Broadwell-powered HP Spectre 13 x360 surfaces on the web
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The Italian magazine Tablet PC Italy has recently posted a video showing off HP's new Spectre 13 x360 convertible. References to it were also discovered on HP's American website, and only an official announcement is needed to confirm the pricing and availability in the US.
As suggested by its name, the device will use a 13.3-inch screen with a 360-degree hinge allowing it to be used both as a laptop and a tablet. HP's Spectre lineup mainly consists of premium devices for multimedia: we've previously reviewed the Spectre 13 ultrabook and the Spectre 13 x2 convertible but neither device offers a rotatable hinge. According to the video, a Full HD (1920x1080 pixels) panel will be installed but other sources claim that QHD (2560x1440) resolution will be used instead. Either way, a sharp image can be expected from the screen.
The convertible will be powered by an Intel Broadwell ULV Core i5 or Core i7 CPU and their integrated graphics and up to 8 GB of RAM can be installed. The buyers can choose between a 256 GB or a 512 GB SSD. A wireless module from Intel will be used, offering support for dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Miracast and Wi-Di. Physical connections include three USB 3.0 ports, SD cardreader and two video outputs (HDMI and mini-DisplayPort).
The slim-looking chassis is only 15.6 mm (0.6 inch) thick and weighs only 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs) yet it houses a relatively large 56 Wh battery, promising long runtimes in conjunction with the frugal Broadwell chips. In Europe, the convertible will be available for purchase already in February, with prices starting from €1300. We'll update our readers once HP confirms the price and the launch date in the US.
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