One of HP's newest notebooks is the HP Spectre x360 which allows the display to flip from front to back with a full 360 degree action. Earlier this month the U.S. Patent Office granted HP a design patent for a new notebook design that has a different twist to the Spectre x360 in that it allows the display to swing from front to back with a simple flick of the screen on a common back structure arm. The arm allows the display to slide-down and slip over the keyboard so as to act as an easy-to-use tablet; act as a normal notebook display when lifted fully or flip it over and use it as a presentation device for the office or to small groups of customers around a small conference table. For more graphics on this invention, see our full Patently Mobile report here.
Another notebook design patent of interest was granted to Samsung earlier this month (D726,177). The design introduced a new keyboard and touchpad configuration that is different than most designs on the market today in that it has the touchpad on the right side of the keyboard instead of in the palm rest area.
While both HP and Samsung are trying to bring some new ideas to the table for notebooks as noted above, Apple has just launched the new MacBook with a thinner chassis that's available in different colored metals, sports a gorgeous new 12 inch high-end display at 2304×1440 while offering other innovations such as a reinvented keyboard and the new USB -Type C port.