HP announced its latest premium two-in-one device, the HP Specter x360 16, on Tuesday – and it looks like the days of the 15.6-inch laptop screen are numbered. The 16-inch two-in-one can be configured with an OLED display with a resolution of up to 3072 x 1920 pixels with a 16:10 aspect ratio. The display also covers a 100% sRGB color gamut and will ship calibrated, which should help it appeal to designers and creatives alike.
Much of the laptop market is moving towards larger 3: 2 or 16:10 aspect ratio screens and away from 16: 9 widescreen displays. Combined with thinner bezels framing the screen, it gives you more vertical space to work with with little impact on the overall footprint of the laptop. With a reduced chassis, that also means you can have a 16in laptop that’s roughly the same size as an older 15.6in widescreen laptop.
The increase in the number of people video chatting on their laptops during the pandemic has really brought to light the mediocrity of most built-in webcams. For the Specter x360 16, HP installed a 5 megapixel camera and some software to help you look your best and more. HP GlamCam retouch your skin, teeth and eyes while Lighting Correction adjusts your video for poor lighting conditions. There’s also Auto Frame, which apparently uses the extra resolution to track your face if you move out of center on the camera.
Plus, with a privacy shutter to block the webcam, you can also lock your computer automatically if you step away from the laptop. It will also darken the display when you stop looking directly at it. HP added a setting to make the display blurry if it sees someone surfing behind you while you are working.
Component options inside back up its working, playing, and authoring design, including an 11th generation Intel Core i7-11390H processor and up to a discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 GPU. It will also have the option toto help sustain your certain wireless.
The HP Specter x360 will be available in October starting at $ 1,639 direct from HP. Best Buy will also be stocking it later this fall. (This works out to around £ 1,200 or AU $ 2,260; UK and Australian prices are to be determined.)
Joining the Specter are two more affordable options designed for lugging around. The HP 11-inch Tablet PC is designed to take advantage of, which allows you to better organize apps and windows by grouping them. It has a built-in kickstand that works in either portrait or landscape position and works with an optional removable keyboard that also works with the screen in both positions.
The most interesting feature, however, is its 13-megapixel camera that folds up into the back of the tablet to be used as a front-facing camera for video chatting. Don’t expect this to be a high performance tablet, however. It should be available in December starting at $ 599 with an Intel Pentium Silver N6000 processor and 4GB of memory.
Then there’s the HP Laptop 14 (yes, that’s the name). This is a 14 inch 1080p laptop that runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c Gen 2 compute platform and can be configured with up to 8GB of memory and 128GB of eMMC flash storage. Looks like a cousin ofthat HP announced in August.
No pricing has been announced for the HP Laptop 14, but it should be available in October at Walmart.