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HP unveils Folio13 as first business-class Ultrabook

HP has unveiled its new Ultrabook device, Folio13, aimed at business users.

Three weeks after confirming it would hold onto its PC business, HP has unveiled a new consumer Ultrabook aimed at business users.

The 13.3-inch HP Folio13 has up to nine hours of battery life, features Intel core processors and Rapid Start technology as well as a solid-state drive (SSD) with 128GB of storage. HP said the Folio13 is the company's first business Ultrabook. 

Crawford Del Prete, chief research officer at IDC, said: “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.”

The Ultrabook also includes an embedded TPM security chip to protect email data.

The HP Folio13 will be available from 7 December 2011, from $899.99.

Toshiba, Acer and Lenovo have launched a series of lightweight Ultrabook laptops combining notebook, smartphone and tablet capabilities in September 2011.

HP reversed its decision to spin-off the company's PC division following an internal review by CEO Meg Whitman, who replaced former head Leo Apotheker in September.

The about-turn to retain its Personal Systems Group (PSG) reverses Apotheker's August announcement that HP would ditch its PC business and concentrate on software.

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