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HP Spectre X360 Show Slim Is All the Rage

Written by Andrew Maxwell

A new refresh to HP’s much-lauded Spectre x360 shows that thin devices will still be the fashion for some time to come. The latest update of the Ultrabook shows off an even slimmer chassis, plus some significant tweaks to make it even more powerful than before. Not only that, but the Spectre x360 offers users Windows Hello support and Thunderbolt 3.

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This latest upgrade sees the device lose 2mm at its slimmest point and 13.8mm slimmer at the thickest, when compared with the second upgrade. Not satisfied with merely showing off its new figure, HP tells us that this Spectre x360 has lost 0.2kg since last time out, now weighing in at just 1.2kg.

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All that weight loss doesn’t reflect compromise in any way, however. In fact, HP has just taken part in a fat-trimming exercise along with some muscle-building: this upgrade features a bigger and better battery (57.8Wh), which is expected to improve performance by up to 25%.

Another improvement is the Kaby Lake Intel processor that HP has fitted in place of the older Skylake Core i7-6500U CPU – the new processor is an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU. Furthermore, a pair of USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 3. HP, having done away with the ‘round barrel’ port, has included two such ports as this is where charging needs to be done.

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As if all that weren’t enough, the Spectre x360 features an infra-red camera as an additional biometric security layer, as well NVMe in place of a SATA-based SSD. This gives the device an overall boost to performance, with clear results when used together with the Kaby Lake processor.

It is, as yet, not known when this latest HP upgrade will become fully available internationally, but it is expected that there will be significant demand. Given that the latest modifications represent a range of improvements across the device – from its physical characteristics, battery power, port types, security features and even its core processor – it makes sense for HP to roll out the Spectre x360 to as wide a market as possible.

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As things stand, HP has made the device available in a limited number of countries including, of course, the USA, where it is priced at $1,050. It is hoped that the Ultrabook’s new improved featured will make it a popular purchase, thus speeding up its eventual release elsewhere in the world.

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