HP Spectre Crams Core i7 CPUs Inside The Slimmest Ever Laptop Frame


We love our gadgets slim as much as the next guy. When it comes to laptops, though, we usually put up with a little bulk, since most of the ultra-slim offerings in the category do so at the expense of power, using Intel’s Core M chips in favor of the more powerful Core i series. That, however, isn’t the case with the HP Spectre, which boasts full-fledged Core i5 and i7 processors inside its excessively svelte frame.

More impressively, it does that while out-slimming every other laptop in the market (including MacBooks), coming in at just 10.4 mm in thickness. Think of it as HP’s answer to the 12-inch MacBook, except thinner, more powerful, and with more USB-C slots for even better utility.


As has been customary for ultra-slim laptops, the HP Spectre puts a premium on good looks, combining a CNC-machined aluminum chassis with a carbon fiber bottom panel and high-gloss copper accents.  Core specs include a 13.3-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution (no touchscreen, though), 6th-gen Core i5 and i7 CPUs, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. A hybrid battery design allows it to maintain the slim frame by splitting the power source into separate modules working in unison, which can power the laptop for up to 9 hours of operation. Other features include a hyperbaric cooling system that draws cold air into the laptop, Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, 2×2 Wi-Fi antenna, and three USB-C ports with Thunderbolt support.


The HP Spectre will be available for preorder beginning April 25, priced at $1,169.99.

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