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HP Spectre x360 13 gets major refresh with tiny bezels, 4K OLED

The HP Spectre x360 13 has long been one of our top recommended convertible laptops, but there have been two lingering issues that kept it from being perfect: no Precision touchpad, and those thick bezels. HP not only fixed that with the late-2019 edition of the Spectre, it did so much more.

Besides getting Precision drivers, HP shrunk the bezels. They're now just 6 mm, down from 17 mm. That gives the Spectre a new 90 percent screen-to-body ratio. They're so thin HP had to invent a new micro web camera for it. The camera doesn't make any sacrifices though as it still supports full Windows Hello infrared (IR) and is located on the top bezel.

What's new with the Spectre x360 13

For the first time, HP is offering a 4K AMOLED panel with new anti-reflection glass technology. The display supports DCI-P3, sRGB, and Adobe RGB presets with every display factory calibrated. It's simply stunning and the first 13-inch AMOLED we have seen in a laptop.

With 23 mm shaved off, the new Spectre is also significantly smaller than last year's model. The battery size is the same as last year's, however, at a beefy 60WHr. The new Spectre x360 13 weighs just 2.9 lbs (1.3KG), the same as the previous version.

CategoryHP Spectre x360 13
OSWindows 10 Home
Display13.3 in, 16:9 aspect ratio
Full HD 300 Nits
4K UHD AMOLED 400 Nits
Processor10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7
GraphicsIntel Iris Plus
Memory8 or 16GB LPDDR4-3200
Storage512GB or 1TB SSD and 32GB Intel Optane
PenYes, active (included)
Expandable storageMicro SD reader
Front cameraHP TrueVision HD IR camera
SecurityWindows Hello IR, fingeprint
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, 4G LTE (optional)
PortsTwo USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3
One USB 3.1 Type-A
HDMI 2.0
DisplayPort 1.4
AudioBang & Olufsen with dual speakers
65W AC adapter
Dimensions12.08 in (W) x 7.66 in (D) x 0.67 in (H)
Weight2.88 lb (1.3kg)
ColorsDark Ash or Silver
AvailabilityExpected October 2019

There is one downside we found with the late-2019 edition of the Spectre. HP had to remove the top-firing speakers due to lack of space on the top deck. Instead, there are two on the bottom. While a shame, it's the only sacrifice made in what is all wins so far.

New 10th Gen Intel quad-core processors with Iris Plus graphics dramatically improve performance. HP also jumped from one to three heat pipes to keep it all cool. There are now extra air intakes in the top keyboard deck (behind the keys) to allow more airflow, which is creative.

Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and optional 4G LTE (nano and e-SIM) with 4x4 antennas keep you always connected. There's a new network booster app that lets you combine LTE with Wi-Fi use at the same time to increase your throughput. If you use a Type-C Ethernet dongle you can even combine Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and LTE into one single data-gobbling stream.

For ports, you still get two Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, one Type-A with a drop-jaw to save space, HDMI 2.0, micro SD reader, and DisplayPort 1.4.

Security and privacy are a significant focus for HP. The Spectre still has a webcam kill switch and new this year is a dedicated function key to mute the microphone with an LED. Optional Sure View Gen3 tech keeps your screen private from onlookers. HP is tossing in free trials of Express VPN and LastPass to add to that security and privacy story.

A truly impressive update

All these changes make the new Spectre x360 possibly one of the best 13-inch convertibles on the market.

Look for the new Spectre x360 13 to hit store shelves in October 2019, starting at $1,099. The 4K AMOLED version with Core i7 and 16GB of RAM with Intel Optane and SSD runs $1,499 and will be sold at Best Buy in the U.S. Don't forget that HP Pen is included with all models.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

  • I might go for one of these. Very happy to see OLED taking over. Combined with Dark Mode, and we can actually save battery life on these displays too. There are still two big negatives for me with this (and I say that as a fan of the line: my main portable now is an older generation Spectre x360): 1. No place to put the pen, so it's lost or left behind, massively diminishing its usefulness (at least include a small one that can be stored in the system, there's room at the hinge end). Surface has its magnet, others include a docking bay for the pen. HP fails terribly on this point. 2. 16:9 aspect ratio screen. This is the worst aspect ratio on a laptop. 16:10 would be better (good enough), 3:2 would be ideal. I realize this is much more subjective and some people probably prefer the wide short 16:9 screens. But, no one else gets everything right to my preferences either, so I might just have to deal with those limitations.
  • It's definitely a shame there's nowhere to store the pen, but i actually think there probably isn't room to store one inside this. I've got the 15 inch 8705G model from last year, and it comes with a fairly nice slip case which holds the laptop and pen, not as elegant as a silo, but it does the job well enough for me and i definitely prefer it to a magnet.
  • Maybe they'll add 16:10 or 3:2 next year if customers show enough demand for that.
  • The bundled pen has a slot in the bundled sleeve.
  • Excellent laptop by the sound of things. That port selection on a 13 inch should have most other manufacturers feeling ashamed. Not totally sold on 4K on a13 inch, but I love the OLED.
  • A long time ago I made the decision to no longer buy OEM hardware and just stick to Surface.
    Models like this, though.... might actually draw me back. Well done HP
  • Why would you do that to yourself?
  • Because surface devices work well? I've stuck with them for a long time.
  • Great improvements indeed. I considered the 2018 but decided to wait to buy the XPS 13 2 in 1 that recently came out fully spec'd. Look forward to seeing how this stacks up to it.
  • Hey, just a heads up: it doesn't come with hdmi, but with micro SD slot (you can check on the hp website that is linked here). :)
  • They are off with the price its $1699.99 on bestbuy right now but coming soon. Also i dont see a display port? I just want to know if the nvme drive is user upgradeable.
  • Too bad they didn't drop in a decent dedicated Nvidia graphics card so we could edit some video on it.
  • Your spec sheet is all kinds of wrong (partially HP to blame?): It's LPDDR4X-3733, not LPDDR4-3200. It's not got DisplayPort nor HDMI ports. It has 2x Thunderbolt 3 ports that can carry DP/HDMI. The FHD non-privacy-screen is rated for 400 nits, not 300 nits. It comes in a third color, Poseidon Blue. There are 6 storage options, not two. 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB TLC. And then 512 GB QLC w/ 32 GB Optane & 1 TB QLC w/ 32 GB Optane