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HP's First Ultrabook is the HP Folio 13, for Business

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HP has announced its first ultrabook for the business sector.

Wednesday HP revealed its very first ultrabook, the HP Folio 13. Designed for the business sector, the company's new entry will arrive on December 7 with a starting price of $899.99 USD. It will feature the latest Intel Core processors, Intel Rapid Start Technology, USB 3.0 and an embedded TPM Embedded Security Chip to protect data sent via email and stored on the zippy solid state drive.

"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, executive vice president, Worldwide Research Products, and chief research officer, 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."

According to HP, the ultrabook's battery life promises up to 9 hours -- the highest performance available among Ultrabook devices currently on the market, the company claims. It also measures just 0.71-inches thin, weighs around 3.3 pounds, and sports a 13.3-inch HD BrightView display. There's even a backlit keyboard for mobile users who work in low-light conditions.

"The HP Folio 13 features HP CoolSense technology, which uses advanced hardware and intelligent software for a noticeably cooler notebook," the company said on Wednesday. "The notebook also includes an HP ImagePad for highly accurate, advanced multitouch gesture support."

As for other features, the new ultrabook offers 128 GB of storage via the SSD, an HP TrueVision HD Webcam, Dolby Advanced Audio, a metal chassis and a "full array of ports, including RJ-45 and USB 3.0." The HP Folio 13 can also be configured with a range of Microsoft Windows 7 operating systems, including Windows 7 Professional.

According to various reports, the first model will sport an Intel Core i5-2467M processor, 4 GB of RAM and all the features previously mentioned (although HP didn't specify an actual processor or RAM amount). As for the "array" of ports, images reveal Ethernet, HDMI, USB and an SD card reader on one side, and another USB port on the other side.

Folio 13 users who need a desktop-like environment or additional audio, video, network and USB connectivity can connect the HP Folio 13 to the optional HP USB 2.0 dock, the company said.

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    Anonymous , November 17, 2011 7:11 PM
    What resolution is the display? 1366x768? If so, this will be another joke of a notebook. 1080p please.
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    lp231 , November 17, 2011 7:19 PM
    I am the almighty bung hole! It would be a shame for your Polio to get Folio! :p 
    What SSD is used? Regular types or flash stick type running on microSATA like in other ultrabooks?
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    shadamus , November 17, 2011 7:20 PM
    rnnmma299What resolution is the display? 1366x768? If so, this will be another joke of a notebook. 1080p please.


    No thank you to 1080p on a 13.3" screen. I'm barely comfortable with 1080p in my 15.6" screen.
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    mcd023 , November 17, 2011 7:30 PM
    I wonder if they'll make a 15" version. 13" is a bit small for me.
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    lp231 , November 17, 2011 7:31 PM
    shadamusNo thank you to 1080p on a 13.3" screen. I'm barely comfortable with 1080p in my 15.6" screen.

    Dell used to have 15" running at 1920x1200. You need a electron magnifier to read what's on the screen.
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    jacobdrj , November 17, 2011 7:44 PM
    lp231Dell used to have 15" running at 1920x1200. You need a electron magnifier to read what's on the screen.


    A) Get glasses
    B) Increase your font settings...
    C) Enjoy the resolution......
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    billybobser , November 17, 2011 8:00 PM
    HP failio.

    Although i'm not sure anyone in the 'business' is going to waste that much on a 'ultrabook'.

    It's not as portable as a tablet, and nowhere near powerful enough for any work, and not cost efficient at all.

    It may be used however by pretentious commuters on trains showing off their kit while typing a word document while on the phone.
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    AnUnusedUsername , November 17, 2011 9:12 PM
    @billybobser The point is that it has a keyboard/mouse interface, and is thus strictly better than a tablet for business, as it is usable. Most work in many industries doesn't require any more power than that required to run a text editor and the occasional word or excel spreadsheet. Tablets can't do even that because of interface, but a light laptop can do it just fine while still being portable. The only industry I can think of that needs more power than that is photo editing/3d modeling, pretty much everywhere else the major work is performed by remote servers instead of workstations anyway.

    There is value in portability, even if you don't see it. It's a lot less of a pain to carry around a laptop for work if you don't need to lug it around in a bag just for it, and "ordinary" laptops almost all are too thick for a standard briefcase or other case.
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    legacy7955 , November 17, 2011 10:07 PM
    billybobserHP failio.Although i'm not sure anyone in the 'business' is going to waste that much on a 'ultrabook'.It's not as portable as a tablet, and nowhere near powerful enough for any work, and not cost efficient at all.It may be used however by pretentious commuters on trains showing off their kit while typing a word document while on the phone.


    Yeah try actually getting work done on that crappy tablet, if it ain't got a REAL keyboard, it ain't gunna be truly productive. Tablets are going to become extinct long before the lap top or even the desktop.
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    dalethepcman , November 18, 2011 12:47 AM
    billybobserand nowhere near powerful enough for any work


    How is a 13.3" laptop with an i5 or i7 not powerful enough to get real work done? This ultra thin laptop is more powerful than most 2u servers were 4-5 years ago.

    Quote:
    and an embedded TPM Embedded

    redundant

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    alidan , November 18, 2011 2:44 AM
    lp231Dell used to have 15" running at 1920x1200. You need a electron magnifier to read what's on the screen.


    i zoom in on my 21 inch 1920x1200. than again i sit a good 3 feet away normally, and at times about 10.
    i get a great resolution for games, i get great display for i think it was under 300$, i cant see a single thing wrong with it.

    point being, the extra resolution is there when you can use it, and when you dont, zoom in, you can do this in windows makeing everything bigger, text wise.
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    ojas , November 18, 2011 3:37 AM
    billybobserHP failio.Although i'm not sure anyone in the 'business' is going to waste that much on a 'ultrabook'.It's not as portable as a tablet, and nowhere near powerful enough for any work, and not cost efficient at all.It may be used however by pretentious commuters on trains showing off their kit while typing a word document while on the phone.


    1) Anyone who has to carry a laptop around all day would argue that every kg of weight counts.
    2) Low power consumption = cool laptop + long battery life = perfect for people working on the move.
    3) A Sandy/Ivy/Haswell/Broadwell/Skylake/Skymont i5 or i7 is/will be good enough to play Crysis (ignoring the GPU part)
    4) IGP is more than enough for most, if not all non-gaming tasks. With coming generations of IGPs from both AMD and Intel, i imagine even video editing will be done using the APU.
    5) It has a 128GB SSD and i'm sure you can buy a larger one too. If you think 128GB is small, then no it isn't, because if you cut out games and other non-essential stuff (for business or home-office type work) then that's pretty much enough. My OS+Music Library+Videos (not including movies)+ALL DATA+programs+page file = 102GB approx.

    So what's the failing? I think it's great. Not as portable as a tablet? why not? Ultrabooks are like what, 1.5 Kg in weight? apple's ipad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab are around 600g. This has a bigger screen, but then you needed to carry your tablet in a bag too, why not carry a thin laptop? They're only a bit thicker, after all.
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    eddieroolz , November 18, 2011 7:23 AM
    For $899, this is pretty damn good. I remember paying $899 for a bulky HP laptop back in 2007 - complete with Core Duo and an extended, 12-cell battery that was a pain to carry.
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    belardo , November 18, 2011 12:06 PM
    alidani zoom in on my 21 inch 1920x1200. than again i sit a good 3 feet away

    21" LCD monitors are usually 1600x1200 if it has 1200 vertical Rez. Today's 21-26" monitors are 1920x1080. For high end notebooks, 1920x1080 on 15" looks quite nice... Your are closer to a notebook screen compared to a desktop.
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    alidan , November 19, 2011 12:37 AM
    belardo21" LCD monitors are usually 1600x1200 if it has 1200 vertical Rez. Today's 21-26" monitors are 1920x1080. For high end notebooks, 1920x1080 on 15" looks quite nice... Your are closer to a notebook screen compared to a desktop.


    not sure what you mean exactly, but i will say this, im never using a 16:9 for a pc ever again, if ever presented a choice. it may not be alot but 16:10 makes a huge difference.