HP on April 5, unveiled its newest innovation, the HP Spectre, which it claims is the world’s thinnest laptop, offering proof that it is driving innovation faster than Apple’s MacBook.
The Spectre, which measures 10.4 millimeters (0.41 inches) thick is slimmer than the 12-inch Retina MacBook (0.52 inches), MacBook Air (0.68 inches) and Dell XPS 13 (0.59 inches) at their thickest points. It’s also thinner than the 0.52-inch Razer Blade Stealth by comparison.
Spectre’s simplicity and premium design makes it a potential competitor to Apple’s MacBook Air. It will be available for pre-order on April 25 before it hits Best Buy stores on May 22.
From a design perspective, Spectre 13 screams luxury. It features an ash silver color with copper accents, which are hand-polished to give it that expensive and jewelry-like feel.
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HP’s new notebook looks like a sleek, general purpose laptop, with an advertised nine-hour battery life, 13-inch HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display, and sixth generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor.
The Spectre is as thin as a AAA battery. Most of today’s laptops are plenty portable. But HP’s latest device proves that PC manufacturers are yet to dig ways to make their devices thinner and lighter still.
The intention of the new Spectre device is meant to attract people who care about power: The Spectre is equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of memory, and about 10 hours of battery life. And for music lovers, HP tapped Bang & Olufsen to give its laptop credit in the audio department.
Other specifications include a glass trackpad, three USB-C ports (two of which support Thunderbolt 3), up to 512GB PCIe SSD storage, and Intel HD Graphics 520. Early indications are that the SSD and memory are soldered onto the mainboard, suggesting HP sacrificed repairability for thinness.
In addition, a Bluetooth mouse, carry bag and leather sleeve that match the design of the Spectre notebook will be sold as accessories.
In a promo video, HP describes the Spectre as being “more artisan than manufactured”, it believes that this ultra-thin laptop could dethrone the MacBook, mainly because it makes no compromises.
The company is clearly attempting to push its latest “luxury” model as a trendsetter in the premium PC laptop market. Though the MacBook Air might be cheaper, but design-wise, the Spectre 13 will give it a run for its money.