It seemed strange after hearing that HP would pull out of the PC business that they were still working on an Ultrabook offering. After they reneged on that decision, it made more sense that they were planning to join the club. And now a site called Ritchie’s Room has gotten the scoop on the HP , a 13.3″ Ultrabook.
The Folio, or DM3, will be available with Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM, expandable to 8 GB, and a 128 GB SSD for internal storage. It has a brushed metal case and a soft-touch rubberized base that makes it easy to grip. It’s not the lightest or thinnest of the Ultrabooks, weighing in at 1.49 kg and being 1.8 cm thick, but it’s a decent form factor that should appeal to enterprise customers.
The thickness of the HP Folio allows it to house full-sized Gigabit Ethernet, one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, and HDMI ports, and a full-sized SDHC card slot, so at least the form offers functionality, similar to the Toshibatablet and its full-sized peripheral ports.
Rounding out the specs, the 13.3″ screen has a standard 1366 x 768 resolution and good viewing angles. The chiclet or island keyboard is backlit, which is a nice touch. Altec Lansing speakers (not Beats) are on-board, and are slightly disappointing in sound quality. Overall build quality is quite high, sturdy hinge, rubberized base, and metal chassis.
It’s nice to see that even though HP has had some major missteps this year, they have at least recovered from their brief slip-up with the PC business indecision and come up with a solid offering for the Ultrabook category. The HP Folio should be available in December, pricing yet to be determined.