HP’s Spectre Folio is a 13.3-inch convertible that looks like a leather book when closed
Updated on 30 January 2019: Added particulars on native availability and worth.
Originally printed on 2 October 2018:
What’s a firm to do to face out in a saturated ultraportable market? Experiment with completely different supplies, based on HP. The firm has introduced the HP Spectre Folio, a 2-in-1 laptop computer that’s clad in leather.
HP says it’s utilizing 100 per cent real, chrome-tanned full grain leather on the outside and the outer keyboard, an attention-grabbing strategy that could enchantment to those that need one thing apart from chilly, unfeeling steel. The laptop computer shall be obtainable in two colours, Cognac Brown and Bordeaux Burgundy.
However, HP has finished extra than simply wrap the Spectre Folio in leather. It’s clear the laptop computer was constructed across the leather and the design has been tweaked to raised showcase the fabric. Instead of merely folding the show round backwards to make use of it in tent or pill mode – which might clearly obscure the leather – you slide the show ahead over the keyboard.
This permits magnets to latch onto the show on the fringe of the keyboard or on the fringe of the laptop computer’s base, whereas nonetheless displaying off the leather. HP even designed the laptop computer to fold shut like a journal, full with a backbone and the suitable stitching. Here’s our unboxing and first impressions:-
The keyboard itself is aluminum, that includes chiclet keys and a 1.5mm key journey distance. The laptop computer additionally has a magnesium body, which attaches to the leather and holds a small motherboard that leaves room for a bigger 54.28Wh battery. HP is speaking up the Spectre Folio’s battery life right here, claiming as much as 18 hours on a single cost.
The show additionally makes use of Intel’s Low Power Display Technology, which takes the type of a 1W LCD panel made by Sharp and Innolux. The display is the largest battery drain on any cellular machine, and the low-power panel has clearly helped HP lengthen its battery life claims.
HP will ship the Spectre Folio with its Digital Pen, a stylus with tilt help and over 4,000 ranges of strain sensitivity.
Here’s an summary of its specs:
- 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS contact show
- Intel Core i7-8500Y (1.5GHz, 4MB L3 cache)
- 8GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM
- 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD
- 320.1 x 234.5 x 15.4mm
The 5W processor additionally means that HP has been capable of go along with a fanless design right here. Finally, for connectivity choices, you get two Thunderbolt Three and one USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-C port.
It is obtainable now in Cognac Brown at S$2,799. A Bordeaux Burgundy mannequin shall be obtainable in late February.