HP’s Spectre x360 13 laptop gets a redesign and record-breaking battery life

This gem-shaped convertible laptop improves greatly on last year’s model

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2019 HP Spectre x360 13 laptop

HP is announcing their 2019 Spectre x360 13 laptop. This elegantly designed convertible laptop sports “jewel-like” aesthetics thanks to its faceted corners and unique gem-cut design. This year’s model improves on the previous model’s design by reducing the size down lengthwise by 13% or exactly 23mm. On one side of the faceted edge, you’ll find a USB-C port and the power button on the other.

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The top-of-the-line model comes with a 13.3″ 4K OLED anti-reflective Gorilla Glass screen with True Black HDR. It is capable of pixel dimming and offers a high 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The Spectre x360 13 also boasts a 90% screen-to-body-ratio. And like its predecessor, its form factor allows the laptop to be manipulated in multiple ways. The sound inside the laptop is also premium with Bang and Olufsen speakers, and the laptop offers improved connectivity with Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit 4G LTE and 4×4 antennas on board.

This year’s model offers the world’s longest battery life for a 13” quad-core convertible. Specifically, the Spectre x360 13 offers a battery life of up to 22 hours. It also offers HP Fast Charge which allows the laptop to charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

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The Spectre x360 13 comes with a 2MM Windows Hello-enabled IR camera which is HP’s smallest camera so far. Designed with privacy in mind, a dedicated kill switch for the webcam can be found on the side of the laptop as well as a mute mic button on the keyboard. The F1 button on the keyboard also works to activate the SureView Privacy Screen which enables a black filter on the display for increased privacy.

Internally, the Spectre x360 13 is powered by a 10th generation Intel Core i7 Quad-core with Intel Iris Plus Graphics. The top-of-the-line model comes with a 1TB SSD plus 32GB Intel Optane memory, and 16GB of RAM. With these specifications, HP promises a boost in performance such as accelerated photo editing and 3D content creation as well as speeding up video renders.

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To support its powerful internals, HP equipped the laptop with an enhanced thermal design. HP has enlarged the laptop’s air inlets and outlets to help with cooling. The heat pipes for this model were increased to 3 (the previous model had 1) and an opening was added on the rear to act as another inlet hole. HP has also loaded the Spectre x360 13 with a thermal management app to help optimize system performance, fan, noise, and temperature.

The models will be available in three colors: Nightfall Black with Copper Luxe accents, Natural Silver, and Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass accents.

The HP Spectre x360 13 will come in 3 variants. The FHD / Core i5 / 8GB / 256GB SSD model will retail for $1,099.99. For $1,299.99, you can pick up the FHD / Core i7 / 8GB / 512GB SSD model with 32GB of Intel Optane memory. For $1,499.99 you can get the 4K AMOLED display with an anti-reflection Corning Gorilla Glass screen and 16GB of RAM.

Some of the models are available starting today, but the Core i7 variants will available in October at BestBuy.

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