HP has officially entered the new ultrabook arena with the Folio 13, a 13.3-inch ultraportable that’s notable for having what HP claims “the longest-lasting battery in its class” with a pack that’s listed to last up to nine hours. That’s two hours longer than what Apple promises on the MacBook Air, which would be an awesome highlight if HP’s talking about real-world performance.
True to ultrabook form, the HP Folio 13 is listed to measure less than 0.7 inches thick, made possible by a design that’s a bit similar to Apple’s MacBook Air with an all-metal chassis and backlit keyboard. The base system runs on a 1.4GHz Core i3 processor (with an option to upgrade to a 1.6GHz Core i5), 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state drive.
Thanks to a spec that tops out with a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, it doesn’t match up well against the MacBook Air in terms of performance, but it does come with a more attractive price if you’re looking for an ultraslim on a budget. The Folio 13 starts at $899, and will be available on December 7th.