HP Spectre Folio hands-on: A folio like no other

HP’s latest convertible style PC was announced at an event in New York City, showing consumers that style and fashion can be blended seamlessly into one product – without sacrificing on the productivity side. The HP Spectre Folio, dubbed as the world’s first leather convertible PC, is unique for the fact that its frame is crafted from genuine leather, as in the material is actually bonded with its aluminum and magnesium frame.

At first glance when it’s completely closed, it reminds us of a typical folio, the same kind that you’ll find business professionals carrying around. Upon opening it, however, its convertible laptop design becomes more apparent. Unlike other detachable convertibles, the HP Spectre Folio employs a rather intriguing hinge design that integrates the screen and keyboard together. Articulating the screen can make it go from a traditional laptop, to a tablet, and even another position for multimedia viewing.

Some of its highlights include the following:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-8500Y (1.5 GHz base frequency, up to 4.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 4 MB cache, 2 cores)
  • Intel® UHD Graphics 615
  • 13.3" diagonal FHD IPS micro-edge WLED-backlit touch screen with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4™ (1920 x 1080)
  • 8 GB LPDDR3-1866 SDRAM (onboard)
  • 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
  • Intel® 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 4.2 Combo; Intel® XMM™ 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro
  • 6-cell, 54.28 Wh Li-ion
  • 2 Thunderbolt™ 3
  • 1 USB 3.1 Type-C™ Gen 1
  • 1 USB 3.1 Gen (HP Sleep and Charge)
  • 1 headphone/microphone combo
  • HP Wide Vision FHD IR Camera with integrated dual array digital microphone
  • Bang & Olufsen, quad speakers
  • Full-size island-style backlit keyboard

From a design standpoint, the HP Spectre Folio is no doubt impressive, especially how everything is fitted into an incredible svelte body. Sure, the genuine leather differentiates it from the majority of convertibles out there, but we’re eager to know how it’ll handle in the long run. And due to its extreme thinness, HP had help from Intel to create its custom-made motherboard – one that takes up little space as possible, while packing in a large battery. Speaking of that, HP claims that it’ll provide upwards of around 18 hours of battery life. And for those that need constant connectivity, it’ll also will pack in an LTE radio.

Pre-orders are now available starting at $1300 for the base model with an Intel Core i5 processor, while the one leveraging the Intel Core i7 with LTE will start at $1500.



1. Charlie2k

Posts: 161; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

Article is wrong about the screen. It's 4K! SICK computer..

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

From anandtech: "There are a couple of display options, with the base model coming with a 1920x1080 13.3-inch panel HP is rating for 300 nits, or a 1-Watt model that’s rated for 400 nits. Later this year, there will be a UHD panel as well. All of the displays of course offer touch, and pen support."

2. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Too expensive. But looks great! And if works good, it's a dream device.

3. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

2-cores and LPDDR3 for $1300+?? Pass.

6. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

2-cores and 4 threads, still a weak processor with that 5W TDP, but battery life will be great. LPDDR4 isn't a thing (yet) in Intel's world, you won't find any intel powered notebook/convertible/tablet with LPDDR4 till later this year or early next year (or more if they delay Cannon Lake again)

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

But you're more than happy to spend that and more for a MacBook with weaker specs. Got it, make sense.

4. dmdzordilla

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

John Velasco eating his words again

8. Ghost04

Posts: 522; Member since: May 03, 2014

Nice concept, but its feels thicker then super slim 2 in 1 laptops with that quirky case . Plus it runs on less powerful processors. And its also pricey.

9. Sparkxster

Posts: 1247; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Beautiful stunning design! HP please make a chromeOS version of the Spectre folio.

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