HP has announced the new ZBook Studio and ZBook Create notebooks today, along with their ENVY refresh. The HP Envy 15 announced today targets creators and prosumers, but the ZBook steps up a notch, aiming at the prosumer and professional market where features like Quadro graphics and Xeon processors transition are necessary.

The HP Zbook Create and Studio are the same notebook, but the Studio offers NVIDIA Quadro, up to the Quadro RTX 5000, whereas the Create model is stuck with “only” RTX 2080 Super graphics, and both feature the NVIDIA Studio drivers. HP hasn’t released all of the specifications yet, but they will offer up to Core i9 or Xeon CPUs as well. These will be true mobile workstation level devices, and offer MIL-STD tested CNC aluminum chassis to go along with them.

HP is bringing the first DreamColor display to their notebook lineup with these 15.6-inch models. There is a UHD DreamColor HDR-400 display with Pantone validation and 10-bit color , with 100% P3, along with sRGB and Adobe RGB modes. For those that need even more contrast, HP also has an HDR-500 OLED display that is also UHD resolution.

The notebook itself, despite the power packed in, is 22% smaller than previous designs and offers an 87% screen-to-body ratio. Despite the small size, HP’s Z Predictive Fan Algorithm and new vapor cooling chamber, coupled with the Z Power Slider, allows the user to choose the cooling requirements for their workload.

All this performance still comes with great battery life, with HP rating the new ZBook at up to 17.5 hours of battery. Clearly this rating will not be with the GPU powering through a workload, but is impressive nonetheless.

The new ZBook Studio and ZBook Create will be available in August, with pricing to be announced closer to that date.

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  • Valantar - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    There's nothing stopping them from implementing TB3 on an AMD notebook, they just need to wire up the controllers and pay Intel for certification like with any device.
  • close - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    @fatcatproductions, as I said there is NO technical reason to not have a high end AMD product in their lineup. TB is available on both platforms. Moreover AMD offers better CPU performance and efficiency, and things like PCIe 4.0. All of which creative professionals, and video producers like yourself should greatly appreciate.

    HP is doing what they've done before. Enjoying the discounts Intel is surely providing under one shape or another for exclusivity.
  • twtech - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    Dell and HP both need to prepare to live in a world where Intel won't be making a big comeback. They are behind in process tech at this point - for the first time in their history - and while they will eventually catch up with AMD/TSMC 7nm, AMD will have moved on by then.

    Intel seemed to have lost its focus some time ago, and this was merely the delayed result. It seems like the wrong horse to stay hitched to at this point.
  • valueaddedreseller - Friday, April 17, 2020 - link

    I had to make an account to share some information someone at the workstation department let slip accidentally. They are testing with Ryzen/treadripper for their Z lineup. But Z requires extensive software validation. Because they guaranty that professional software like Autodesk/adobe suite all work. I know the AMD processors have failed the last validation attempt. So the "technical" reason for the lack AMD product in the Z line is that AMD failed ISV certification. HP is still working on this.

    @close The rebate program you are talking about is unlikely to be in place. Since if intel is discovered using this tactic again. It is highly likely the EU will break them up. Since that was a provisory part of the verdict for the last anti-trust case against Intel.
  • close - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    @valueaddedreseller, the rebate I was mentioning is the kind of price cut most manufacturers offer at the end of the cycle to offload inventory. So now HP offers the current gen. Z series at ~$6500 instead of the usual ~$10000.

    But regarding "the other" type of rebate, I'm sure there are many ways to achieve something to the same effect. HP only has a handful of AMD based products in their lineup and nothing high end / premium (either half-assed configurations that can't be customized, or never actually available anywhere). The one relatively decent model they have (Pavilion 15z) is probably exactly the kind of laptop nobody would buy from HP.
  • close - Monday, April 20, 2020 - link

    And BTW @valueaddedreseller, the "accidentally slipped info"... you're saying that AMD *CPUs* failed ISV certification? The CPU? Not the GPU and drivers? The same CPUs that went into other ISV certified workstations (the GPU/drivers I mean) failed when in HP's hands? Was your "source" trying to say that HP has some of the most incompetent engineers on the market?

    Mind showing me the link to Intel's "CPU ISV certifications" that cover the i5-8400H + Intel 630 iGPU in HP's current gen Z series (say the 2YN60AV)?

    That's some really lame shilling you got there. The CPUs are just fine my friend. There was no "failed previous attempt". Plenty of workstations use AMD CPUs, with Radeons and Quadros, and ISV certified drivers. HP is doing what they have always done - received "motivation" from Intel in order to give them another generation or two of sales of shitty CPUs like the i5-8400. Must be because of that "certification" the 8400 has...

    BTW, a list of all those ISV certified HP, Dell, or Lenovo workstations, sorted by CPU:

  • Tams80 - Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - link

    What kind of nonsense is this?! O.o
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  • s.yu - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    IIRC they had Dreamcolor in notebooks from quite a while back...
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, April 16, 2020 - link

    They specifically called it out in the briefing that it was the first time in a notebook

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