The general idea about what makes a laptop look and feel luxurious usually revolves around a sleek metal case and some small accents here and there but HP decided to switch up the game a bit and offer us a laptop completely clad in genuine leather.
Don’t be fooled, the laptop is not just placed in a leather case or leather sleeve – HP created a magnesium frame skeleton specifically for this model, which attaches to the exterior leather. It has a spine and a fair amount of stitching, which makes it resemble a book when closed.
The device can collapse down and it can be used either in the traditional laptop mode or the display can be pulled forward for media mode, with the keyboard covered by the display.
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As far as the laptop itself, it claims 18 hours worth of battery life, which would be impressive, to say the least, if it proves to be true. Other specs include an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM with 256 SSD storage. In order to maximize battery life, HP opted for a 13.3 inch FHD display with Intel’s latest 1W panel. Apparently, a 4K display option will also become available later in the year.
The laptop’s design also incorporates a leather slot for the HP Digital Pen, which will also come in a bundle with the laptop, alongside four Bang & Olufsen speakers.
It’s a bit heavier than what you’d expect just by looking at it: 3.24 pounds, but that’s not really a deterrent in any way – after all, the specs more than make up for it.
The laptop is currently selling for a starting price of $1,299 and $1,499 for the Core i5 and i7/LTE models, while the Core i7 should arrive in stores in late October, but for a yet unknown price.