HP has been tweaking its popular Spectre x360 convertible lineup with a new 13-inch model. While the new x360 maintains the overall look of its predecessor, it’s 13 percent smaller. It also has less noticeable display bezels, with the top half of the computer featuring a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio where the 2018 model was only 78 percent display. At 2.8 pounds, the new Spectre is also lighter than both the 2018 MacBook Air and 2019 MacBook Pro.
The Spectre x360 13 features an aluminum chassis that’s 13 percent smaller than last year’s model, hitting the scales at just 2.8 pounds. The system can be equipped with up to a 4K OLED, 400-nit display with True Black HDR, 100,000:1 contrast ratio and an impressive 90 percent scree-to-body ratio. It’s the first time HP has offered a 13-inch 4K OLED.
HP’s new system adheres to Intel’s Project Athena program, offering twice the performance of last year’s model thanks to up to a 10th Gen Intel Core processor with Iris Plus graphics. You can also equip the convertible with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD with 32GB Optane drive although expect to pay a pretty penny (closer to $1,700) for such high-end amenities.
Other goodies include Wi-Fi 6 support, optional 4G LTE connectivity, USB-C connectivity, a physical kill switch for the webcam and up to 22 hours of battery life on a single charge.
The new 13-inch Spectre x360 convertible laptop will be available in October, starting at $1,099 for the base model with Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. You’ll have to pay a $400 premium to get the top-end model with 4K AMOLED display. Upgrading to the more expensive model also nets you a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD that’s complemented by a 32GB Intel Optane memory module.