CES 2017: HP Announces New Spectre x360-15, EliteBook x360, More

Posted on January 3, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware, Windows 10 with 18 Comments

CES 2017: HP Announces New Spectre x360-15, EliteBook x360, More

Not to be outdone by Lenovo, HP has announced its own selection of amazing new PCs and devices for CES 2017.

Here’s what’s new.

Spectre x360 (15-inch)

Following closely behind the “near perfect” 13-inch Spectre x360 (2016) is a new 15-inch variant that offers significant improvements over its predecessor, which I described last year as a “productivity monster.”

That means a 15.6-inch 4K micro-edge display, up to 12 hours of battery life, new-generation Intel Core microprocessors, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics, two front facing Bang & Olufsen speakers, a Windows Hello-compatible IR camera, and USB-C/Thunderbolt (and normal USB) connectivity.

The Spectre x360 (15-inch, 2017) will ship in February, but you can preorder it right now. It will cost $1279 and up.

HP EliteBook x360

Thanks to the success of its convertible form factors, HP has brought the x360 style and functionality to its business-class EliteBook line. The HP EliteBook x360 delivers up to 16.5 hours of battery life, optional 4K UHD display, a Windows Hello-compatible IR camera, and active pen support.

The new HP EliteBook x360 will ship at the end of January.

HP Sprout Pro

The second generation version of HP’s curious Sprout all-in-one PC features easier interaction between Windows 10 and the device’s HD projector, touch mat and 2D/3D cameras, and it now provides high-precision 3D scanning for the first time (in addition to faster 2D scanning).

Sprout Pro includes an Intel Core i7 processor, 1 TB of SSHD storage, up to 16 GB of RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics, and Windows 10 Pro. It will become available sometime in March, HP says.

HP ENVY Curve AIO 34

This new generation wide/curved AIO features a 34-inch Technicolor Color Certified Ultra WQHD micro-edge display, which HP says “floats over an integrated four speaker sound bar tuned by Bang & Olufsen.” It even includes a low blue light mode for night usage.

The ENVY Curve also ships with 7th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 desktop processors, an HP Privacy Camera with IR support for Windows Hello, and a microphone that is hidden when not in use. It can wirelessly charge other devices and can be decked out with an optional NVIDIA GFX dGPU and various storage options all the way up to a 256 GB SSD with a 2 TB HDD.

The HP ENVY Curved All-In-One 34 will be available from HP.com starting on January 11 for $1729 and up. Select retailers will get the device starting February 26.

OMEN X 35 Curved Display

This 35-inch curved gaming PC display provides NVIDIA G-Sync technology. It will be available from HP.com and select retailers in March and will start at $1,299.99.


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Comments (18)

18 responses to “CES 2017: HP Announces New Spectre x360-15, EliteBook x360, More”

  1. 5767

    More of the usual 'let's throw everything at the wall and hope something sticks' instead of focusing like a laser beam on creating one amazing product. f.e., how Apple does it and lately Microsoft with Surface.

    • 316

      In reply to MutualCore:

      I think it's more about creating a set of diverse products that meet each of the emerging new PC-class device categories.

      Using Surface as an example, you can't meet the needs of people who would buy a Surface Studio with a Surface Pro, nor with a Surface Hub, and vice-versa.

      These companies are definitely experimenting to see what new form factors will be appealing to people, but how else would you do this? You can't convince someone that wants a Surface Hub that they can get by with a Surface Pro if you focus on just making a really good Surface Pro.

  2. 3494

    The x360 15 may be my next laptop.

  3. 442

    I hate curved screens.  And, a 15.6" with no number pad?  Productivity is a no go on that one...  Really stupid marketing ploys, HP should do better.

    • 1816

      In reply to Narg:

      I hate number pads on laptops. It makes you type off-center from the screen all the time; very awkward.

    • 899

      In reply to Narg: I'm in the same camp as DaddyBrownJr. I prefer keyboards without a number pad for two reasons. I like my keyboard to be centered. I also don't like that number pads make keyboards bigger and thus make it harder to reach for a mouse. But on the flip side I can empathize with those who have to have 'em. So the poor marketing guys can't win, I suspect, unless they offer two variations (with and without num pad) of their large screen laptops, which is not likely to happen.


    • 5400

      I agree completely. Numbers are just as important as words (speaking as an engineer)  and being confined to the top of the keyboard when there is plenty of room on the laptop is like Apple's 'form spitting on function' crap like selling iMac's with a wireless keyboard with no numberpad.


    • bsd107

      In reply to Narg:

      I am a heavy user of numeric keypads, but on a 15.6" laptop you can't have one without making the key spacing more narrow than normal. Which is not a good trade off IMHO.

  4. 5641

    Nice to see updated laptops and to see vendors taking the lead from Microsoft to build similar class devices at lower prices. Looking forward to see who jumps into the Surface Studio clone world first. I'm sure Microsoft has been hard at work with OEM's on this already.

    With the release of the 835, hopefully won't be too long until we see the future of Windows 10 mobile.

    From what I can see:

    Mac's are pretty much dead. Lacklustre hardware and no professional software support from Apple. No games. Mediocre store. Will Final Cut Pro X be the next to go (as of 10.3)? Do or die year for Apple this year (in the desktop / laptop space).

    Laptops seem to be the way forward with Windows Hello coming online. Monitors are getting a boost too with USB-C hubs becoming popular / commonplace.

    Mobile is still big business but I think people in general are not really finding the need to move up / upgrade yet. The 835's support of DirectX 12 together with native Windows 10 on ARM is going to see something interesting this year. Android flagships are going to be 'same with a few tweaks' while most of the current batch will likely get Nougat. Apple will likely pull something special for the iPhone's 10th Anniversary.

    A lot of the large companies I keep in touch with are now significantly involved with their six figure testing / rollouts of Windows 10 which will happen in the next year or two. This should mean Windows 10 figures are going to jump in the next year.

    I'm also interested in what's coming to cars / home in the next year. Alexa appeared to be a Christmas hit.

  5. 794

    Looks like the Omen on top of a Cross. 

  6. 9792

    Don't pre-order the Spectre x360 15.

    The 2016 Spectre x360 15 used a Pentile display matrix to cheat the ability to advertise the 4K Ultra HD 3840x2160 resolution, without actually providing the full detail of the resolution. It's way worse than the true 4K displays in the Dell XPS 15 4K, Lenovo Yoga 710 4K, Lenovo Y700 4K, and Acer Nitro 4K.



    Don't pre-order it, and don't buy it until it can be confirmed that HP is using a TRUE 4K display in the new model.

  7. 2481

    :< no Surface Studio competitor.....

  8. 2532

    Impressive, most impressive.