HP's Upgraded EliteBook Laptops Mean Business With AMD Ryzen Pro 6000 CPUs
Aside from the different form factors, the three laptops are extremely similar. All will come with "the latest AMD Ryzen multi-core Processors," which in this case apparently means the Ryzen Pro 6000 series, mobile APUs based on Zen 3+ with RDNA 2 graphics. They'll also use DDR5 memory; up to 64GB on the 865 and 845, while the 835 will be limited to 16GB of soldered-down RAM.
The EliteBook 805 series will accept a single PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD; all three models will be available with up to 2TB of storage. You could always connect external storage, of course, to one of the two USB 3.1 Type-A ports or either of the two USB 4.0 Type-C ports. Wi-Fi 6E in 2x2 format comes standard, as does Bluetooth 5.2. You can optionally add a 4G LTE WWAN modem as well. Display I/O happens via USB-C (using DisplayPort 1.4 alternate mode) or HDMI 2.0 connection, and there's a 3.5mm combo audio jack.
The displays on the EliteBook 605s are a decided step down from the 805s, anyway. Whether you're looking at the 15.6" EliteBook 655 or the 14" EliteBook 645, you have your option of an IPS LCD in 1920×1080 or a TN LCD in "HD" resolution—likely 1366×768, as shocking as it is to see that in 2022. Both models also have a touchscreen option, and the 645 has an available ultra-bright display with up to 1000 cd/m² peak brightness.
The EliteBook 605s also come with arguably-superior external connectivity compared to the 805 series. You keep the two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, but trade both of the USB 4.0 ports for a single Type-C that supports Thunderbolt 4. You keep the HDMI 2.0 connection, the Wi-Fi 6E, and the Bluetooth 5.2, but the EliteBook 605s also have a compact RJ-45 jack for Gigabit Ethernet. There's still the 3.5mm combo audio jack, too.
These systems will be powered by AMD's as-yet-unreleased Barcelo processors, which are essentially a refresh of Cezanne. That means they'll sport Zen 3 cores and Vega-based integrated graphics, so performance should be solid. Again like the EliteBook 605 models, the ProBook 445 and 455 have one M.2-2280 slot and one M.2-2230 slot for SSDs, although these laptops are limited to 32GB of DDR4 memory running at up to 3200 MT/s.
External connectivity on the ProBook 445 and 455 consists of three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a single USB Type-C port, an HDMI port, a compact RJ-45 jack, and the familiar 3.5mm combo audio jack. As with the other models, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2 are standard, with options for Wi-Fi 6E and 4G LTE WWAN connectivity.
The Pro x360 435 will also be powered by AMD's new Barcelo processors, and being smaller than the ProBooks, it drops the second M.2 slot. You can still pick it up with 2TB of PCIe 4.0 SSD installed. It also trades one of the USB 3.1 Type-A ports for a built-in MicroSD reader. Besides those changes, it's pretty similar the other two ProBooks above.
HP says that the ProBook 405 series and Elitebook 605 series machines will show up in "late January." The Probookx will start at $849 USD, while the EliteBooks will start at $1149 USD. The company didn't offer pricing on the Pro x360 435, nor for the EliteBook 805 series, but said that such details will be available closer to their April launch date.