CES 2012 | HP officially unveils Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook

The Envy 14 Spectre will be covered, practically from top to bottom, with Gorilla Glass for a launch this February at $1400
Allen Ngo,

The mysterious ultrathin notebook HP has been teasing leading up to CES has finally been unveiled.

The Envy 14 Spectre will be a 14-inch Ultrabook sporting not one, but three distinct layers of smooth and shiny Gorilla glass. The first layer will be on the outer lid of the notebook, the second will cover the touchpad and the third will protect the screen itself. The triple use of Gorilla Glass is anticipated to be the unique selling point of this Envy Ultrabook.

Outside of the glass coverings, the HP Ultrabook will have Intel Core i5 and i7 options (likely Sandy Bridge), 1600x900 resolution display, up to 8GB RAM, 128GB or 256GB mSATA SSD, 1x USB 3.0, wireless-n, Mini DisplayPort and a backlit keyboard. Beats Audio speakers with a built-in subwoofer will be included as well, alongside a dedicated stereo-out jack.

In terms of physical dimensions, HP lists the notebook as being only 0.79-inch (20mm) thick and weighing just less than 4 pounds (1.81kg). Battery life is rated at up to 9 hours.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre, according to CNet, will be available this February 8th for a hefty $1400. Unfortunately, this also means that the Ultrabook will likely not be using the recently revealed Gorilla Glass 2, but the over-the-top use of Gorilla Glass is still intriguing nonetheless.


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Allen Ngo, 2012-01-10 (Update: 2012-05-26)
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.