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HP lifts the lid on glass-topped Ultrabook design

2012-01-12 11:06:35 GMT2012-01-12 19:06:35(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

The HP Envy 14 Spectre features a glass lid.

HP is presenting an innovative laptop at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that uses Corning’s lightweight, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass in the place of a laptop lid.

"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."

The multi-surface glass notebook, called the HP Envy 14 Spectre, is a step towards the future, where today’s comparatively bulky computers will be squeezed into smart, touch-sensitive glass displays that can change their function and morph into the tools the user requires.

Chip maker Intel briefly previewed a futuristic-looking laptop with a transparent glass trackpad-cum-window into the display during its CES press event, that also hits at the all-glass-device trend. The prototype laptop, dubbed Nikiski, features a glass touchpad underneath the keyboard that morphs into a touch-enabled display when the laptop is closed.

While smart glass-embedded devices might be at least another five years away, the HP Envy 14 Spectre fits itself firmly into the current thin, streamlined Ultrabook trend. It has a profile of 20 mm (Acer’s newly announced Aspire S5 currently wins the prize for the thinnest Ultrabook at 15 mm) and features a high-resolution, rich-color Radiance Display.

It also packs in some extra "boom" thanks to high-performance audio technology Beats Audio and wireless audio streaming to up to four external devices.

The HP Envy 14 Spectre includes 256GB of storage, features rapid start-up and boot times and a built-in webcam, and lasts up to nine hours on one charge. It also ships with the full versions of Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 plus two years of Norton Internet Security.

The HP ENVY 14 Spectre notebook PC will start shipping in the United States on February 8 with a starting price of $1,399.99. It will launch in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom in early March.

(Agencies)

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