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HP takes on the MacBook Air with its ultra-thin Spectre

HP has launched its all-new Spectre notebook which features an aluminium chassis that’s only 10.4mm thick – that’s as much as a AAA battery and only a few hairs more than your smartphone.

The 13.3-inch Windows 10 device comes with your choice of Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, along with a full HD display and Bang & Olufsen speakers.

It features a hybrid battery that split into thin pieces and capable of powering the Spectre for nine and a half hours, Gorilla Glass to protect the display as well as three USB-C ports – two of which support Thunderbolt for connecting to high-end monitors.

You’ll either love or absolutely hate the glossy copper accents and the piston-powered hinges, but the Spectre’s ultra-slim profile makes it hard to ignore. It’s also fairly light at just 2.45 lbs.

HP believes the Spectre will help it shake up the ultra-thin notebook segment. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal ahead of unveiling the notebook, HP’s PC chief Ron Coughlin said, “For years, Apple has been seen as the innovator and the driver of innovation,” but now “HP is really taking over that mantle.”

Prices start at $1,170, depending on your preferred configuration. You can get up to 8GB RAM as well as up to 512GB of SSD storage. It’ll be available to pre-order online at and on April 25. Best Buy will have it in stores on May 22 with a starting price at $1,250.

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Published April 5, 2016 — 11:31 UTC

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