HP Inc has announced that its ultra-thin Spectre 13.3in laptop has gone on sale in the UK, enabling buyers to get their hands on what is claimed to be the thinnest laptop in the world, yet still offering an all-day battery life.
The Spectre was launched in April, but was initially available only in the US. The rival for Apple's MacBook Air can now be ordered from HP's site, with delivery in five to 10 working days at the time of writing.
Dubbed "hyper thin" by HP, the Spectre is aimed at those who want a premium device that is thin and lightweight, yet do not want to compromise on performance for productivity.
The laptop is just 10.4mm thick and weighs 1.1kg, but is available with full-blown Core i5 and Core i7 processor options.
"Whether you are old or young, using Windows or some other operating system, the desire for a super-thin device is super-high," said Mike Nash, vice president for customer experience and portfolio strategy at HP Inc, speaking at the launch of the device.
To maximise battery life in such a restricted space, HP has formed the Spectre's battery from four separate cells that fill up all the unused space inside the chassis, delivering a claimed nine hours and 45 minutes of life.
Some buyers may be disappointed that the Spectre's 13.3in screen is just HD resolution (1920x1080) and lacks touch input, but it is bonded directly to a Gorilla Glass 4 layer for protection in a move that makes the display brighter at up to 300 nits, according to HP.
The Spectre comes with 8GB of memory and SSD storage as standard. A 256GB model with the Core i5 costs £1,149 and a 512GB model with the Core i7 costs £1,299.
HP has also given careful attention to the design of the Spectre, using "high gloss copper accents that reflect a hand-polished finish and an innovative hidden piston hinge creating the illusion of a hinge-less design to offer an unmatched premium look and feel," said the firm.
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