Has HP made a Windows Ultrabook lighter than a MacBook Air?

HP Folio 1020 expected to weigh in at 1kg and have a 9-hour battery life

HP has unveiled a super-slim business Ultrabook range as the firm aims to win over enterprise customers.

The EliteBook Folio 1020 Special Edition will offer up a 12.5in Quad HD (QHD) display wrapped in a 15.7mm chassis crafted from carbon-fibre and magnesium lithium alloy. HP is yet to confirm the final weight but estimates the SE model will be 1kg. If true, it will make the Folio lighter than the smaller 11.6in MacBook Air (1.08kg).

A standard edition Folio 1020 without the carbon fibre has been confirmed to weigh 1.2kg.

HP has revealed the Folio Ultrabooks will ship with fan-less Intel Core M processors and SSDs but has yet to release details about CPU speeds or storage capacities.

Battery life is estimated to be up to 9 hours and the devices will also be rated to military standard - making them resistant to drops, shocks and capable of working in extreme temperatures.

HP will also debut a Premium Keyboard' design which has been developed after user feedback.

The PC maker will also load up its devices with a raft of security options including Trusted Platform Modules, fingerprint readers, pre-boot authentication as well as management options via LanDesk and vPro. 

The HP EliteBook Folio 1020 Standard Edition will arrive in February, followed by the Special Edition in March. Pricing will be announced closer to availability, but they are expected to be priced as premium devices.

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