HP announces heavyweight Spectre Ultrabook

While Intel has been trying to cajole all of its Ultrabook partners into churning out devices at the lowest price points possible, it seems that HP might not have got the memo.

Of the many Ultrabooks debuted at CES, the HP ENVY 14 Spectre is one of the more decadent that you will find.  While it has technically earned the label ‘Ultrabook’, kitting the laptop out head-to-toe in glass and whacking on a starting price tag of $1,399 (£1,199 in the UK) is probably not what Intel had in mind when it put together its Ultrabook fund for cheap as chips development.

And with a 14 inch screen and tipping the scales at 1.8Kg the Spectre may not be exactly the bulkiest high end laptop around in the market, but compared to most Ultrabooks it is on the weighty side.

The screen, itself covered in scratch resistant glass, will offer some of the highest resolutions around, HP claims, with better brightness and viewing angles than most notebooks.  The rest of the body will also be covered in the same material, with Intel’s i5 or i7 chips on the inside.

The 20mm-thick Spectre will come with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, and HP reckons it will get a decent nine hours of battery life.

HP has called up its friend Dr Dre to include his Beats sound technology, while the laptop is also expected to feature NFC.

The HP Spectre, which has connectivity for USB 3.0 HDMI and Mini Display Port, should reach shops by March this year.