$900 HP ultrabook coming next month

Its commitment to the PC freshly reaffirmed, HP has joined in the industry’s latest craze, introducing its very first ultrabook. Actually, the HP Folio 13 isn’t due out until December 7, and HP is keeping some details under wraps for now. The announcement still covers the basics and reveals the machine’s good looks:

HP’s Folio 13 is a business ultrabook, and as its name suggests, it features a 13-inch display. HP also outfits it with a Sandy Bridge processor, a 128GB solid-state drive, and a battery rated for an impressive nine hours of run time—the longest of any ultrabook out today, the firm claims. Connectivity includes USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, an HDMI output, and an RJ-45 Ethernet port for old-school road warriors (or unfortunate souls confined to hotel rooms with poor Wi-Fi reception). Folks in need of extra connectivity can spring for an optional HP dock with "additional audio, video, network and USB connectivity." HP offers an optional TPM security chip, too.

This isn’t quite the thinnest or lightest ultrabook around, but at 18 mm (0.7") and 3.3 lbs, it’s by no means in need of a diet. In fact, it’s pretty close to the 13" MacBook Air’s 0.68" thickness and 2.96 lbs weight. Unlike the MacBook, the Folio 13 doesn’t appear to have a tapered front edge or a shiny, all-aluminum construction. That should help it look more inconspicuous at business meetings. I think it looks pretty tasteful, though; see the image gallery below for more pictures.

Also un-MacBook-like is the Folio 13’s asking price, which is just $899.99—quite a bit less than the $1,299 Apple charges for the cheapest 13" MacBook Air. Considering how good a job HP did with its Pavilion dm1z ultraportable not long ago, I’ve gotta say, I’m looking forward to this one.

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    • blastdoor
    • 8 years ago

    Does HP still make PCs?

    • LoneWolf15
    • 8 years ago

    Since it’s a business laptop, it might have possibilities. HP Business stuff is fairly good, though pricy.

    If it was part of their consumer line, I wouldn’t touch it. HP’s consumer laptop quality is lousy.

    • gmskking
    • 8 years ago

    More overpriced junk from HP.

      • BlackStar
      • 8 years ago

      My dm1z says hi.

        • NeelyCam
        • 8 years ago

        Still junk.

      • Chrispy_
      • 8 years ago

      My $249 HP mini also says hi.
      Unlike most asian tech firms, HP’s designs are usually tasteful, as well.

    • Yeats
    • 8 years ago

    [quote<]...and an RJ-45 Ethernet port for old-school road warriors (or unfortunate souls confined to hotel rooms with poor Wi-Fi reception)[/quote<] Or maybe for those who prefer the speed and consistency of teh wire?

    • TREE
    • 8 years ago

    I’m not to keen on that trackpad. I don’t know if it is exactly the same one, but my flat mates HP laptop, which I reckon is a budget one, has the exact same looking design. And after playing around with it yesterday for a few hours to remove some good old bloatware (including Norton’s IsAVirus) I can safely say the touchpad was a nightmare.

    • Goty
    • 8 years ago

    HP is looking to have a good season. This is a nice looking product and the new ENVY and dm4 refreshes look awesome, as well.

    • Hattig
    • 8 years ago

    The press release says “HD display” so I would hope that this isn’t that awful 1366×768 like most other 13″ Ultrabooks. Otherwise I think that HP might actually have a decent Ultrabook – although really this is a slim-line business mobile laptop that just happens to fall under the Ultrabook moniker.

    It’s just a shame that the HP dock is a USB2 dock, and not a Thunderbolt dock.

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      I don’t mind a lack of useless thunderbolt.

      • Yeats
      • 8 years ago

      1366×768 screen are often advertised as HD, because 720p is considered HD. 1080p is often referred to as “Full HD”.

        • 5150
        • 8 years ago

        Is 2560×1600 “Extreme HD”?

          • BlackStar
          • 8 years ago

          Quad HD.

    • 5150
    • 8 years ago

    If this is 1600×900 and doesn’t look like HP’s traditional garbage screen this might replace my X220 w/ IPS.

      • nico1982
      • 8 years ago

      It is 1366×768 and no mention of other resolution options at this time (http://ritchiesroom.com/2011/11/16/exclusive-first-look-pics-and-official-specs-of-upcoming-hp-ultrabooks/).

        • 5150
        • 8 years ago

        Gawdamit!

        • adisor19
        • 8 years ago

        Yep, they had to cut corners somewhere to make up for the 900$ price. Too bad they chose the screen 🙁

        Adi

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 8 years ago

          Well, it could always be like a $30 option. The thing that ruins many of the ultrabooks is that they aren’t customizable. You pick expensive SSD or super expensive SSD, expensive CPU, or super expensive CPU, and that’s about it.

            • adisor19
            • 8 years ago

            The difference will be more like 60 – 100$ depending on the quality of the TN screen AND the volume that is bought from the LCD manufacturer.

            Adi

      • rado992
      • 8 years ago

      The display in the video looks an awful lot like a 1366×768 panel, though. Also, measuring the screen height relative to the taskbar height, i get around 770 pixels, which again hints towards a 768p panel. Still, if it’s a [u<]good[/u<] 768p panel (as in good viewing angles and acceptable color range), i won't complain too much. 🙂

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    if it’s anything like the dm1z, it will be the one to get.

      • NeelyCam
      • 8 years ago

      Pricewise, not so much..

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