HP has announced a refresh to the popular Spectre x360. The Ultrabook now packs a slimmer chassis along with significant performance improvements compared to its predecessors. In addition, the Spectre x360 also features Thunderbolt 3 and Windows Hello support as well.
Compared to its second revision, this most recent Spectre x360 is now 2mm thinner in its most thinnest point and about 13.8mm slimmer at the thickest point. Besides that, HP also claims that the notebook is also lighter, weighing in at around 1.2Kg – the previous model weighed about 1.4Kg.
Despite being slimmer, HP have somehow managed to fit a bigger battery on the Spectre x360 (57.8Wh). According to HP, battery life improvements is estimated to be around 25% better compared to the second generation notebook. The improvements done to the Spectre x360, however, doesn’t stop there.
One of the more exciting upgrades that HP has bestowed onto the latest Spectre x360 notebook is a Kaby Lake processor. To be more specific, the slim notebook is now equipped with an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU, which is definitely a significant upgrade to the older Skylake-based Core i7-6500U CPU.
Thunderbolt 3 support via a pair of USB-C ports are also featured on the latest HP Spectre x360 notebook. The ’round-barrel’ charging port found on older Spectre x360s has been omitted, which means that charging is now done by using either of the included USB-C ports – it was nice of HP to include two of these.
The final major upgrades done to the HP Spectre x360 would be the addition of an infra-red camera to support Windows Hello (a biometric security layer) as well as the change from using a SATA-based SSD to NVMe. This would, of course, provide a significant performance boost, especially when coupled with the Kaby Lake processor.
Unfortunately, the availability of the latest HP Spectre x360 in Malaysia was not announced by HP yet. However, the notebook is said to have already been made available for certain regions with a price tag of US$1,050 (about RM4,410).