HP Folio ultrabook available--initially, on the cheap

Hewlett-Packard's Folio 13 ultrabook can be had for as little as $703 but that initial offer will likely be very short-lived.

HP Folio ultrabook is available for order now--and for a limited time is being offered at a discount.
HP Folio ultrabook is available for order now--and for a limited time is being offered at a discount. Hewlett-Packard

HP's first ultrabook is now available--and for a limited time below the list price of $899.

The 3.3-pound, 0.7-inch thick Folio 13 was announced on November 15 and has just become available today.

It packs decent hardware for a model that retails for $899, sans coupon code (see graphic). The Folio has a Core i5-2467M processor (not a lower-performance Core i3 like other ultrabooks), 4GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive, a backlit keyboard, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

As of Wednesday, a coupon code triggered a $703.49 price. That appears to be no longer the case, however.
As of Wednesday, a coupon code triggered a $703.49 price. That appears to be no longer the case, however. Hewlett-Packard

Remember, it costs more to build really skinny laptops: tolerances are tighter and materials, heat ventilation tech, and screens are all pricier than mainstream laptops.

Cost is probably the greatest challenge that Intel and the ultrabook ecosystem face in the coming 12 months. Surprisingly, some ultrabooks, like Toshiba's, came out of the gate at $799, which is probably very close to cost. (Best Buy goes back and forth between $799.99 and $899.99, depending on the day.)

For a limited time, the HP Folio 13 is available via a coupon for less than the $899 list price.

Via Liliputing.

Updated on December 8 at 9:45 a.m. PST: with new coupon pricing. The Folio 13 appears to be no longer available with a coupon for $703.49. A different coupon with a more modest discount is available.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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