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HP Spectre Folio 13: Premium Leather

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The high-end laptop market is riddled with premium metal build PCs that feel pretty much the same. That is why HP has decided to switch things up with a new material: Leather. The HP Spectre Folio 13 is the first laptop to have leather built into the chassis of the device. Bringing new elegance to the laptop space.

Resembling a leather business portfolio, The HP Spectre Folio 13 is a 13-inch convertible device running the latest Y-series 8th generation processor. With its fanless design, HP is positioning the Spectre Folio as a flagship “Always Connected” PC with LTE support for AT&T, Sprint, and T-mobile.

The device is also the first to run Intel’s low power display technology which explains why its expected to have 15 hours of battery on the 4G LTE model and a whopping 18 hours on the non-LTE model.

Since the device will be the first to run the Y-series, we won’t know how well it performs compared to the U-series or the 7th generation Y-series in 13-inch use. But if it is anywhere close to the jump from 7th to 8th for the U-series, expect a significant improvement.

Other specifications include:

  • Intel i5 8200-Y or i7 8500-Y
  • Intel UHD 615 Graphics
  • Up to 2TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (Starting at 256GB)
  • 8 GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM
  • Backlit Chiclet-Style Keyboard
  • Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2×2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
  • Intel XMM™ 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro
  • 13.3″ diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
  • 2 Thunderbolt USB-C Ports
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1
  • 1 USB 3.1 Gen
  • Total weight of 3.28 lbs

Pricing for the HP Spectre Folio 13 is also pretty competitive. Starting at $1299 for the i5 model and $1499 for the i7/LTE model, you are getting a great balance of performance and aesthetics. The pen is included in the price, though it’s unclear if the pen is the one that supports tilt.

I am glad to see manufacturers experimenting with other materials and releasing devices that not only perform well but also have a unique design and tactile feel. HP has really come a long way in terms of their laptop design in the past couple of years. Dell, you should really step up your design department.

You can pre-order the device right now if you are in the US at Best Buy for the i7/LTE model. “Bordeaux Burgundy” colored and 4K screen models are expected to come later this year.

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