Dell, Lenovo, and even Razer are now offering 16:10 business laptops. Will HP follow suit? We think there’s a good chance of seeing more high-end laptops from HP sporting aspect ratios other than 16:9 like 16:10 or 3:2.
The last generation EliteBook x360 1030 G4 was already one of the best subnotebook convertibles meaning that HP only had to play it safe and introduce minor updates to the latest EliteBook x360 1030 G7 revision. Indeed, the G7 swapped some ports around, switched up some keyboard features, and made the bezels even narrower for a better overall system even if the gen-to-gen differences are marginal.
For HP’s next move in the EliteBook x360 1030 series, we believe that a jump to 16:10 is in store and only logical considering the target audience and current trend in this specific category. More and more 13-inch “prosumer” subnotebooks like the Dell XPS 13, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, and Razer Book have been making headlines for their 16:10 displays instead of the usual 16:9. The Apple MacBook series in particular has had 16:10 displays for years. The squarer aspect ratio is generally preferable for office-type workloads for which laptops like the EliteBook x360 1030 specialize at.
When compared to some of the other items in our wish list (AMD Ryzen Pro options, wireless charging, and TrackPoint), a 16:10 display seems like the most likely to happen in the near future. If not 16:10, then 3:2 might be a possibility as well since the upcoming HP Spectre x360 14 will incorporate a 13.5-inch OLED 3:2 display not found on any other mass market laptop. OEMs frequently implement one or two panels across a wide range of models meaning that it wouldn’t be out of the question to see more 3:2 options from HP in the future. In either case, 16:9 business laptops will likely shrink over time as 16:10 and 3:2 panels become more common and widely available.
Allen Ngo, 2020-11-20 (Update: 2020-11-17)