HP Spectre 13 unveiled: tech specs, pricing, ship date

HP reveals the Spectre 13 and limited edition 18K gold and diamond laptops. Here are the tech specs, pricing, release date, and other details.

HP Spectre 13 2016 model

HP has just announced its new Spectre 13 laptop, the company claims is the thinnest laptop in the world. The new Windows 10 device from HP is gorgeous all around with its aluminum chassis, gray and high gloss copper accents, and carbon fiber base, and it’ll definitely draw enough attention when you use it on a coffee shop.

The company says that it wanted to build a device that had a jewelry-like feeling and it wanted to create a piece of machinery that looks handcrafted.

The HP Spectre is 10.4mm thick, while Dell’s XPS 13 is 15.22mm thick, Apple’s MacBook is 13.2mm, and the iconic MacBook Air is 17mm thick. The tradeoff here is that you will only be getting a 1920×1080 pixels display and you won’t be getting a touch-enabled panel.

However, unlike the MacBook featuring an underpowered Core-m processor and only one USB Type-C port, you will get a lot more with the HP Spectre 13 on a thinner design that only weighs 2.5 pounds.

HP Spectre 13 tech specs

The device comes in different models featuring Intel’s sixth-generation Core i5 or Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, up to 512GB storage, 802.11 AC antennas, USB Type-C and even Thunderbolt ports.

In addition, HP is also packing an innovative hybrid battery that splits into two pieces offering up to 9 1/2 hours of battery life on a thinner battery profile. It also integrates Intel’s hyperbaric cooling system that eliminates the need to use a heat sink to keep the processor cool.

HP Spectre cooling system

One particular uniqueness of the laptop is the hinges design. HP has re-engineered the hinge lift mechanism that is tucked away inside and uses pistons to lift or close the display.

HP Spectre 13 hinge design with pistons

Here are the specs breakdown:

ComponentDescription
Operating SystemWindows 10
Display13.3-inch (Edge-to-Edge Corning Gorilla Glass)
Resolution1920 x 1080 (166 ppi)
ProcessorCore i5-6200U
Core i7-6500U
Dimensions12.8-inch x 9.03-inch
Thickness10.4mm
Weight2.45 pounds
Storage 256GB PCIe-based SSD
512GB PCIe-based SSD
Memory8GB
Battery9 1/2 hours
Networking2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11 AC
Ports3 USB Type-C
2 Thunderbolt
ChassisCarbon fiber and aluminum

HP Spectre 13 limited edition

Then there are also the more luxury versions of the new laptop from HP. The computer manufacturer has also partnered with world-renowned designers Tord Boontje and Jess Hannah to create two limited edition devices which share the same tech specs as the Spectre 13, but feature 18K gold and diamonds.

The HP Spectre by Jess Hannah features “top and rear completely plated in 18K gold with a highly polished finish. HP’s logo is encrusted with diamonds, each carefully placed by a diamond setter. Even the keyboard deck is plated in 18K gold to match the top cover and the power button is covered with diamonds for sparkling brilliance. The all over gold accented with a hint of sparkling diamonds displays Hannah’s minimalistic design philosophy.”

HP Spectre by Tord Boontje

Then there is the HP Spectre by Dutch-born “that exhibits delicate, intricate and dreamlike patterns across the laptop. The ornate graphic pattern integrates cherry blossoms, graceful florals, a peacock and an exquisite butterfly. The 18K gold plated accents provide rich contrast with the patterns that gently intertwine with embedded Swarovski crystals set in a floral pattern against a deep Midnight Blue.”

HP Spectre by Jess Hannah

Unfortunately, if you have the cash, you may not be able to buy either of this gold-plated models. HP will only be auctioning the laptops off for charity and proceeds will be going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Alongside with the new devices, HP is also taking the opportunity to unveil its new logo. In the new HP Spectre laptops, you’ll now see four slashes, two large and two short, making up the iconic “HP” wordmark, which is very minimalist.

HP new logo for PCs

The HP Spectre 13 will be available for pre-order on April 25th on HP.com and BestBuy.com with a starting price point of $1,170, and it will start shipping on May 22nd.

Get more information by visiting the Spectre line homepage at HP.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.