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HP announces Spectre Folio 2-in-1 just a day ahead of Microsoft's Surface event

HP announces Spectre Folio 2-in-1 just a day ahead of Microsoft's Surface event (Source: HP)
HP announces Spectre Folio 2-in-1 just a day ahead of Microsoft's Surface event (Source: HP)
Dual-core Amber Lake-Y CPUs will debut on the Spectre Folio convertible when it launches later this month for $1400 USD. Perhaps not by coincidence, the conference was streamed live this morning in the very same city that Microsoft will be holding its Surface press event scheduled for October 2nd.

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HP is kicking off the week with a bang. During an early AM press event in New York, the world's largest PC manufacturer unveiled a 13.3-inch Spectre Folio 2-in-1 designed to compete directly against Microsoft's Surface Pro series of tablets.

Core specifications include:

  • 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display w/ Gorilla Glass 4
  • Dual-core 1.3 GHz Intel Core i5-8200Y or 1.5 GHz Core i7-8500Y CPU
  • Integrated UHD Graphics 615
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 256 GB PCIe SSD
  • 2x Thunderbolt ports, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 1 w/ DisplayPort 1.2, 1x USB Type-C Gen. 2, 3.5 mm combo audio
  • 2x2 Intel WLAN, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Intel XMM 7560 LTE (for Core i7 SKU)
  • HD webcam
  • 6-cell 54.28 Wh battery
  • 12.60 in x 9.23 in x 0.60 in
  • 3.28 lbs

Aside from its attractive cognac brown chassis and leather finish, the system will sport new Amber Lake-Y CPUs. When compared to Kaby Lake-R, these Amber Lake-Y processors have fewer physical cores (dual-core vs. quad-core) and run at about half the TDP (7 W vs. 15 W). It looks like the Spectre Folio was designed specifically with passive cooling in mind and so common Kaby Lake-R options like the i5-8250U or i7-8550U may not have been possible.

The Spectre series is home to HP's flagship consumer devices while the Folio series is home to HP's flagship business devices. The Spectre Folio appears to be a merging of the two families with the best qualities from each. It can be considered an evolution of last year's well-received Elite x2 2-in-1.

Check out the official press images and spec sheet below for more information. The HP Spectre Folio is now available for pre-order for $1400 USD with an expected ship date on October 29.

(Source: HP)
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Allen Ngo, 2018-10- 1 (Update: 2018-10- 1)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.