The new HP Spectre x360 13.5″ laptop is a 3 pound convertible notebook with a 12th-gen Intel Core U-series processor, support for up to 32GB of RAM and 2TB of storage, and a 66 Wh battery.
As part of HP’s Spectre line of premium notebooks, it’s got a sleek design and some nice extras like quad speakers and support for an optional OLED display. But what makes it stand out from earlier members of the Spectre family is that this notebook has a 3:2 aspect ratio screen.
HP offers a choice of 1920 x 1280 pixel IPS LCD or 3000 x 2000 pixel OLED touchscreen displays. Both have slim bezels for a 90.1% screen-to-body ratio.
Aside from the display, the laptop also has a better webcam than most. HP has equipped the Spectre x360 13.5 with a 5MP IR webcam that works with HP’s camera software to help you look better during video calls with features like automatic framing (keeping you in the frame as you move), automatic backlight adjustment, AI noise reduction, and dynamic voice leveling.
There’s also a shutter that covers the camera when you’re not using it.
Prices start at $1250 for a model with an Intel Core i5-1235U processor, 8GB of LPDDR4x-4266 RAM, and 512GB of PCIe Gen 4 solid state storage, but the notebook supports up to a Core i7-1255U chip, 32GB of memory, and 2TB of storage.
The RAM is soldered to the motherboard, by the way, so it’s not user upgradeable. That means if you want more than the base 8GB of memory, then you’ll need to pay extra to purchase a laptop that comes with 16GB or 32GB pre-installed.
Ports include two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, a headset jack, and a microSD card reader. And the notebook comes with an HP Tilt Pen with support for pressure-sensitive input using Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0.
Other features include support for WiFi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2, a fingerprint reader, and a 65 watt USB Type-C charger that can take the battery from 0 to 50% in 45 minutes.
The HP Spectre x360 13.5″ has a metal body made from recycled aluminum, and HP says the keyboard’s keycaps were also made from post-consumer recycled plastic. The laptop measures 11.73″ x 8.68″ x 0.67″ and weighs 3.01 pounds.
HP is also launching a new Spectre x360 16 inch laptop with support for up to an Intel Core i7-12700H processor, optional support for Intel Arc A370M graphics, and 3072 x 1920 pixel IPS LCD or 3840 x 2400 pixel OLED display options (which means the larger model has a 16:10 display).
This 16 inch notebook has a 83 Wh battery, measures 14.09″ x 9.66″ x 0.78″ and has a starting weight of 4.45 pounds. It’s available starting today for $1650 and up from HP and Best Buy.