HP's Newest Laptop Has an 'Air' of Familiarity
Back when Apple launched its MacBook Air line of laptops, a lot of competitors showed up to compete in the light-and-thin laptop game. Heck, the device practically spawned an entire class of notebook — the “ultrabook.” But while we’ve seen a lot of companies try to equal or best the MacBook Air’s form factor, we’ve not seen one that looked almost exactly like a MacBook Air until now.
The Folio 1020 includes some features that Apple hasn’t yet brought to the Air, such as a high-density screen (the Folio packs a 12.5-inch 2560 x 1440 display) and a fingerprint sensor. And there’s even a flavor of the Folio that comes with a touchscreen, enabling you to use all those touch-capable Windows 8 apps along with the typical keyboard-and-mouse fare.
Other hardware highlights include solid-state storage, 8 GM of RAM and Intel’s newest Core M processor. The Core M, by the way, isn’t the fastest chip on the block; however, it produces a lot less heat than Intel’s “i” line. As a result, the Folio does away with a fan entirely.
So yeah, it looks a bit like a MacBook Air. But HP didn’t just put out a spec-for-spec copycat and call it a day. The EliteBook Folio 1020 is a pretty unique device, at least on paper. We don’t have any price news at this time, but we’ll certainly get that to you when we have a bit more info on the device.
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