HP has updated its Spectre 13 and Spectre x360 notebooks with the latest 8th Generation Kaby Lake R processors under the hood. However, there are a few other changes as well, making the latest iterations more desirable than previous models. Both models can now be configured with up to an Intel Core i7-8550U, which is a quad-core processor with eight threads. In terms of productivity, Intel claims the new Kaby Lake R processors are up to 40% faster compared to the 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors.
The more conventional Spectre 13 notebook now comes with the option of a 4K resolution touchscreen display in the same thin and light form factor. If you opt for the base version, you will get the same 1920 x 1080 Full HD display as the previous version. Apart from a new display, HP has also come up with a new Ceramic White finish, which, quite frankly, does look stunning.
The premium Spectre x360 convertible now gets a fingerprint sensor on the side, which you can use to login securely with Windows Hello. If you don’t wish to use the fingerprint reader, you can also use the facial recognition feature that its previous version also offered. The highlight is a new pen that can be charged via the USB Type-C port. HP claims a mere 15 second charge is enough to allow users to draw for up to 3 hours. An SD card reader has been added as well. For users who care about privacy, HP is offering a second generation Sure View privacy option for the 1080p panel. When you turn on the feature, viewing angles of the 1080p IPS panel are minimized significantly, making it nearly impossible for others to take a peek at your screen.
The HP Spectre 13 with Kaby Lake R starts at $1,300 (Rs.84,600) in the US, while the Spectre x360 will start at $1,150 (Rs.74,800 approx.). Both models are now available for pre-order in the US and are expected to begin shipping by the end of this month.