LAS VEGAS, NV — On the back of Intel's announcement for its new product line, Intel with Radeon RX Vega M Graphics, two OEMs have come forward as launch partners with products. HP is set to launch the Spectre X360 15-inch design very soon, with the official announcement today. Despite the name clash with the recent processor bug, HP is equipping a tried and tested notebook design ID with a combined CPU/GPU that should offer a number of positives.

The HP Spectre 15 X360 

This will be the third generation of Spectre X360 which first launched at CES 2016 and was created with the prosumers and creative enthusiast in mind. The photographers, videographers, illustrators, and developers targeted for this device wanted an increased battery life in the 4K model (matching the FHD), more performance, as well as a good GPU and touch screen and stylus because of the 3D applications used. To that end, HP bumped the processor up to the latest Intel 8th Generation Core with Radeon RX Vega M, or a Kaby Lake-R (i7-8850U) and an NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 discrete GPU, for increased graphics horsepower. Even with the increased capabilities, HP says the machine offers 13.5 hours of battery life using the Kaby-Lake-R CPUs or 12 using the Kaby Lake-G. The KL-G variants include fast charging to the tune of 90% in 90 minutes and 50% in 30 mins helping mobility and productivity with less time connected to charge.

The updated design includes a full CNC machined chassis with a profile matching the smaller Spectre 13. The bezels have shrunk to 6.3mm which HP says is 3.8% thinner year over year difference. The 15” unit includes a 4K 15.6-inch UHD IPS touchscreen with Gorilla Glass 4 to help protect the panel. The geared hinge supporting the monitor allows for a large range of motion to support its multiple modes as a convertible. The audio was also upgraded and is now handled by four high-quality Bang and Olufsen speakers.

The keyboard adds a number pad making shortcuts from content creation and other applications easier to access. With this change, the speakers were moved up top instead of the sides and the touchpad is moved and centered. Access to the device uses secure, smart technology such as fingerprint as well as logging in using the integrated IR camera and Windows Hello ensuring users have an option. Also included is the HP Pen (Tilt pen is optional at $50) rounding out an ecosystem of simultaneous pen and touch capabilities, as well as keeping security in mind. Due to the discrete GPU and increased battery size, the chassis is slightly thicker and heavier.  


HP Spectre X360 15 (2018)
Warranty Period 1 Year Warranty
Product Page N/A
Price ($US) $1369.99
Type Convertible
Configurations Quad-Core i7-8550U
NVIDIA MX150 (384 Cores)
15W + 25-40W
Quad-Core Kaby Lake-G
Radeon RX Vega M GL (1280 SPs)
65W Total
Memory Up to 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz
Networking 2T2R 802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth
Internal Storage 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Display 15.6" Micro-Edge Brightview 
WLED-backlit touch screen w/ Gorrilla Glass 4
Camera Front-Facing HP Wide Vision FHD IR webcam
Power / Battery 90W AC Adapter / 6-cell 84 Wh
Speakers 4 x Bang and Olufsen
Ports and Connectors 1 x Thunderbolt 3
1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
1 x USB 3.0 Type-A
1 x HDMI
1 x Headphone-out/mic-in combo jack
Dimensions / Weight 14.1 in x 9.8 in x 0.76 in
4.6 lbs.

Pricing will start at $1369.99 and will be available on March 18th, 2018.

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  • serendip - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    So is the Spectre vulnerable to Spectre and Meltdown? Sorry, couldn't resist.
  • Guitaripod - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

  • R0H1T - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    I think you'll find this "spectre" invulnerable to "meltdown" VIA Ryzen Envy.
  • Spunjji - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Joke fail, because these both have Melty Intel goodness inside. <3
  • r3loaded - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Well, older HP Spectres are vulnerable to a more literal "meltdown" :D
  • T1beriu - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    You sure Kaby Lake-G only uses a 90W power supply? It seems tightly close, almost impossible.
  • DanNeely - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    It's using the 65W Kabylake-G. The rest of the system isn't going to use anywhere near 25W; and as thin as these systems are they're not going to support extended turbo at significantly above nominal TDP. Charging is going to be miserably slow if you're doing it with the system running at full load; but that's far from a unique flaw with this model.
  • skavi - Monday, January 8, 2018 - link

    Woah, this must have been a huge internal redesign. The Spectre x360 15" has always been the weakest in its class (compared to XPS 15 & MacBook Pro 15") with a capacity of only around ~40W. Now it's going all the way up to 65W. I would have expected Dell to bring this to the XPS 15 first, since that's always had to manage ~90W.

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