News: New HP Spectre is only 10.4mm thick, while Apple’s MacBook has thickness of 13.2mm.
HP has unveiled the Spectre laptop, which the company claims is the world’s thinnest with a thickness of just 10.4 mm – firmly pitting the laptop as a competitor to Apple’s 13.2mm MacBook.
The new HP Spectre runs on Intel Core i5 and i7 processors along with options of RAM up to 8GB and storage up to 512GB. It has a full HD 13.3 screen with Bang & Olufsen speakers.
It also features three USB Type-C connectors, including two of which support Thunderbolt, to offer a fast I/O connection.
The laptop features a new hybrid battery, which is divided into two thinner pieces, to deliver a similar wattage as a single battery for up to 9 and half hours of battery life.
The HP Spectre is priced from $1,169.99 and is due to be launched on HP’s official site on 25 April in the US. Customers in the UK can order the laptop from July, at a starting price of £1,149.
HP vice president and general manager of consumer personal systems Kevin Frost said: "The HP Spectre is the thinnest notebook in the world, and unlike the majority of other super thin PCs on the market, this laptop doesn’t compromise power or features."
The PC maker is also collaborating with designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah, who worked on two limited edition laptops that have texture, diamonds and 18K gold. They will be auctioned to support the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
HP vice president of design, personal systems Stacy Wolff said: "We have brought in the designers to create an extraordinary experience on our thinnest laptop ever, reinventing how luxury design and powerful laptop technology can come together to create spectacular works of art."
In November 2015 the 75-year-old IT giant Hewlett-Packard split into two companies, HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
Since the split, HP saw first quarter net revenue of $12.2bn, down 12% from the prior-year period. Profit fell year-on-year from $0.8bn to $0.6bn.
Personal systems net revenue fell 13% year-on-year, while notebooks units were down 8%.
HP recently enhanced its line of Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations, adding increased system expandability, higher-speed memory and multicore updates.
The upgraded HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 desktop workstations feature next generation multi-core Intel Xeon processors, the latest graphics options from NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro. They come with the choice of Microsoft or Linux operating systems.