Video: I’ve been looking for a new thin, powerful, USB Type-C-powered laptop for quite a while now, but I seem to have missed HP’s early-April announcement of the new Spectre: a 13-inch laptop that’s barely over 10 millimetres thick, but that still has Intel’s excellent Core i5 and Core i7 processors inside. This laptop looks beautiful, and it wants to dethrone Apple’s MacBook as the high-flying business exec’s super-luxury gadget of choice.
HP uses the word artisan a lot to describe the Spectre — it “has an artisan feel, almost if it was hammered out, filed, polished”. Not necessarily true for something that will inevitably be mass produced, but certainly possible for a one-of-a-kind prototype. There’s certainly a lot of rose gold on there, that’s for sure.
Under the hood, you can expect a still-relatively-gutsy but ultra-low-voltage Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB of flash storage, a 1920×1080 pixel display for its 13.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, and a battery capable of lasting 9.5 hours. Charging is done over USB Type-C, of course, and there are three ports total — two supporting the higher-speed Thunderbolt standard.
HP will sell the Spectre in the US for as little as $US1170 within a couple of months. We’re checking to see whether it’ll come to Australia any time soon. [HP]