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HP announces the even more premium Dragonfly Pro Chromebook with all USB-C, RGB keyboard

This time last year, HP undoubtedly announced the flagship ChromeOS device. At CES 2023, the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is taking things a step further.

The Dragonfly Pro Chromebook starts with a slightly larger 14-inch (from 13.5 inches) LCD (2560×1600) that HP says is the “world’s brightest touchscreen display” for a ChromeOS laptop, at 1200 nits with an ambient light sensor. It’s 100% sRGB with an 87.6% screen-to-body ratio, while the company is also highlighting the “world’s first 8 MP user-facing camera in a clamshell Chromebook.”

Continuing on the superlatives, there’s a customizable RGB backlit keyboard, usually only found on gaming models. Speaker grills flank the keys and are part of a two up-firing and two down-firing system from B&O, with that brand prominently advertised on the side. Similarly, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the function key row between the volume up and power, while the haptic trackpad makes a return.

That takes us to another major spec: four Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 Type-C connectors. There are two on each side, with those being the only available ports. It results in a very clean and uniform side profile. Compared to last year, there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-A, or HDMI.

In terms of specs, the HP Dragonfly Pro Chromebook is powered by a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-1235U (12 threads, 3.67GHz, Evo certified) with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB PCIe NVMe of storage. The 51.3 Wh battery is touted as lasting all day, with a 96W USB-C charger that supports fast charging with 50% in 30 minutes.  

There is a Wi-Fi 6En and BLTE 5.2 and an H1 secure controller; it is also 3.33 pounds. It’s available in Ceramic White or Sparking Black. As of today’s announcement, an LTE variant is not listed.

Pricing and availability will be announced closer to launch, which is expected this spring at HP.com.



Author: Abner Li
Source: 9TO5Google

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