, and I’m waiting for a successor. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like Google will present it soon. The Dragonfly would be an appropriate successor, but I wouldn’t want to spend €2,000 or more for it, and you? 😉
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