HP Inc. launched a breakthrough device in the PC and 2-in-1 convertible laptop categories on October 1, 2018. HP Spectre Folio is a versatile and portable PC innovation that embeds in a body crafted out of a mixture of metal and leather.

“The HP Spectre Folio is the PC reinvented, achieving the perfect balance of luxury design and cutting-edge engineering. It combines sophisticated style with the incredible versatility to deliver an Always-Connected PC experience our customers are looking for,” said Alex Cho, President of Personal Systems at HP.

Interestingly, HP unveiled its leather convertible right ahead of Microsoft’s hardware event scheduled for today noon. The Redmond company’s event is reportedly all about Surface products, a category with which HP Spectre Folio directly competes.

HP Spectre Folio leather laptop

HP Spectre Folio is a versatile and portable PC innovation that embeds in a body crafted out of mixture of metal and leather. Source: HP

Making of HP Leather Laptop

The design team of HP aimed to develop a game-changing material (other than using plastic & metal) which reflects eternal aesthetic appeal and supports cutting-edge functionality on the tech devices. And it turned to leather which is generally used in manufacturing cases.

But the HP team did not use this leather only to makes up the outer case of the laptop, which one can remove anytime. But this 100 percent, tan chromed, full-grain leather is mixed with light-weight magnesium chassis to form a breakthrough innovative material from which Spectre Folio is made.

According to HP, “To create the Spectre Folio, HP embraced the art of “manucrafturing,” where meticulously designed hardware meets handcrafted materials.”

HP Spectre Folio

HP Spectre Folio convertible opens up in the three different positions. Source: HP

The all-new addition to the premium HP Spectre family, Folio is mounted with a 13-inch screen and comes with a CNC aluminum keyboard along with a stylus. The leather acts as a natural hinge for the convertible PC which is filled with forty strategically placed magnets.

HP Spectre Folio convertible opens up in these three different positions – straight as a traditional laptop, display glides ahead of a keyboard to act as a media player and flat-folded as a tablet.

“Now that we use screens all day, tech products are under more pressure to be soft and texturally enticing,” Sarah Housley, WGSN's Senior Lifestyle and Interiors Editor.

Inside HP Leather Laptop

Apart from the leather mold, HP worked with Intel to build one of the smallest motherboards for Spectre Folio. The system is configured with 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 (Y-series) processors.

Of course, Spectre Folio demands a fanless thermal design to support its leather-made wrapping, which, in turn, also compliments a comfortable experience on the laps.

HP, together with the prominent audio brand Bang & Olufsen, tuned four front-facing speakers on the new leather laptop to secure incredible sound system, irrespective of its position.

HP convertible Spectre Folio

The system is configured with 8th-Generation Intel Core i5 and i7 (Y-series) processors. Source: HP

The Spectre Folio incorporates up to 16 GB of memory and up to 2 TB of storage. It offers three options for display – first is a 300-nits Full HD display, secondly a “low-power display technology” providing 1W 400-nits Full HD and lastly, a 4K UHD display panel.

The PC maker claims the innovative device will last at least for 18 hours between the two charges.

On a super slim structure of the leather laptop, the owner will find one USB Type-C port and two Thunderbolt 3 slots. It will also support two eSIM.

HP Spectre Folio: Pricing & Availability

HP Spectre Folio is available for pre-order at the company’s official website and Best Buy’s site.

The variants with Intel Core i5 processor and Intel Core i7 processor with LTE support are available for starting prices of $1,300 and $1,500, respectively.

The one HP Folio laptop with Core i7 processor is slated to hit the market on October 29th, for an undisclosed price.

HP is offering the Spectre Folio in colors - Cognac Brown and Bordeaux Burgundy. Source: HP

At the initial stage, the company is offering the Spectre Folio in a single color - Cognac Brown. But it plans to release the Spectre Folio in Bordeaux Burgundy hue in late December. Same duration is chosen to avail 4K panel option on the latest leather laptop.

Speaking of the availability of Pouch and the Sleeve for the Spectre Folio, both of them will pop-up on the company’s website in November for $50 and $70, respectively.