HP Folio Ultrabook, Envy Leverage Ultrabook, Beats Trends
HP, fresh off keeping its PC-manufacturing division in-house, is busy releasing new laptops that take advantage of trends in ultra-thin hardware and sound technology.Hewlett-Packard is moving into the ultrabook game with its HP Folio, a super-thin 13.3-inch laptop with an advertised battery life of nine hours and the newest Intel Core processors. Intel remains an aggressive driver of the nascent ultrabook category, partnering with a variety of manufacturers to issue devices that conform to the chip maker's specifications for the products. At the recent CEATEC conference in Japan, for example, Intel demonstrated ultrabooks with roughly similar design parameters from Toshiba (with the Dynabook), Acer (the Aspire S3-1) and Asus (the UX21).
Ultrabooks in many ways represent an attempt by Intel and those manufacturers to leverage consumers' increased interest in thin and portable devices, which has driven the tablet market to unprecedented heights. With its own TouchPad tablet plans reduced to smoking ashes, and its anticipated tablets running Windows 8 still some quarters away, HP is likely looking to remain a player in the more-mobile segment by any avenues available. That means products such as the Windows 7-equipped HP Folio, which weighs 3.3 pounds and includes a solid-state drive with 128GB of storage space.