HP continues its march toward premium PC territory with the new HP Spectre, which the company calls “the world’s slimmest laptop.” So far, the numbers stand up. According to HP, the 13-inch Spectre is 10.4mm thick.
The Spectre is built from carbon fiber and aluminum with a black and copper color scheme. The full HD IPS display is shielded by edge-to-edge Gorilla Glass and rests on piston-driven hinges, with dual Bang and Olufsen speakers flanking the backlit keyboard and glass trackpad.
Rather than the Intel Core M processors commonly found in the new breed of ultralight devices like last year’s Macbook, HP has managed to squeeze Intel Core i5 or i7 processor into the Spectre’s 2.45 lb (1,111 g) body. Partnered with up to 8 GB of memory and up to 512 GB of storage, this should offer pro-level users a little more processing grunt.
To keep these internal mechanics running smoothly, HP says it had to rethink its approach to keeping things cool. With what it calls hyperbaric cooling technology, HP says that the Spectre pulls cold air inside instead of simply venting heat out, which combines with dynamic power settings to keep the processor performing at a high level.
When it comes to plugging in, HP is leaping aboard the USB Type C train with three ports, all of which support charging, data transfer and external displays, while two support Thunderbolt at speeds of up to 40 gb/s. Battery life is rated at nine hours.
The Spectre will be available for pre-order on April 25 and will be priced at US$1,170. You can check out the promo video below.