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HP's new Spectre x360 convertibles boast more modern and stylish designs

By Koh Wanzi - on 30 Jan 2019, 6:27pm

HP's new Spectre x360 convertibles boast new and more stylish designs

HP Spectre x360 13

HP has announced the local availability of its new Spectre x360 notebooks. Available in both 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch variants, the updated convertibles sport a more modern, faceted design and the latest Intel Whiskey Lake processors. 

The company also added a bunch of new features and improved on key areas. The updated notebooks now offer longer battery life, a dedicated hardware switch to "kill" the webcam, and a USB-C charging port. The webcam switch should appeal to those concerned about privacy, and it works by electrically disabling the webcam and removing the driver from Windows. 

The faceted aluminum chassis is super striking, but it serves a functional purpose as well. The additional corners have given HP a discreet location for things like the power button and an extra USB-C port, so the sides of the notebook don't end up super cluttered. 

A look at the ports on the right.

In total, the Spectre x360 13 features two Thunderbolt 3, one USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A, and a headphone and microphone combo jack, which is pretty decent. That said, it'd have been nice to see additional Type-A ports as that's still the most common connector that people use. 

Here's an overview of its specifcations:

  • 13.3-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel IPS touchscreen display
  • Intel Core i7-8565U processor (1.8GHz, 8MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD
  • 61Wh Li-ion polymer battery
  • 308.8 x 217.9 x 14.5mm
  • 1.32kg

The above configuration will cost you S$2,799, but you can also get it with a Core i5-8265U processor (1.6GHz, 6MB L3 cache) and 8GB of RAM, which will cost you just S$2,399. 

The laptop is available in either Dark Ash Silver or Poseidon Blue. 

The Spectre x360 13 in Dark Ash Silver (left) and Poseidon Blue.

If you'd like something larger, HP also has the Spectre x360 15, a 15.6-inch convertible that is a bigger and more powerful version of the Spectre x360 13. 

HP Spectre x360 15

Here's a look at its specifications: 

  • 15.6-inch 3,840 x 2,160-pixel IPS touchscreen display
  • Intel Core i7-8750H processor (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • 16GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Max-Q
  • 512GB SSD
  • 84Wh Li-ion battery
  • 361 x 250 x 19.3mm
  • 2.17kg

HP says the convertible features a new thermal design to keep running cooler. The display also boasts a peak brightness of 340 nits, so the laptop feels like a good fit for watching videos on Netflix.

Of course, all that comes at a steeper price, and the above configuration will cost you S$3,099. Both the Spectre x360 13 and 15 are available to buy now. 


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