CES 2012: Glass Covered HP Envy 14 Spectre Ultrabook Makes Its Debut

Arrives in February in the US with a whopping $1,399.99 (1,100 EUR) price tag

Last week’s video teaser of the Envy 14 Spectre hasn’t revealed too many details about the HP notebook outside of the fact that this will be one thin machine, but fortunately the arrival of CES has brought forward some new info for us to dig out teeth into.

Build as being a “premium Ultrabook,” the Spectre certainly features a daring design that uses a special scratch-resistant glass to cover the lid, display, palmrest and trackpad.

HP claims that the glass makes the laptop more durable, but it seems like some aluminum is also thrown in there for some extra ruggedness.

Outside of the special glass, another cool feature brought by HP to the Spectre is the inclusion of a thin bezel 14-inch Radiance Display panel that the company says it enabled it to make the Ultrabook fit inside a similar case with that used by 13.3-inch notebooks.

The use of a higher diagonal screen allowed HP to choose a 1600x900 resolution for its Ultrabook, which is powered by an Intel Core i5-2467M processors paired together with 4GB of system memory.

A backlit keyboard, an NFC chip, and an estimated 9 hours battery life round up the specs list of the new Envy 14 Spectre, which can also be upgraded to include a 256GB SSD and an extra 4GB of RAM, according to engadget.

“Sleek, midnight black glass on the outside and stark contrast silver glass on the inside make Spectre extraordinary, defying conventional notebook design,” said Eric Keshin, senior vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Personal Systems Group, HP.

“We chose the Spectre name to evoke mystery, and we packed it with the best in entertainment technology to satisfy those who expect the unexpected,” concluded the company’s rep.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre notebook is expected to be available in the United States on February 8 with a starting price of $1,399.99 (1,100 EUR).

HP also plans to launch the Spectre in other countries in early March, this list including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.


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