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HP's 2018 Specter x360 laptops adopt bold, smart design, stylus in the box

HP has pulled the veil back on a whole new look and feel for its large Specter x360 Series 2-in-1…

HP has pulled the veil back on a whole new look and feel for its large Specter x360 Series 2-in-1 Notebooks . Both the models HP Specter x360 13 and Specter x360 15 come in a brand new design for 2018 – and with stronger silicone matching.

The new laptops, which can still be converted a 360-degree hinged duo, encapsulated in a CNC aluminum shell that has been machined to assume angled expansion ports (ie Thunderbolt 3 USB-C).

Of course, the new laptops come with the 8th generation ( Whiskey Lake ) Intel Core i7 processors, but basically, the bigger is better with the HP Specter x360 2-in- 1s. That is, if you prefer a smaller 2-in-1


The 13-inch model is powered by integrated Intel graphics, 8GB DDR4 memory and 256GB SSD space (to boot) – all behind a 13.3-inch Full HD (1.920 x 1.080) screen. Meanwhile, 15-inch discreet Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics inside, along with 16GB of memory and a 256GB SSD, get behind a 15.6 inch 4K Ultra HD (3.840 x 2.160) touch screen.

If you are interested, you can increase the 13-inch model’s storage and memory offerings with up to 512GB and 16GB respectively. Similarly, the 15-inch model can be upgraded to double its storage capacity of 512 GB.

With this, the HP Specter x360 13 assumes up to 22 hours of mixed usage on a single charge, while the 15-inch model promises more than 16 hours.

 HP Specter x360

Built for Usability and Integrity

These two words starting with the letter “P” appear to be a basic ethos behind HP’s new Specter x360 laptops.

For example, both versions come with a set of USB-C and other ports. The 13-inch model has two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-C 3.1 ports and a single standard USB 3.1 port. The 15-inch range offers a Thunderbolt 3 port, a USB C 3.1 port, a standard USB 3.1 port and an HDMI 2.0 port. Finally, both laptops will pack microSD slots, 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5, as well as support for Gigabit LTE (with a data plan that matches).

Better than, both devices come with fingerprint reader and IR cameras standard for secure login through Windows Hello – like HP’s Digital Pen stylus in the box.

Perhaps the most interesting feature available in both versions of the HP Specter x360 is an electrical deadlock for the webcam. According to HP, this feature reduces the electrical signal from the rest of the laptop to the camera, which may be even better than any mechanical shutter we’ve seen on other laptops.

HP will start selling Specter x360 13 and Specter x360 15 in November on its website starting at $ 1,149 (approximately £ 890, AU $ 1,620) and $ 1,389 (approximately £ 1,070, AU $ 1,960) , respectively. In the United States, both laptops will hit Best Buy stores in December.

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