HP has been promising us a new laptop that can beat the MacBook, and today the company unveiled it. It’s called the Spectre, and at just 10.4mm thick, it’s slimmer than many tablets — and packing all the specifications you want in an ultraportable.
Just like Apple’s MacBook family, the Spectre is focused solely on being a great laptop. It doesn’t transform into a tablet, it doesn’t have a touchscreen, and there are no fancy pens. It has a 13.3-inch 1080p display, and impressive specifications as standard.
They include an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of solid-state storage, 9.5 hours of battery life, three USB-C ports, and a headphone jack. Buyers can also opt for an Intel Core i7 chip and upgrade the internals if they’re willing to spend more.
You may notice that HP hasn’t opted to use the Intel Core M chip that Apple did in the MacBook. According to the company’s vice president of consumer PCs, that’s because “customers want Core i, and I’m here to tell you today we pulled it off.”
The downside to Core i chips (if you really need one) is that they needs fans for better cooling. HP has put two of them inside the Spectre, but they clearly don’t add much bulk in this case.
HP is calling this the thinnest laptop on the market. It’s almost 3mm thinner than the MacBook, and almost 5mm thinner than Dell’s impressive XPS 13. The Spectre is even thinner than a AAA battery, and Motorola’s Moto X Play smartphone.
But as you might expect, engineering like this doesn’t come cheap. When it goes up for pre-order on April 25, the Spectre will start at $1,169.99 through the HP online store. One model will also be available from Best Buy starting May 22, priced at $1,249.99.