HP Australia has introduced the first American company ultrabook. According to the RitchiesRoom site, the new thin and light laptop has a 13.3 inch display and it’s called the HP Folio. It’s reportedly a reworked Pavilion dm3 chassis, which is also confirmed by the inscription of that very name on the inside of its lid, ostensibly making the Folio moniker an exercise in superfluous branding.
HP Folio ultrabook integrates the latest Intel Core i7/i5/i3 processor, has a fast solid state disk (SSD) and a thickness of less than 2 cm. Please note that HP was among the companies nominated for the launch of a ultrabook, so that HP Folio is one of 11 models expected until the end of the year.
Acer, Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba were the first company to bet in the segment of ultrabook, a class of notebooks created and promoted by Intel, which hopes to increase sales of these models to account for 40% of notebooks sold by the end of 2012.
Two models will be available, with the differentiator between them being a choice of Intel processors: either a low-voltage 1.4GHz Core i3 or a 1.6GHz Core i5 that maxes out at 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost enabled. The HP model will be available with a 1.4 GHz Core i3 processor or a 1.6 Ghz Core i5 processor. The laptop will come with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB solid state drive.
As you can notice from the photographs, lid of the laptop has a brushed metal finish, while the bottom has a rubberized plastic material. The touchpad is a ClickPad, with the left button located on the touch-sensitive surface. The HP Folio measures 12.5″ x 8.7″ x 0.7″ and weighs 1.49Kg.
There is a function button that activates and de-activates the backlit keyboard, the second Ultrabook to offer this added feature. In darkness the keys are bright and defined. Like its competitor, it’s a thoughtful add-on for those who might need it in low light or dark conditions. The Altec Lansing speakers that sit between the hinges are clear at higher volumes, but without much low end response. There’s also an Ethernet jack for wired networking enthusiasts!
The HP Folio should hit Australia in December, but no pricing information is available yet.