HP has unveiled its new Spectre laptop – the world’s thinnest 13.3” notebook. Despite its miniature size, the Spectre uses Intel’s Core i5/i7 microprocessor, a PCIe-based SSD, a full-size keyboard as well as an advanced audio system developed by Bang & Olufsen. The HP Spectre is just 10.4 mm thick and weighs 1.10 kilograms (2.45 lbs). To build it, HP had to use CNC-machined anodized aluminum and combine it with carbon fiber, a custom display panel with Gorilla Glass 4 as well as special recessed piston hinges.
To maximize battery life (which is officially listed at 9 hours 30 minutes), HP had to use two types of batteries of different shapes inside its Spectre laptop, giving four cells in total.
As part of a premium line, it comes in black and gold finish as well as with a different varient of HP’s logo, emphasizing the position of the system.
HP announced exclusive versions of Spectre – an 18-karat gold model created by Dutch designer Tord Boontje and a gold-plated and diamond model from jewelry designer Jess Hannah.
The Tord Boontje model comes with 18-karat gold-plated accents with a cherry blossom design. It is midnight blue and embedded with Swarovski crystals set in a floral pattern.
Meanwhile, the model from Los Angeles jewelry designer Jess Hannah is completely plated in 18-karat gold with a polished finish. The new HP Premium logo is encrusted with diamonds, each placed by a diamond setter. The keyboard deck also has 18-karat gold plating, and the power button is covered with diamonds. This exclusive version will be auctioned at the Cannes Film Festival in May with proceeds from the sale going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.