CES 2020: HP’s Spectre x360 15 Gets Comet Lake, Goes on Diet, Gains 17 Hrs Battery Lifeby Anton Shilov on January 16, 2020 10:00 AM EST
Notebook makers put a lot of efforts into making their 13.3 and 14-inch notebooks as sleek and light as possible, which is why road warriors can enjoy more compact systems every year. Meanwhile, technologies designed for the aforementioned PC are eventually used on other types of laptops too. This is the case with HP’s 2020 Spectre x360 15, which inherits many design elements of its 13.3-inch convertible sibling to make the 15.6-inch machine more compact.
The key improvement of the 2020 HP Spectre x360 15 over its predecessor are narrow display bezels that enabled the company to install a 15.6-inch Full-HD or Ultra-HD display panel into a chassis that resemble those of a 14-inch laptop. The notebook now boasts a 90% screen-to-body ratio (STBR), up from a 79.78% STBR in case of the 2019 model, and is 24 mm shorter than the predecessor. Meanwhile, the PC did not become any thinner, yet it is now clearly more compact than before.
Obviously, to make the Spectre x360 15 more compact in general, HP had to redesign its internals. The system is powered by Intel’s 10th Generation Core processor (Comet Lake) that is accompanied by an optional NVIDIA GeForce GPU, solid-state storage as well as everything else that you come to expect from a premium 2020 laptop, including Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth, Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-A, HDMI, a microSD slot, Windows Hello-compliant webcam with IR sensors (which can be switched off), a microphone array, a Bang & Olufsen speaker array, and a 3.5-mm combo audio jack for headsets.
Just like last year, the flagship Spectre x360 15 will come with a 15.6-inch AMOLED display with TrueBlack HDR 400 certification that covers the DCI-P3 color gamut. Meanwhile, HP will also offer an optional 4K LCD panel that consumes 2 W for those who want a very long battery life of around 17 hours. Select machines will also come with an anti-reflection glass.
As usual with Spectre-branded notebooks, HP put a special emphasis on style of its new 15.6-inch mobile PC. The system will come in Nightfall Black with Copper Luxe Accents or Poseidon Blue with Pale Brass Accents chassis with gem-cut edges.
HP’s Spectre x360 15 will be available this March directly from HP starting at $1.599.99
- HP’s 2019 Spectre 13 X360 Launched: Ice Lake, OLED, 22 Hours
- HP at CES 2019: HP Spectre x360 15 Gets AMOLED Display
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- HP at CES 2018: HP Spectre x360 using Intel with Radeon RX Vega M, $1370
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DanNeely - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkThe image gallery appears to have 2 copies of all the images in it.
remosito - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linknext gen nvidia gpu is supposed to gain a lot in power efficiency thanks to switch from 12nm to 7nm+. I guess such a one in this laptop is to much to hope for?
DanNeely - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkProbably not until the refresh after this one. The rumor mill has NVidia launching their first 3xxx series cards around mid-year, not March; and even then they normally start with desktop flagships not low/mid end laptop parts.
0ldman79 - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkVery interested in the 17 hour battery life claim.
Though looking at the specs vs the price, it would cost me $1900+ to upgrade from my 2015 Dell Inspriron 7559. Everything else on the list would be a downgrade from a 4 year old laptop and I'm not even sure the $1899 model has a comparable GPU.
Not quite sure what the deal is here. I can't remember the last time a 4 year old laptop held up like that.
BigDragon - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkThis HP is a 2-in-1 x360 model. They normally have worse specs than proper laptops like your Inspiron 7559. The specs are not exactly comparable.
However, criticism is warranted given that specs in the 2-in-1 space have badly stagnated over the past several years. Performance seems to have regressed a bit despite improvements to screens. I have a 2017 Yoga 720 that can meet or exceed the performance of the latest 2-in-1s thanks to its beefy cooling system.
skavi - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkInspiron is a tier down. Spectre competes with XPS (though, IMO, XPS 15 is far superior as it typically uses much higher powered parts).
Rookierookie - Sunday, January 19, 2020 - linkThe only XPS 15" convertibles available are the Kaby Lake-G, and the processor tech is 2 generations old.
niva - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkWow, these things are expensive!!! Good looking device, but it's for rich people, much richer than me.
peevee - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkWill the battery be user-replaceable?
Retycint - Thursday, January 16, 2020 - linkMost windows laptops have "user replaceable" batteries because they are screwed down instead of being glued like the MacBooks. So most of the time you simply have to unscrew the bottom panel, unscrew the battery and you're done