HP wants to make an impression with the new Spectre. It unveiled the laptop at the International Luxury Conference in Versailles today, announcing an aluminium-bodied machine that is no thicker than an AAA-battery.
The Spectre is 10.4mm thick and weighs only 2.45 pounds. By comparison, Apple’s thinnest MacBook is a maximum of 13.1mm thick and weighs 2.03 pounds. HP has used a high-quality finish with glossy copper accents intended to reflect a “hand-polished, jewellery-like finish,” incorporating a 13.3-inch Full HD edge-to-edge display to complete the laptop’s design.
The processor is a sixth-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip, depending on specification. Up to 8GB of memory and 512GB of solid state storage can be configured. Every model features Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, a 9.5 hour battery life and three USB Type-C ports, two of which support Thunderbolt data transfers.
“The HP Spectre is the thinnest notebook in the world, and unlike the majority of other super thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn’t compromise power or features,” said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, of HP consumer personal systems. “A beautiful Full HD edge-to-edge display, Intel Core i processors coupled with Bang & Olufsen sound and a sexy and thin design, HP amazing engineers set a new standard with the all new Spectre.”
The Spectre will be available to pre-order online from April 25th at HP’s store and at Best Buy for launch on May 22nd. Worldwide availability has yet to be announced. Pricing will start at $1,169.99 for online pre-orders.
HP has also introduced some new high-performance laptops for its ENVY line. The 15.6-inch ENVY x360 can be configured with up to 16GB of memory and single or dual storage, facilitating an optional 2TB hard drive and 256GB SSD. It weighs 4.5 pounds and measures up to be 18.8mm thick. Pricing starts at $679.99. The convertible will launch on May 29 at Best Buy and on June 1 at HP.com.
The 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch ENVY notebooks have been updated to include sixth-generation Intel Core processors and new storage options. The 15.6-inch model is available with storage up to a 1TB hard drive and 256GB SSD, increasing to a 512GB SSD on the 17.3-inch edition. The larger model also gets optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics for superior gaming and video editing performance.
The 15.6-inch ENVY is now half a pound lighter at 4.4 pounds and 17.95mm thick. Its 17.3-inch sibling weighs 6.6 pounds and measures 25.45mm thick. Both models support HP Fast Charge technology, facilitating a 90 percent battery charge in only 90 minutes. The 15.6-inch ENVY will launch on May 25 from $779.99. The 17.3-inch edition will launch on May 29 for $1,029.99.