The foldable PC market just got a lot more interesting. HP Inc. has unveiled the HP Spectre Foldable PC, a groundbreaking 3-in-1 device that effortlessly transitions between laptop, tablet, and desktop modes. With this ambitious offering, HP directly challenges existing foldable laptops like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Asus Zenbook Fold. But how does the HP Spectre Fold stack up against these seasoned players? Let’s dive in.

Unfolding the HP Spectre Fold

According to Jo Tan, Senior Vice President & Division President of Personal Systems Consumer Solutions at HP Inc., “Consumers are demanding greater flexibility to connect, work, and play for their hybrid lives beyond what the traditional laptop can provide.” This is the void that the HP Spectre Fold aims to fill.

The Spectre Fold boasts a 17-inch OLED display that can be folded down to a compact 12.3-inch laptop. The device comes equipped with a wireless charging keyboard and pen, and it’s the first foldable PC with built-in AI for security, wellness, and gesture controls. Powered by a 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor, the device promises up to 12 hours of battery life in laptop mode and up to 11 hours in desktop mode.

How Does it Compare?

To truly understand how the HP Spectre Fold stands in comparison to its competition, let’s look at a detailed specification table.

FeatureHP Spectre FoldLenovo ThinkPad X1 FoldAsus Zenbook Fold
Screen Size17-inch OLED (foldable to 12.3-inch)13.3-inch flexible OLED17.3-inch flexible OLED
ResolutionNot Specified2048 x 1536 pixels2560 x 1920 pixels
Processor12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7Intel Core i5-L16G7 or 12th-gen U9Intel Core i7-1250U or 12th-gen U9
Memory16GBUp to 32GB16GB
Storage1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSDUp to 1TB SSD
GraphicsIntel® Iris® XeIntel UHD or Intel Iris XeIntel Iris Xe
Operating SystemWindows 11Windows 10/11Windows 10/11
CameraHP True Vision 5MP IR camera5MP5MP with AI and IR functions
Battery LifeUp to 12 hours (laptop mode)Up to 11 hoursUp to 9.5 hours
Special FeaturesWireless charging keyboard and pen, Built-in AIOptional 5GDolby Vision, HDR, PANTONE validation
Starting Price$4,999.99Not SpecifiedNot Specified

A New Paradigm in Computing

The HP Spectre Fold clearly aims to be more than just a laptop. Its built-in AI for security, wellness, and gesture controls adds an extra layer of personalization that is currently unparalleled in the foldable PC market. Additionally, the device’s eco-friendly construction, including up to 90% post-industrial recycled metal and sustainably sourced packaging, shows HP’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

The Verdict Awaits

With its bold new offering, HP is not merely entering the foldable laptop market; it’s looking to redefine it. The Spectre Fold’s unique features, such as its built-in AI and wireless charging capabilities, make it a formidable contender against the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold and the Asus Zenbook Fold. Whether it can truly surpass these established players remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: the future of foldable PCs just got a lot more exciting.

As the tech world keenly watches this unfolding drama, the question remains: which foldable PC will become the go-to device for the next generation of hybrid lifestyles? Time will tell.

Find it at HP’s online store here with a 4th October shipping date.