When compared to the previous generation, the ZBook 14u is now 28 percent thinner, coming in at just 17.9mm and weighs a bit less at 1.48kg. Both the ZBook 14u G5 and the ZBook 15u also come with CNC machined chassis and aluminum keyboard deck, bringing a touch of class to these workstation workhorses.
When it comes to hardware, both the new HP ZBook 14u G5 and the ZBook 15u G5 have been updated with optional 14-inch/15.6-inch 4K IPS LED-backlit screens, in addition to the usual 1080p IPS standard and touch screens.
The entire series uses a wide range of Intel's latest 8th generation quad-core mobile CPUs, ranging from Core i5-8250U to the Core i7-8650U. It can also be equipped with up to 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM in two SO-DIMM slots, up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage or HP's 1TB HP Z Turbo Drive G2.
Unlike the HP Elitebook series, which can be equipped with AMD Radeon RX 540 discrete graphics, the ZBook 14u/15u G5 come with a workstation-oriented Radeon Pro WX 3100. Offering 1.07TFLOPs of compute performance and 2GB of GDDR5 memory on a 128-bit memory interface, the Radeon Pro WX 3100 ought to provide decent performance in CAD or design applications like Autodesk Revit, Siemens NX, Solidworks or PTC Creo.
AMD also published a short post, listing some of the features and advantages of the Radeon Pro WX 3100 at its own website.
The rest of the specifications including a couple of USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 3 port, an HP Premium Collaboration Keyboard which is spill resistant and comes with an optional backlit feature, Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, and a 3-cell, 50Wh battery that it's claimed will keep both the 14u and the 15u alive for up to 10 hours.
According to HP, the new and updated ZBook 14u/15u G5 series are likely be available sometime this month, starting at US $1,099 and US $1,109, respectively.