While individuals and companies regularly pay over $1,000 for a PC from Apple, getting them to part with the same amount of money for a PC running Windows has been a major challenge. With the launch of what HP Inc. claims to be the world’s thinnest laptop, that could change.
Based on Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, the latest 13.3-in HP Spectre notebook is about as thick as an AAA battery (10.4 millimeters) and weighs 2.45 pounds. HP Inc. created a hybrid battery split into two thinner pieces that delivers the same wattage as a single battery, or up to nine and a half hours of battery life.
HP Inc. is also refreshing the HP Envy line of notebook PCs, which can now be configured with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors or an AMD FX 9800P Quad-Core Processor with Radeon R7 Graphics.
Mike Nash, vice president of consumer PCs for HP Inc., says the HP Spectre is also configured with Gorilla glass from Corning to deliver a richer viewing experience. Priced starting at $1,169.99, the system itself comes with 8GB of memory and a PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) that provides 512GB of local storage.
With people now routinely carrying their PCs with them almost everywhere they go, notebook devices are not only a critical element of their daily lives, they’ve increasingly become a fashion statement in their own right.
The degree to which HP Inc. will be able to drive the development of a Windows PC priced above $1,000 remains to be seen. Apple has clearly proven there is a category. The challenge now is convincing individuals and organizations that a Windows experience is worth every bit as much.