The HP Spectre x360 is a 2-in-1 laptop that's thin, light and has long battery life

HP has officially announced its latest Windows 8.1 laptop, the HP Spectre x360. Some information about the notebook got leaked in January, and today's official reveal confirms most of the leak's information, including its 2-in-1 design and a long battery life.

The display of the 13.3-inch HP Spectre x360 has a hinge that turns it 360 degrees and allows owners to use the notebook with several modes. HP says:

"Users can transition seamlessly from notebook mode for work, stand mode for viewing entertainment, tent mode for touchscreen entertainment, or tablet mode for on the go. To ensure the display glides smoothly and stays in place where a user wants it, the HP Spectre x360 has innovative new hinges that contain a set of three spiral gears for synchronized and precise movement. The geared hinge design allows the HP Spectre x360 to maintain the same thin profile in tablet mode that it has when closed."

The HP Spectre x360 also just 3.3 pounds and is 15.9 millimeters thick, with a CNC aluminum case that includes "polished metal on the sides that is achieved using a single machined cut, giving it a jewelry-like finish in a natural silver color." HP adds:

"To give customers the battery life they expect, the HP Spectre x360 features a 56-watt hour battery that precisely fits into the CNC aluminum body. Next, HP looked at the biggest driver of battery drain – the high-resolution touch display. The touch panel on the HP Spectre x360 is optically bonded to the display, increasing brightness and pulling each pixel up to the surface of the display. On models with the Quad HD display, the HP Spectre x360 takes advantage of Panel Self Refresh (PSR) technology which holds images on the screen to allow portions of the PC to power down when nothing on-screen is moving. As a result of these and other focus areas, the HP Spectre x360 delivers up to 12.5 hours of battery life."

The HP Spectre x360 is on sale now at the company's website and will go on sale March 15 at Best Buy. HP is selling three versions of the laptop. One has an Intel Core i5 processor, A full HD touchscreen display, 4GB of LPDDR3 system memory and a 128GB SSD for $899.99. The second has an Intel Core i7 processor, a full HD touchscreen, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for $1149.99. Finally, the third version has an Intel Core i7 processor, a Quad HD touchscreen, 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD for $1399.99.

Which version are you guys most interested in?

Source: HP

John Callaham