Just because we chose to put HP’s new Android-based Slate lineup and the Windows 8.1-powered Omni 10 tab in the limelight first a few hours ago, that doesn’t mean the number one PC maker in the world doesn’t have an extra few aces up its sleeve for the holiday season.
Quite on the contrary, as HP has also unveiled the Spectre 13 x2, Spectre 13, Pavilion 13 x2 and Envy 17 Leap Motion, which prove that the company is not only focused on mobility and affordability going forward, but also on power. And in a (small) way on innovation.
Out of the pack, the two machines that can be “accused” of innovating the most are the Spectre 13 x2 and Envy 17 Leap Motion, two pioneering devices that, according to HP, are bound to be the world’s first fanless Haswell computing machine and first to come with the advanced motion sensing technology dubbed Leap Motion respectively.
Anything else special about them? Well, yeah, as the former carries on the legacy of so many hybrid devices before it, being able to work as a jumbo-sized tablet, as well as a fairly sleek ultrabook.
The form factor is pretty much conventional at this point for hybrids and, while detaching the tablet part sporting a neat Full HD screen is as easy as pie, the entire ensemble still feels very sturdy and looks awesome.
Besides being wickedly quiet courtesy of ditching the traditional cooling system, the Spectre 13 x2 also packs quite a lot of oomph, with your choice of Core i3 or i5 Haswell CPUs, up to 8 gigs of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Set to see daylight on October 16, the slate/ultrabook will cost $1,099 and up.
Meanwhile, the Envy 17 Leap Motion is, believe it or not, simply an Envy 17… with Leap Motion, meaning it packs the exact same specs as its 17-inch forefather allowing users to additionally control some of its functions via hand gestures.
As for the Spectre 13 and Pavilion 13 x2, these are much less exciting, bringing nothing really new to the table. But hey, both will go on sale on October 16, just like the other two new HP laptops, the former comes with a display rocking up to 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution and the latter starts at a measly $599.99 while being just as flexible and chameleonic as the Spectre 13 x2. Not bad, right?