HP Spectre 13 announced as world's slimmest laptop

April 6, 2016 | 12:56

Tags: #laptop #macbook #notebook #ultrabook #ultra-portable

Companies: #apple #hewlett-packard #hp

Hewlett Packard's consumer arm has announced what it claims to be the world's slimmest laptop at just 10.4mm thick, despite packing some of Intel's more powerful chips into its eye-catching frame.

HP's new Spectre 13 is designed to appeal to the aesthete: its thickest point measures 10.4mm, handily beating Apple's latest-generation MacBook's 13.1mm despite using Intel's Core i5 and i7 processors in place of the latter's lower-performance Core M. Precise specifications will depend on the user's selection of parts, but the company has confirmed the new laptop can be configured with up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage in the 1.11KG body.

To build a slim system using anything other than the Intel Core M or an ARM chip, HP claims it had to get clever. The Spectre 13 uses what the company calls 'hyperbaric cooling technology' to pull in colder air from its environment instead of simply venting excess heat - though how this differs from a simple negative-pressure fan setup is not explained by the company.

The Spectre 13 includes a 13" Full HD in-plane switching (IPS) display behind a Corning Gorilla Glass protective layer, popping up on - for some reason - piston-driven hinges which stand proud of the laptop's main and eye-catching black and copper body. Like the MacBook to which it aims to offer competition, ports are naturally limited: the rear includes three USB Type C ports for data transfer and charging, with two of the three supporting Thunderbolt connectivity.

UK pricing has yet to be confirmed, with HP aiming for a late-April US launch starting at $1,170 (around £834 excluding taxes.)
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