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HP Release Next-Gen Spectre Laptops

HP has today unveiled its next-generation Spectre x360 13 laptops available from major Australian retailers starting at $1999.

Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi, and The Good Guys will all stock the Natural Silver and Poseidon Blue X360 13 in late October, with the Nightfall black version also available via HP’s website.

A fourth option will be introduced in January 2020 with HP’s Sure View display technology which limits viewing angles from those sitting beside you, however, pricing is not yet available.

The new range of premium laptops comes after the latest refresh of the Chromebook x360 which included HP’s first integrated Universal Stylus Initiative.

The HP Spectre x360 13 boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio, and is 13% smaller than its previous model, weighing only 1.3kg.

Constructed from high-precision aluminium CNC, with a dual chamfered angular design, the Spectre x360 13 includes double the performance thanks to the quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core processor with Iris Plus Graphics.

The Nightfall Black version will include an i7 Intel Core, 16 GB of RAM, a 4K OLED display, and 512 GB SSD with 32 GB Optane memory.

The optional 4K OLED 13-inch diagonal display brings with it True Black HDR with an anti-reflection display for outdoor viewing, the standard model is shipped with a full HD LED screen.

The included HP Display Control, is a new feature designed to produce more accurate colours from the optional OLED screen.

The laptop ditches Synaptics trackpad drivers for Windows Precision drivers, similar to the HP Envy lineup, though the size of the trackpad has reduced with the overall size of the laptop.

The Project Athena verified laptop offers up to 22 hours of battery life for all-day use, and thanks to the bottom graphite sheet, heat is disbursed more effectively.

The included HP Webcam Kill Switch, a dedicated mute mic button and the inclusion of Windows Hello, brings smart security to the forefront.

HP has also managed to engineer the world’s smallest Windows Hello-enabled IR webcam to fit in 2.2mm thick bezel at the top of the Spectre x360 13, claiming the camera has a smaller circumference than a grain of rice.

Included with every purchase is a 30-day trial to both Express VPN and LastPass Premium, for even more added security.

Another interesting feature is the USB-C ports embedded into the two diagonally cut corners, which HP says is for ‘ improved cord
management’.

Coupled with a power button on the left corner of the device, accidental power shut-offs are reduced.

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