Apple has led the high-end laptop market for years now, often delivering the ideal combination of style, performance, and usability. However, HP took a shot at Apple last month, saying it was the new innovator - and may have just delivered on that claim.
The new HP Spectre is a daringly slim Windows 10 device, with a thickness of just 10.4mm - which HP claims makes it the thinnest laptop on the market to date. As you'll see in the photos and video, the Spectre has an absurdly skinny aluminum and carbon fiber base and 13.3in screen panel, and weighs just 1.1kg.
It also has a super-cool new piston-style hinge design, which HP says is inspired by details on high-end furniture. Whatever the case, it's one of the most distinctive hinges we've seen on a notebook, even rivaling the watchband hinges on Lenovo's Yoga convertible laptops. The copper accents are a nice design touch as well.
The Spectre can be pretty capable, too, letting you choose between Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, with up to 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage. While the MacBook infamously has just one USB Type-C port, the Spectre offers three of them, two of which also support Thunderbolt.
HP's Spectre also has Bang & Olufsen-provided stereo speakers and promises upwards of 9.5 hours of battery life between split cells, but there is one notable downside to the specs: the IPS display is only available at 1080p resolution, which is pretty underwhelming for such a premium laptop. Compare that to the 2,304x1,440 resolution of the 12in MacBook.
HP says the 13.3in version of the Spectre will be available in India from 25 July, with the base model priced at ₹1,19,990. It's a bit pricier than Apple's base model MacBooks in India, but that touchscreen and those looks really seem like they're worth the money.