HP Launches an Intel-powered Always Connected PC, Refreshed Spectre x360 15, More at CES

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware with 8 Comments

At CES this year, HP is launching a couple of new products. The company’s flagship Spectre x360 15 is being updated with the hottest processor (no pun intended) in town, and it’s launching a new variant of the Envy x2, too.

HP’s new Spectre x360 15 is being updated with Intel’s newest 8th gen Core processors with Radeon graphics. Intel launched its new 8th gen Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M graphics earlier today, and HP’s refreshed Spectre x360 is one of the first devices to feature the new chips. The new chip from Intel and AMD includes 4GB of HMB2 RAM and can be clocked up to 4.1GHz. HP will still sell a variant with NVIDIA’s GeForce MX 150 graphics if that’s what you prefer.

Much of the new Spectre x360 15 remains unchanged with this year’s refresh. The device continues to come with its beautiful 4K UHD 15.6-inch panel, Windows Hello support, audio from Bang & Olufsen, and offers up to 13.5 hours of battery life (12 hours with the Radeon chipset) with support for HP’s Fast Charge tech. It will be available starting at $1,369.99 on March 18.

Along with the refreshed Spectre x360, HP is introducing a new variant of its Envy x2 convertible. The device originally launched as an Always Connected PC powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Windows 10 on ARM, but HP is now introducing a new Intel-powered variant. Instead of a Snapdragon 835, you are getting a 7th gen Intel Core Y-Series processor on this device and Windows 10 Home instead of Windows 10 S. HP is notably marketing the Intel-powered variant of the Envy x2 as an Always Connected PC, making it difficult for regular consumers to distinguish both the variants. The company is yet to unveil pricing details for both the variants, but the company hopes to open up sales this Spring. I am particularly curious about the price difference between the Intel and Snapdragon variants.

As we reported earlier, HP is one of the first companies to bring Amazon Alexa to its PCs. The company is bringing Amazon’s smart assistant to its Pavilion Wave computer which is built to offer premium audio experiences. Alexa will come as a separate app on the Pavilion Wave, and users will still be able to continue using Cortana as usual. And in other news, HP now has its own cloud gaming service called the OMEN Game Stream, which allows users to enjoy top AAA games from their device. The point of the service is to let users enjoy a powerful gaming experience powered by the cloud on their low-end PCs, or when they are on the move. The service will come pre-installed on all of HP’s OMEN machines this Spring.

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