HP Spectre x360: Flagship hybrid notebook packs 12-hour battery life

HP's 'most premium' device can swap between PC, 'tent', and tablet modes.

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HP has unveiled the Spectre x360, a 13.3-inch notebook which it describes as its "most premium" convertible PC.

The x360 comes with an aluminium chassis, is 15.9mm tall and weighs 3.3 pounds, and can swap between classic PC, 'tent', and tablet modes. PC makers are increasingly adding hybrids to their hardware lineups as they try to work out the best form factors for a PC world that has been shaken up by the arrival of tablets.

To ensure the display glides smoothly and stays where a user wants it, the notebook features new hinges that contain a set of three spiral gears for precise movement, HP said. This allows it to maintain the same profile in tablet mode that it has when closed.

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The device packs a 56-watt hour battery, and the touch panel on the HP Spectre x360 is 'optically bonded' to the display which HP said increases brightness.

On models with the Quad HD display, the hybrid also uses "panel self refresh" technology which holds images on the screen to allow portions of the PC to power down when nothing onscreen is moving. As a result, the notebook can deliver up to 12.5 hours of battery life, according to HP.

It has both a full-size HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 compatible ports to allow customers to access content across multiple screens, plus built-in Intel Wireless Display technology to stream content on their living room TV.

To accommodate multiple devices and accessories, the HP Spectre x360 has three USB 3.0 ports and with HP USB Sleep and Charge, meaning customers can use the HP Spectre x360 to charge their devices on the go even when it's in sleep mode.

The convertible is available in a number of configurations:

  • With Intel Core i5 Processor, HD touchscreen display, 4GB LPDDR3 system memory, and a 128GB SSD for $899.99.
  • With Intel Core i7, HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD for $1149.99.
  • With Intel Core i7, Quad HD touchscreen, 8GB RAM, and 512GB SSD for $1399.99.

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