- A good keyboard, on the level of Thinkpads or 2015-ish Macbook Pros
- 13 or 14 inch screen, at least Retina level resolution, HDR would be nice, as matte as possible
- Pressure and tilt support for the pen
- At least 16GB of RAM
- USB A, C and HDMI connectors would be nice
- At least Iris level graphics with free drivers (so no NVidia)
- A replaceable battery would be nice
- Working dual boog (I need Win10 for various things), full Linux support (including wifi et al)
HP Elite Dragonfly
The documentation is unclear on whether the pen supports tilting. More importantly this model is only available with Intel 8th gen processors and online reviews say the screen is super glossy.
Lenovo Yoga X1 Gen5
Pen does not support tilting. The graphics card is a standard Intel HD, not Iris.
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 7390
This is the one that gets the closest. There is no USB A or HDMI connectors, and the pen requires an AAAA battery. This is annoying but tolerable. Unfortunately the keyboard is of the super thin type, which is just not usable.
So now what?
Probably going to stick with the current ones for now. New models come out at a fairly steady pace, so maybe this mythical white whale will become available for purchase at some point. Alternatively I might eventually just fold, give up on some requirements and buy a compromise machine. Typically this causes the dream machine to become available for purchase immediately afterwards, when it is too late.