HP has made a new name for itself in recent years with the Spectre family of premium devices. Today, the company announced a new convertible in the line—the Spectre Folio—that doesn’t fit the traditional two-in-one mold. Combining the versatility of a detachable in the form of a convertible, the Spectre Folio uses both metal and leather to achieve a new type of design that may appeal to those who want something different than a standard PC.
The Spectre Folio may look like a convertible that’s covered in leather, but it’s not that simple. The leather is actually built into the PC—you can’t remove it, and HP doesn’t want you to. The leather soft chassis adheres to the magnesium and aluminum hard chassis in a construction that you won’t be able to see with your own eyes—it’s all under the surface.
While it’s classified as a convertible, it can flex into positions that were previously limited to tablets with keyboard covers. It can act as a laptop but instantly slide down into tablet mode as well. Instead of the traditional tent mode that other convertibles can achieve, the screen portion of the Spectre Folio can sit in a slot in front of the keyboard, turning it into a device ideal for photo and video viewing.
The Spectre Folio will have either an FHD or 4K touchscreen, both of which support inking, and the device will come with a stylus as well. It runs on 8th Gen Intel Core i5 and i7 Y-series processors and can support up to 8GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. HP claims the device will last at least 18 hours on a single charge. While super thin, the Spectre Folio contains two Thunderbolt 3 ports and one USB Type-C port, all of which support charging.
The HP Spectre Folio in cognac brown with a Core i5 processor is available for preorder today starting at $1,299. A model with built-in LTE and a Core i7 processor will start a $1,499. A model with Bordeaux burgundy leather is expected to be available in December.
Check back with Ars this afternoon for our initial impressions after some hands-on time with the HP Spectre Folio.