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Windows 10’s MacBook challenger: HP revamps Spectre x360 with thinner case and bigger battery

#Windows10 #HPSpectrex360Windows 10’s MacBook challenger: HP revamps Spectre x360 with thinner case and bigger battery : HP has refreshed its popular Spectre x360 laptop and the more affordable Envy, bringing hardware improvements, longer-life batteries, and Windows 10 features to the new systems.

The new Spectre x360 represents HP’s efforts to perfect the mobility of the first generation of the convertible laptop, which offered a solid if slightly heavy non-Surface Windows answer to the MacBook.

HP has shaved 10mm from the bezel on each side of the screen to deliver its “near zero border” 13.3-inch touch display in the updated model. The overhauled Spectre x360 retains the aluminum finish and curves of its predecessor, but at 13.88mm thick and weighing 2.85lb (1.29kg), it is 13 percent slimmer and 11 percent lighter.

In spite of the weight drop, the new model packs a larger 57.8W battery, which along with fine-tuning for Intel’s Kaby Lake processors will offer up to 15 hours of battery life, according to HP.

It has also added an infrared camera to the device, bringing support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 Hello facial login. Dual-array mics have also been optimized to support Cortana’s voice-control features, while there are now four rather than two speakers.

The laptop also features a backlit keyboard, two USB-Type C ports with Thunderbolt 3 support and one USB-Type A 3.0 port. The Spectre x360 laptop will be available with Intel’s new generation i5 or i7 processors, solid state storage of up to 1TB, and up to 16GB of RAM. It will be available on October 12 starting at $1,050.

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