HP Spectre x360 13 Revamped With Smaller Chassis And 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake CPUs

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Hewlett-Packard is refreshing its popular Spectre x360 13 with a number of critical upgrades that make it an even more compelling mobile warrior for professionals. Perhaps the biggest change comes with respect to the device's chassis, which has nipped and tucked to the max.

HP has managed to shrink the Spectre x360 13 by 13 percent compared to its 2018 counterpart, mainly due to changes that have been made around the display. Last year's model had a screen-to-body ratio of 78 percent compared to 90 recent for this new 2019 edition, which explains the reduction in exterior dimensions for the convertible. With its new, tidier dimensions, the Spectre x360 13 now weighs in at an impressive 2.8 pounds.

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Speaking of the display, it is available with an optional 4K OLED panel that is rated at 400 nits and engages True Black HDR to achieve a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. That display with its 360-degree hinge is attached to an aluminum CNC chassis with a gem cut, dual chamfer design. Colors available include Natural Silver, Night Black (with Copper Luxe accents), and Poseidon Blue (with Pale Brass accents).

Moving on to the all-important aspect of performance, HP has outfitted the Spectre x360 13 with Intel 10th generation Ice Lake processors: the Core i5-1035G1 or the Core i7-1065G7. Customers can equip the machines with up to 16GB of memory and up to a 1TB NVMe SSD paired with 32GB Optane Memory. The convertible is also Project Athena-certified, meaning that you can expect to achieve at least 22 hours per charge with this device. That figure is with the standard Full HD panel; opting for the gorgeous OLED panel will of course cut in to those runtimes.

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This year's model (top) versus last year's model (bottom).

Other items of note include Wi-Fi 6 support (802.11ax), optional 4x4 Gigabit LTE, a webcam "kill switch" for added privacy, a dedicate button to mute the microphone (with an included LED light switch to denote status), an optional built-in privacy screen, a Windows Hello camera and a fingerprint reader.

Hewlett-Packard says that the Spectre x360 13 will be available next month with a starting price of $1,099.