Fall is the big tablet launch season, where there’s always interesting tablets to look forward to. And with the unveiling of HP’s newest tablet today, we got another really interesting tablet announcement: https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-spectre-foldable-17
And the tablet is the large folding tablet Hewlett Packard that was leaked last year, the 17-inch foldable tablet HP Spectre Foldable 17 (CS0097NR), which will launch with Windows 11 Home in October, for $4999.
It has an OLED screen that measures 17 inches diagonally, with a 2560 x 1920 resolution, 500 nits brightness, and 99.5% DCI-P3, and it’s IMAX Enhanced.
When the screen is bent into the shape of a laptop with the screen open, the half of the screen then measures 12.3 inches, while the keyboard can be laid on top of the other half of the screen.
Most of the cost of this tablet comes from the folding display technology, which isn’t cheap at this size. But the HP Spectre Foldable 17 has several other pieces of hardware that makes this a premium PC too.
Power comes from the 10-core 4.7 GHz Intel Core i7-12500U, with Iris Xe Graphics, 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM (at a speedy 6400 MHz), and fast 1TB PCIe Gen4 NVMe TLC M.2 SSD storage, so that’s fast hardware.
Internet is as fast as you can get too, with dual-band Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, as well as Intel Unison for better connections to iPhones and Android phones, and 2x USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
And the battery is even a large 6-cell 94.3 Wh battery which is charged by a 100W power adapter, so no complaints there, since the battery life is an estimated 13 1/2 hours in video playback when used as a detached tablet.
Impressively enough, the battery can still charge about 50% in 45 minutes.
I’m glad to see that HP even gave it 4 speakers, since that will make a real difference when the screen is this large, and the effect will be noticeable. HP has continued its work with Bang & Olufsen, and the audio also has DTS:X Ultra and HP Audio Boost.
We also get a face recognition IR camera and a clear 5MP front camera for video conferences with auto centering and background blur, and dual array mics with noise reduction. And both the camera and the mics comes with privacy switches.
Tablet sensors includes accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and IR thermal sensor.
The keyboard is a Bluetooth keyboard naturally, and is considered a full-size keyboard with the same spacing between the keys like on a normal laptop.
And the digitizer pen is a HP Rechargeable MPP2.0 stylus with tilt support for natural handwriting and drawing.
The 17-inch tablet weighs 1356 grams / 2.99 lb, while the keyboard weighs 267 grams / 0.59 lb. It’s 8.38mm thick when unfolded in tablet mode, and 21.3mm thick when folded.
Like a lot of HP computers lately, HP’s first foldable tablet is made with a great deal of recycled materials and plastics, with an overall color called Slate Blue.
The release date for the HP Spectre Foldable 17 is October 4, but it started taking pre-orders for wealthy buyers simultaneous with the announcement.
– Tom Bowen