The HP Specter Fold comes with a 17-inch OLED display that folds into a 12.3-inch screen. It also has 12th-gen Intel processors.
- The HP Specter Fold is a 17-inch foldable tablet with an OLED screen and a built-in kickstand, offering a variety of ways to use it.
- It is one of the thinnest and lightest devices in its category, which makes it easy to carry. It also has a large battery for long-lasting use.
- Sustainability is a key factor, using recycled materials in its construction, eco-friendly packaging, and a commitment to sustainability at all times.
HP is entering the foldable PC market with the Specter Fold, a 17-inch foldable tablet that can be used in a variety of ways thanks to its foldable design. This launch follows recent entries such as the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold, but is still one of the first devices in the category.
It has an OLED screen and a standard connector
Like other folding PCs before it, the HP Specter Fold comes with an OLED panel, in this case being a 17-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 2560×1920 resolution. The display can be folded to create two 12.3-inch screens, and can be used in several different ways thanks to the built-in kickstand and the included Bluetooth keyboard.
The keyboard can be used wirelessly so you can use the entire 17-inch screen, but you can also fold the laptop and slide the keyboard down to use it like a traditional laptop, which has a 12.3-inch screen. . You can also slide the keyboard to the bottom of the screen, free up space for more apps at the bottom of the screen and place the touchpad in the corner, or you can use the keyboard separately even on a slightly folded laptop. Of course, you can also use the PC as a large 17-inch tablet if you want.
Most of these are features we’ve seen on devices like the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, but the ability to attach your keyboard to the bottom screen is new, and it’s exciting.
It’s thin, but it has a big battery
The HP Specter Fold is one of the thinnest devices of its kind, with a thickness of 8.5mm when unfolded, edging out both Asus and Lenovo. It’s lighter than Asus’ foldable PC, at 1.35kg (versus 1.5kg), so it’s more manageable considering its size.
Even so, HP still packs some impressive punch here. In particular, the HP Specter Fold 17 has a large 93Whr battery, which is something you only see in gaming laptops. In comparison, the Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED has a 75Whr battery, so you should have better battery life here. HP also includes its signature 5MP webcam with support for Windows Hello and password lock, as well as support for HP Presence 2.0 to enhance your video calls. There’s also a quad-speaker system, and the tablet has a stylus that charges when magnetically attached to the side of the computer.
The biggest downside of this laptop is that it comes with a 12th-generation Intel Core i7-1250U. This is a last-generation processor with low power, which means it won’t perform as well as other high-end laptops. Otherwise, the laptop comes with 16GB of RAM up to 1TB SSD. You also miss out on some ports, but you do get two Thunderbolt 4 connectors that will give you more options if you need them.
Consistency is very important
As usual with HP, durability is a key feature of the Specter Fold. HP is using 90% recycled magnesium for the enclosure and keyboard frame, 50% recycled plastic for the bezel, keycaps, and speaker enclosure, and 33% recycled materials for the keyboard parts. The packaging is also plastic-free and consists of 100% sustainably sourced and recycled wood and cushions.
If you want to pick up one of these devices, you’re going to need some pretty deep pockets, considering they start at a hefty $4,999.99, and pre-order them today at Best Buy. Full availability will come in October at Best Buy and HP’s own website.