HP has debuted a new series of Envy laptops at the Cannes Film Festival. In addition to this, the company has also announced a refreshed Spectre x2 sporting Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processors. What is more surprising is the use of an AMD APU in the new Envy x360; a very curious choice.
The Spectre x2 is largely unchanged from its Microsoft Surface-esque design. It is technically still the same machine, although HP has updated the hardware to better take advantage of the Windows 10 Creator’s Update. The processor is bumped up to an Intel Core i7-7560U, while the rest of the hardware remains the same.
Also included in the package is a new Windows Ink certified pen. If the location of the announcement wasn’t already a clue, HP is deliberately targeting content creators with these new machines.
Overall, the Spectre x2 is still sports a 12.3-inch 3000 x 2000 display backed by Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650. There’s 8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM onboard, along with a 360GB SSD for storage. The Spectre x2 is expected to become available on HP’s online store in June for $999.99 (RM4300).
The Envy 13 and 17 are the regular clamshell laptops in the Envy family. As suggested, these have 13- and 17-inch displays respectively. The Envy 13 looks to be the portable version of the lot, with its Intel Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 128GB SSD. The size doesn’t seem to allow it to have a proper GPU, and it relies on an Intel HD Graphics 620.
On the other hand, the Envy 17 sports an Intel Core i7-500U processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB HDD. The GPU is a decidedly outdated and low powered Nvidia GeForce 940MX. This choice of graphics is curious, as HP is targeting the content creation crowd with these laptops.
The HP Envy 13 will be available in June for $1049.99 (about RM4500); while the Envy 17 is already on sale for $999.99 (about RM4300).
Finally, the refreshed Envy x360 15 brings the 2-in-1 folding hinge design to the Envy family. There are four variants of the convertible 15.6-inch, offering a range of specifications. AMD users will be glad to know that two of the four feature the AMD FX9800P APU (or not). The APU is still technically new, being announced in October last year. Still, it isn’t a common sight on current computers.
Memory ranges from 8GB to 16GB depending on the configuration of the Envy x360, while storage comes in the form of a 1TB SATA HDD. No option for a discrete graphics card has been revealed, leaving all four variants relying on integrated graphics.
The Envy x360 15 will be arriving in June for $899.99 (about RM3900).