The Palo Alto, California-based computer giant announced an update to the Spectre x360 15-inch convertible laptop, introducing a new model which has a 15.6-inch 4K display with better battery life than previous laptops. The new model is based on Intel’s “Kaby Lake-G” platform, an 8th generation Core processor paired with two high-power options from AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics core. The other option comes with Kaby Lake-R processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce MX150.
The 8th Gen Core processors and AMD Radeon RV Vega M graphics core are connected on the same piece of silicon via an eight-lane PCI Express 3.0 bridge, Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB). HP also used High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HMB2) which is a more power-efficient stacked memory technology.
HP Spectre x360 15 Specs
Like many other laptops at the show this year, it comes with a newly designed chassis that makes excellent use of the 15-inch chassis. Moreover, the new HP Spectre x360 15 is one of the first laptops of 2018 to offer Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M GPUs. The speaker grills on each side of the 2017 model’s keyboard are no more. This has made room for a redesigned edge-to-edge keyboard with a full number pad to the right.
Some of the other features include a Corning Gorilla Glass touchscreen display with a 4K UHD resolution, USB 3.1 Type-A, an SD Card Reader, HDMI 2.0, an 84 Wh battery, and up to two Thunderbolt 3 ports. HP claims it will get 13.5 hours of battery life and can reach a 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.
This year’s Spectre x360 15 is slightly thicker at 0.76 inches. The thickness will give more room for cooling the quad-core Intel processors. At 2.14kgs for the AMD version and 2.09kg for the NVIDIA version, this laptop will feel mighty lighter in the backpack.
Apart from the standard configurations, storage upgrades up to 2 TB will also be available. All models include the standard HP Pen. A more advanced HP Tilt Pen is available at $90. Moreover, you can choose from the black and copper accent or black and silver.
The 2018 HP Spectre x360 15 will start at $1,369 when it ships on March 18, 2018.