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HP refreshes its Spectre 15 x360 with a big performance boost

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HP's Spectre x360 15 gets the usual upgrades and a fingerprint reader

"Every aspect of the PC experience is being reinvented, and HP is at the forefront".

A month ago, we thrilled to news of new Qualcomm-powered Always-Connected PCs. Our CES 2018 lineup showcases what's possible when you combine the voice of the customer with world-class design and engineering capabilities.

At the event HP announced a new version of its Envy x2 convertible tablet-laptop powered by an 7th-generation Intel Core Y-series processor, complementing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based version already announced.

Let's have a look at what the new products are all about.

The HP Spectre x360 15 convertible is the world's first laptop to feature Intel's latest 8th-generation Core i7-8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. As per the company, this variant of the Spectre x360 offers up to 12 hours battery life with Fast Charge technology which the company claims 50 percent charge in 30 minutes. It features a 7th Gen Intel Core Y-Series processor, and up to 256GB PCIe SSD storage and 8GB LPDDR3 memory-ideal for saving presentations and other large files. However, it's marginally thicker and heavier, and has a 16.5-hour battery life rather than 20 hours.

Dell may have some competition for laptop thinness, however, with Acer also launching an the ultra-thin Swift 7 (SF714-51) at 8.98 mm, or a mere 0.35 inches in depth. It comes with a 4K display, and a premium design built from aluminum CNC in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents. It sports a 15.6-inch 4K (2160×3840 pixels) UHD touchscreen display that is protected by Gorilla Glass 4. This PC also has its own IR camera that works with Windows Hello - and a fingerprint reader, too. It also has optional HP Tilt Pen.

Pricing for the HP Spectre x360 starts at $1,369.99, and it will be available on March 18.

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In the release, HP also announced the HP ENVY x2, an Always-Connected PC that can be adjusted to laptop, reading, or tablet mode.

Brilliant 12.3-inch diagonal touch WUXGA+ display8 with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for increased durability and scratch resistance when on the go.

Back in October, HP actually refreshed the device that was announced past year at this time with Intel's new eighth-generation "Kaby Lake R" U-series processors. An integrated Intel XMM 7360 LTE-Advanced modem allows users to stay connected with 4G LTE speeds and downloads, according to the product website. The backlit keyboard has a 1.3 mm key travel for a smooth typing experience in any lighting condition.

The pen offers a natural drawing and writing experience with simultaneous pen and touch with Windows Ink.

This is a PC built with Alexa in mind. This desktop machine was optimized with Intel Smart Sound Technology to bring about 360-degree multi-directional reflective audio.

In the area of gaming, HP announced OMEN Game Stream, and the OMEN X 65 Big Format Gaming Display with NVIDIA G-SYNC, which both offer improved graphics and performance. This display has HDR-10 support, and HP suggests it has NVIDIA SHIELD integration as well - we'll see exactly how that plays out soon. The HP ENVY x2 will be available in the spring, and its pricing information has not yet been released. Those with OMEN gaming computers can open the OMEN Command Center app on any Windows 10 PC and play games over the web.

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