HP says it has introduced the Specter Fold, the world’s thinnest and lightest foldable 17-inch PC. The device weighs 1360 grams and can be transformed into a 12.3-inch laptop, a 17-inch desktop computer or a giant tablet. With a starting price of $4,999.99, this is one of the most expensive laptops ever released by a major manufacturer.
The Specter Fold features HP’s signature Specter design and is very similar to the company’s other foldable devices. When unfolded, it is a 17-inch tablet. When placed on a desk with the stand folded down, the Specter Fold becomes a 17-inch all-in-one device. And when you fold the device in half and place a magnetic wireless keyboard on top of the bottom half of the screen, the Specter Fold transforms into a 12.3-inch laptop. The main idea is greater versatility and the ability to fit a large screen in a compact form factor.
According to HP, the Specter Fold is the case “The world’s first foldable computer with integrated AI for safety, well-being and gesture control with a personalized computing experience”. HP promises an on-screen reminder system “Contactless content management” and detecting the user’s presence to unlock the device.
Specter Fold is received 10 core Intel Core i7-1250U processor, 16GB RAM and 1TB integrated SSD. The display is based on an OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 3:4 and a resolution of 1920 × 2560 pixels. The GlamCam camera, familiar to HP product users, is integrated into the screen frame. The autonomy of the new device is stated to be 12 hours.
It would be great if HP could make Windows work well on a device with such an unusual form factor, deliver the promised battery life, and provide a really comfortable magnetic keyboard. Still, the Specter Fold will only be available to wealthy enthusiasts due to its high price. For comparison, let’s recall that a similar convertible ThinkPad X1 Fold costs $2,499, and a foldable Zenbook Fold from ASUS costs $3,499.