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HP Introduces First Business Laptops with AMD Ryzen 4000 Series Processors

Due late this month, the HP ProBook 445 G7 and HP ProBook 455 G7 (pictured) are the hardware maker’s first commercial notebooks to bear processors based on AMD’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture. By Rich Freeman

HP has introduced its first commercial laptops featuring AMD Ryzen 4000 series mobile processors.

The two new devices, called the HP ProBook 445 G7 and HP ProBook 455 G7, feature a selection of the manufacturer’s latest endpoint security technologies as well. 

Unveiled in January at this year’s CES show, Ryzen 4000 series processors utilize AMD’s new 7nm Zen 2 architecture, which the chip maker says offers a significant performance boost over previous generation laptop chips. 

The two new ProBook models announced today bear four-, six-, or eight-core Ryzen 4000 SKUs from the Ryzen 3 4300, Ryzen 5 4500, and Ryzen 7 4700 families.

Both devices are designed to provide long battery life as well, according to HP, which says that users can recharge their 3-cell batteries to 50% in 30 minutes using HP’s Fast Charge technology.

Security technologies shipped with the devices include HP Sure Start, a firmware intrusion detection and repair solution; HP Sure Sense, an artificial intelligence-powered antimalware solution; and the HP Privacy Camera, which uses a physical shutter on the camera lens to block malicious surveillance. Models featuring HP’s Sure View Gen 3 privacy filter are available too.

HP Sure Sense is one of the core components of the new small business security bundle that HP introduced two weeks ago.

The HP ProBook 445 G7 and HP ProBook 455 G7 both come with an aluminum chassis featuring a 180-degree lay-flat hinge, a near borderless display, and optional gigabit-speed Wi-Fi 6. They provide 16 GB of DDR4 memory, and support up to a 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD or triple-level cell (TLC) SSD, a128 GB M.2 SATA TLC SSD, a 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA drive, and a 500 GB 7200 rpm HDD.

The ProBook 445 G7, which has a 14-inch display, is 0.71 inches tall and has a 3.53 lbs. starting weight. The bigger ProBook 455 G7 is a 15.6-inch device that measures 0.75 in height and weighs in at 4.41 pounds and up.

The new devices are slated to reach shelves late this month at prices yet to be disclosed.

Last week, HP announced a series of “relief initiatives,” including financing programs and leasing options, designed to help end users short on cash due to the coronavirus pandemic purchase new hardware like the laptops unveiled today.

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