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HP Spectre 13 ‘World’s Thinnest’ Laptop, Spectre x360 Delivers on Battery

HP announces its new uber-thin Spectre 13 laptop and Spectre x360 convertible tablet/laptop. Both incorporate next-gen processors, displays and industrial designs.


HP has announced its latest-generation HP Spectre 13 and HP Spectre x360 laptops. Available on Oct. 29, the large electronics company's second-generation Spectre 13 PCs offer consumers a choice between the market's thinnest touchscreen laptops, and convertible PCs that deliver nearly 17 hours of battery life. 

“HP is delivering the world's thinnest touch laptops, while setting new industry standards for battery life, security and design,” states Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, consumer personal systems, HP Inc. “Our spectre portfolio is redefining the premium PC segment, providing unique user experiences that will inspire creativity and unlock limitless opportunities to bring incredible ideas to life.”

The Spectre 13 laptop pricing starts at $1,300. The Spectre x360 convertible tablet/laptop starts at $1,150. 

'World's Thinnest' Spectre 13

Utilizing its latest industrial designs and built from CNC aluminum and carbon fiber, the Spectre 13 touch laptop is available in a choice of ceramic white with pale gold accents or dark ash silver with copper accents. 

HP says the laptop employs eight-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors with up to 1TB of SSD storage and 16GBs of RAM. 

Externally, the laptop also employs a Corning Gorilla Glass NBT display with resolutions up to UltraHD 4K, and a full-size, edge-to-edge backlit keyboard. 

The Spectre 13 touch laptop's battery provides as much as 11.5 hours of battery life, and HP says the laptop charges from zero percent to 50 percent battery life within 30 minutes via its Fast Charge technology. 

Spectre x360 Tablet/Laptop

Also featuring a new industrial design, the Spectre x360 utilizes a CNC machined aluminum body finished in a choice of either natural silver or dark ash silver with copper accents. 

The Spectre x360's design also features micro-edge bezels, along with Corning Glass NBT 13-inch displays that are available in resolutions up to 4K. 

HP points out the Spectre x360 features eighth-generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors, solid-state storage options up to 1TB, and as much as 16GBs of RAM. 

Separating its features from similar products, the convertible, which operates as either a laptop or tablet also incorporates a fingerprint reader and privacy screen options on the HD models that eliminate visual hacking with a single keystroke. 

Moreover, the Spectre x360 also includes HP's FHD IR camera to login with facial recognition technologies, and its Windows Ink Certified pen supports a simultaneous user experience of touch and pen strokes.  

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company adds the Spectre x360 also delivers up to 16.5 hours of battery life, while the Windows Ink Certified pen charges via USB-C to provide a charge life of 198 minutes. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons in Haverhill, Mass.


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