MWC 2015 | HP presents the Spectre x360 13 convertible
HP today confirmed the existence of the recently leaked Spectre x360 13 convertible with its official announcement. A 360-degree hinge allows this device to function as an ultrabook, a tablet or a presentation stand. Thanks to the chassis fully made of CNC aluminium, the Spectre x360 is only 15.9 mm thick and weighs just 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs). Pictures of the convertible in its various modes can be found at the end of this article.
Several configurations will be made available to customers. Curiously, both the speculated display options turned out to be true: buyers can choose between Full HD (1920x1080) and QHD (2560x1440) IPS touchscreens. Users who wish for improved touch input precision can purchase an HP Active Pen for $60. The installed keyboard is backlit, which should help users who often work in the dark.
An M.2 SSD takes care of data storage, configurable with 128, 256 or 512 GB capacity. RAM ranges from 4 to 8 GB (DDR3L) and either an Intel Core i5-5200U or an i7-5500U processor can be selected. HP decided not to offer lower-powered Intel Core M option since the Broadwell-U Core i5 and i7 are more suitable for a premium multimedia-oriented convertible in terms of performance while still providing a sufficiently long battery life. HP installed a 56 Wh battery to ensure that, claiming 11 hours of 1080p video playback (for comparison: the current Apple MacBook Air reaches 12 hours in the same conditions but with a 720p video instead). Additionally, the display supports PSR (Panel Self-Refresh) technology that allows to save power by allowing the panel to refresh only when the image displayed on it actually changes.
A generous amount of ports is installed, enough to compete with most 15.6-inch laptops: three USB 3.0 (Sleep-and-Charge enabled), HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, SD-cardreader and a 3.5-mm audio jack. There is no Ethernet jack but a USB-to-Ethernet dongle will be bundled with the convertible. Wireless networks are provided by an Intel module (Wireless-AC 7265) which supports Bluetooth 4.0 and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac as well as WiDi (and hence, Miracast). The webcam is capable of recording Full HD videos.
The pricing starts from $900 for the basic configuration (Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Full HD). Doubling the RAM and the SSD capacity and upgrading to a Core i7 will increase the price to $1150, and the maxed-out configuration with a QHD display and a 512 GB SSD will cost $1400. In the US, the Spectre x360 13 can already be ordered from the HP website, in which case it should ship in a few weeks. Alternatively, one can wait till March 15, when it's scheduled to appear on the shelves of select brick-and-mortar stores such as BestBuy.