HP refreshes premium Spectre 13 line with latest Intel processors

HP Spectre 13

HP managed to garner quite a bit of attention for its premium laptops in recent years thanks to its Spectre lineup. The Spectre x360, in particular, managed to snag a spot as our pick for the best convertible laptop for its build quality, looks, and usability. Now, HP is taking that a step further with updates to the Spectre x360 13 and its non-convertible sibling, the Spectre 13.

A look at the updated Spectre 13

Starting with the Spectre 13, HP is claiming this second-generation machine is "now the world's thinnest touch laptop" at 0.41-inches thick. Otherwise, the Spectre 13 packs the same sleek design as before. The main upgrades come in the form of the system's internals, which now feature Intel's latest eighth-generation Core i5 and i7 processors. That's rounded out by up to 1TB of solid-state drive (SSD) storage and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM. The thin-bezel 13.3-inch display comes in 1080p resolution with the base model with a 4K display available. HP is claiming up to 11.5 hours of battery life, and fast charging will allow you to go from zero to 50 percent battery life in 30 minutes.

As for ports, HP says the refreshed Spectre 13 includes two Thunderbolt 3 port and a single USB Type-C port. Windows Hello is also supported for secure logins via the Spectre 13's webcam.

And now, the Spectre x360 13 ...

The convertible Spectre x360 13 is also seeing some beefed up internals. Inside, HP equipped the x360 13 with Intel's eighth-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, along with up to 1TB of SSD storage and up to 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM. In terms of security, the convertible packs support for Windows Hello via its webcam, as well as through a fingerprint reader on its side. The 13.3-inch display is available at up to 4K resolution. HP claims up to 10 hours of mixed use battery life, with the ability to top off quickly with fast charging.

Like the Spectre 13, the x360 13 includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a single USB Type-A 3.1 port. A stylus is also available for digital inking with the x360 13's touch display.

HP says that the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre 13 will be available on October 29 starting at $1,149 and $1,299, respectively.

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  • 150 to 300 USD more than the iPhoneX
  • I wonder if HP's taken a stab at fixing its quality control issues given the Spectre x360 is such a poorly-made machine.
  • Still no precision touchpad drivers :(
  • there a hack to get precision driver on windows central
  • I tried the drivers and I swear it added a very small amount of input lag to tracking. It didn't make hard clicking any better (cursor will still often move when clicking down). Typical Synaptics junk.
  • yeah It can be some what of a hit or miss by device to
  • That's quick.
  • Dear HP, please start using 16:10 or 3:2 screens; all that bottom bezel is wasted space that could be usable screen real estate. 
  • Amen to that! 16:10 is what makes 13.3 Macbooks spacious and readable for documents (cutting out spaces for taskbar). I wonder why no laptops comes with it, when it is clearly superior. 16:10 13.3" or 14" 16:9 makes up for it these days,
  • Previously 16:10 was more common, but when all the HD fuzz started they began to fade away. My first 2 laptops were both 16:10, but, sadly, the one I use now is 16:9.
  • Yeah, the screen resolution is the chief reason pushing me back to the Surface line -- 3:2 is SO MUCH BETTER for use both as a tablet and for any actual work. 16:9 is only good for watching videos, too short to comfortably fit even a single full height page in Word on a 12-13" screen. Even 16:10 is better, but still nowehere near as good as 3:2.
  • Can it charge from the USB-C port with USB-PD?
  • Omg that white one