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HP says it 'in no way' tried to copy Apple with Envy Spectre XT design

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HP's VP of industrial design says that the similarities between the upcoming Envy Spectre XT and the MacBook Air are simply due to the nature of ultrabook design.

Gallery Photo: HP Envy Spectre XT Press Photos
Gallery Photo: HP Envy Spectre XT Press Photos

HP's Envy line of laptops has regularly been compared to Apple's MacBooks in terms of style and design, and when it comes to the Envy Spectre XT the company addressed the issue by saying that the device looks the way it does "not due to Apple but due to the way technologies developed." Speaking to Engadget, HP's VP of industrial design Stacy Wolff explained that while the Spectre XT and the Macbook Air may look a lot a like, he believes there are as many differences as there are similarities.

He pointed out things like the XT's rubber-coated bottom, brushed metal chassis, and its different keyboard as key differentiators. As for what's similar — such as the wedge design and silver color — Wollf says that it's simply where the ultrabook is headed. "It is not because those guys did it first," he explained. "It's just that's where the form factor is leading it." The Envy Spectre XT is due to launch on June 8th, but be sure to check out our hands-on impressions of the laptop to learn more.

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