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Windows 10’s first real MacBook rival is here as HP upgrades Spectre x360 with Kaby Lake

HP has overhauled its high-end laptop lineup as well as introducing a handful of new products just in time for the holiday season.

First up for a refresh is the HP Spectre x360, which was conceived as a convertible rival to the MacBook Air.

That device is now thinner and lighter than ever, dropping 2mm in girth to measure just 13.8mm in girth, as well as slimming down to just under 1.3kg in weight.

There’s improvements under the hood, too, with the 2016 Spectre x360 packing Intel Core i processors based on the chip maker’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake architecture.

Configurations start at Core i5 backed up by 16GB of RAM, and you can fit it with up to 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.

There’s a handful of other new-gen features, like a pair of USB-C ports and an integrated Full HD webcam to complement the 1080p touchscreen display, plus a claimed improvement in battery life.

The new Spectre x360 is starting to land is select regions immediately (October 12) with pricing set at $1,049. We’ll let you know when a UK-specific tag is confirmed, but expect an RRP in the region of £899. 

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The Envy 13 has also been rebooted. Like the Spectre x360, it’ll now feature Kaby Lake-based Intel Core i5 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM and as much as 1TB of PCIe SSD storage.

While actually chunkier than before at 14mm in depth and 1.4kg on the scales, it’ll pack a significantly upgraded battery that HP claims will now last for up to 14 hours (compared to 10 hours on the previous model).

There’s also the option to upgrade the standard Full HD touchscreen to either QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800 pixels) or UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels).

The refreshed Envy 13 will be available from October 26, starting at $849 with UK-specific pricing to be confirmed – we’d expect to see an RRP of around £749.

Lastly, HP also unveiled a new 27-inch Envy AIO PC, which packs Nvidia GTX 950M graphics, older 6th-gen Intel chips, and a QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display, and a 27-inch Envy 4K monitor. These products will arrive later in October and in December, respectively.

Of course, how these products perform in the flesh remains to be seen – we’re looking forward to putting them through their paces as soon as possible.

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