HP’s Spectre 13 is the Thin Laptop Aiming to be ‘Better than the MacBook’

HP Spectre 13

HP didn’t waste any time in showing off the laptop it thinks is “better than a MacBook,” and there’s no denying it’s, at the very least, ridiculously thin.

HP recently officially unveiled the Spectre 13, and the company is quick to point out that it’s the thinnest laptop in the world. The numbers don’t lie, either. The Spectre 13 measures in at only 10.4mm thick, which means it comes in a bit thinner than what Apple put together with its 12-inch MacBook (13.2mm thick), and even Dell’s XPS 13 (15.2mm thick).

In the case of the new HP Spectre versus Apple’s MacBook, HP is promoting the specifications that can be found within their thin device. While Apple has included an Intel Core M processor in its thin laptop, HP managed to snug either an Intel Core i5 or Core i7 in their unit, depending on configuration choices. The base model offers a 13.3-inch 1080p display, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of built-in storage.

Interestingly enough, it sounds like there’s a lot of “let’s see if we can pull it off,” in the design of the Spectre 13. It isn’t a secret that in devices like the MacBook, where thinness is a major appeal, Intel’s Core M is the processor of choice — mainly because it doesn’t get as hot, even if it isn’t as fast as the Core “i” series of chips. But, HP’s Vice President of Consumer PCs, Mike Nash, says that while the company is aware of that’s what companies in the past have done, HP wanted to do something different. Something that their customers expect.

“We know that. We’ve seen Apple do that. But our customers want Core i, and I’m here to tell you today we pulled it off.”

There is a heat pipe and a pair of fans in the Spectre 13 to deal with the heat issue. As far as the battery goes, HP says it will last 9 and a half hours on a single charge.

As far as pricing goes, it will start at $1,169.99 with pre-orders kicking off on April 25, and shipments begin sometime in May. On May 22, the HP Spectre 13 will be available at Best Buy for $1,249.99.

What do you think of the Spectre 13? Is HP out-designing Apple?

[via The Verge]