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HP announces its Folio 13 Ultrabook offering

Touts 'best' battery life
Wed Nov 16 2011, 10:48

MAKER OF EXPENSIVE PRINTER INK HP has joined Intel's Ultrabook party with its Folio 13 laptop.

After deciding to keep its PC business, HP has introduced the Folio 13, a laptop we thought might be in the making back in September. Its first Ultrabook will offer up to nine hours of battery life, which it claims is the best on the market.

"This category of product breaks new ground and will be a likely choice for businesses to offer to employees looking for a more consumer-centric experience," said Crawford Del Prete, EVP of worldwide research products at IDC. "We expect Ultrabooks will re-ignite interest in the small form factor PC category, and by 2015 expect 95 million Ultrabooks will be shipping worldwide annually."

As you can guess from the name, the Folio 13 will have a 13.3in high definition Brightview display. In keeping with the Ultrabook format it will be thin and light at 18mm and 1.5kg. However, this doesn't match up to likes of the Asus Zenbook, which is 9mm at its thickest point at tips the scales at just 1.3kg.

The Ultrabook brand is backed by Intel, so naturally the Folio 13 will have an Intel Sandy Bridge processor with Rapid Start technology. This will be accompanied by a 128GB solid state drive and ports including USB 3.0 and Ethernet.

Come January next year a version will be available with a trusted platform module (TMP) embedded security chip to protect data. Features will include a backlit keyboard, HP's Coolsense technology and a Truevision high definition webcam.

HP said the Folio 13 Ultrabook will launch on 7 December in the US and will retail for $899. The UK launch will occur in the beginning of February next year with a price of £849. µ


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