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The HP Spectre Folio in all its leather-bound glory

HP flips to a new chapter in the evolution of laptop design.

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Smell my laptop. Go on, breathe it in.

According to HP, the Folio is not a PC wrapped in leather, but a PC made of leather. It feels good, and smells it too.

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Notebook

Laptops are often referred to as notebooks -- this is one of the few that actually looks like one.

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Leather plus metal

Leather is luxurious, but HP believes the material is richer still when paired with metal.

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Media mode

The Folio moves smoothly from laptop mode to media mode with the use of hinges and magnets.

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Tablet mode

The Folio also folds flat into tablet mode.

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HP Tilt Pen

What's a giant screen in 2018 without a bundled stylus?

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Ports

The Folio houses three USB-C ports.

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Delicate details

The Folio's acoustics supposedly work similarly well in every mode.

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Leather loop

An optional leather loop can be attached to the Folio to keep your stylus safe.

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Headphone jack

HP was adamant it didn't want to sacrifice the headphone jack.

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What's your tipple?

Cognac brown or bordeaux burgundy? There are two color options so you can take your pick.

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Classic look

Leather never goes out of style and ages well.

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Leather folds

The way the leather bends has been designed to mimic the spine of a leather-bound book.

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Design cues

Little stitches in key areas show attention to detail.

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B&O

HP and B&O worked together on the engineering the Folio's audio.

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4K

The 13-inch screen offers 4K resolution for a top-class media experience.

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Trackpad

The trackpad remains accessible in media mode.

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Connectivity

For better connectivity, the antennas are built into the leather rather than being encased in metal.

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Battery

Inside the slim chassis is a battery with an 18-hour run time.

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Not quite flat

When in tablet mode, the Folio lies on a slight angle rather than sitting flush with a flat surface.

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Metal on the fingertips, leather on the palms

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