What you need to know
- The HP Spectre x360 16-inch 2-in-1 laptop arrives in October 2021.
- It features a 16-inch 16:10 3K display with a powerful 35-watt Intel H-series CPU.
- The 2-in-1 has a starting price of $1,639 and ships with Windows 11.
HP's fall 2021 slate is jam-packed with new devices, and one particularly high-profile item is the HP Spectre x360 16-inch 2-in-1 laptop. It's set to go on sale on HP's website starting in October of this year, though you can also expect to see it at Best Buy sometime later in the fall.
Based on the specs we've seen thus far, you can expect storage options such as a 512 GB Intel PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, and other top-tier inclusions like a 3072 x 1920 display, 11th Generation Intel Core i7-11390H CPU, and Windows 11. But that's not all.
The 16-inch Spectre x360 also packs Bang & Olufsen audio with quad speakers, up to 18 and a half hours of battery (depending on what you're doing), and an HP True Vision 5MP IR camera with a shutter, temporal noise reduction, and integrated dual array digital microphones.
And that's not all the camera has going for it. Here's what HP has to say about its inclusion of the Spectre x360's GlamCam: "With HP GlamCam, an intelligent 5MP camera that provides features like lighting correction, auto frame and beauty mode, you can keep your focus on what you're saying, not what you look like."
There you have it. Beauty mode will clean you up no matter what you look like, so long as you look clean and professional. Here are the specs for the default config HP shared with us:
|Category||HP Spectre x360 16|
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
|Processor||11th Gen Intel|
Up to Core i7-11390H
Up to 5.0GHz
|RAM||16GB to 32GB DDR4-3200MHz|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe|
|Storage||512GB to 1TB|
M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
32GB Intel Optane
400 nits, 100% sRGB
91% screen-to-body ratio
Flush Glass, Anti-Reflection, micro-edge
|Pen||HP Rechargeable MPP 2.0 Tilt|
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt 4|
Bang & Olufsen tuning
|Connectivity||Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210|
90W AC adapter
|Dimensions||14.09 x 9.66 x 0.78 inches|
(358mm x 245mm x 20mm)
|Weight||4.45 pounds (2.02kg)|
This new HP Spectre x360 16 features a similar 16:10 display to its smaller sibling, the excellent Specter x360 14, but instead of a 15-watt U-series processor, this 16-inch model rocks a more powerful 35-watt H-series one. HP doesn't force you to go with the RTX 3050 option, meaning this can effectively be just a bigger version of the Spectre x360 14 for those who want a larger screen.
You also benefit from that new massive 5MP front-facing camera making this laptop ideal for those who spend a lot of time on video calls. HP also gives you two color choices with Nocturne blue and Nightfall black, similar to its other Spectre laptops.
The 16-inch x360 will have a starting price of $1,639 though you may be able to scale that up or down based on needs. You'll find out soon enough, though, when the 2-in-1 goes on sale at HP.com in October and later in the year over at Best Buy.
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