HP Reveals Envy x360 15 Laptops with AMD's Latest Ryzen APUsby Anton Shilov on March 19, 2019 11:00 AM EST
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HP on Tuesday introduced its new 15.6-inch convertible notebooks based on AMD’s Ryzen Mobile 3000-series APUs. The new HP Envy x360 15 are positioned as inexpensive 15.6-inch-class laptops for productivity applications. In addition, the company announced its new Intel-based HP Envy x360 15 PCs.
HP’s AMD Ryzen 3000 and Intel Core i5/i7-based Envy x360 15 convertibles use exactly the same sand-blasted anodized aluminum chassis and thus have the same dimensions (17 mm z-height) and weight (~ 2 kilograms). The only visual difference between AMD and Intel-powered Envy x360 15 PCs is the color: the former features HP’s Nightfall Black finish, whereas the latter features HP’s Natural Silver finish. Overall the new 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertible laptops feature a 28% smaller bezel when compared to the previous generation according to the manufacturer. Meanwhile, all the HP Envy x360 15 machines introduced today also use the same 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS touch-enabled display panel featuring a WLED backlighting.
Inside the new AMD-based HP Envy x360 15 convertible laptops are AMD’s quad-core Ryzen 5 3500U or Ryzen 7 3700U processors with integrated Radeon RX Vega 8/10 graphics. The APUs are accompanied by 8 GB or single or dual-channel DDR4-2400 memory (depending on the region) as well as a 256 GB NVMe/PCIe M.2 SSD. As for Intel-powered Envy x360 15, they use Core i5-8265U or Core i7-8565U CPUs.
UPDATE 3/27: HP has notified us that all the new Envy x360 15 support dual-channel memory. However, in some regions the machines will ship with a single 8 GB memory module (thus using one DRAM channel), but in some others the PCs will ship with two 4 GB DIMMs (thus using two DDR4 channels and offering a higher memory bandwidth).
As far as connectivity is concerned, everything looks rather standard: the systems feature a 802.11ac + Bluetooth 5.0/4.2 controller from Intel or Realtek, one USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C connector (with DP 1.4), two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an HDMI output, a 3.5-mm audio connector for headsets, an SD card reader, and so on. The new Envy x360 15 also has an HD webcam with a dual array microphone and a kill switch, a fingerprint reader, Bang & Olufsen-baged stereo speakers, and a full-sized keyboard.
When it comes to battery life, HP claims that its AMD Ryzen Mobile-powered Envy x360 15 convertibles offer exactly the same battery life as Intel-based machines: up to 13 hours of mixed usage when equipped with a 55.67 Wh battery.
HP will start sales of its Envy x360 15 convertible notebooks with AMD Ryzen Mobile inside this April. Pricing will start at $799.99. By contrast, a system featuring Intel’s Core i5-8265U with a generally similar configuration will cost $869.99.
|HP Envy X360 15"|
|Envy x360 15 (AMD)
|Envy x360 15 (Intel)
|Processor||Ryzen 5 3500U
2.1 GHz Base
3.7 GHz Turbo
|Ryzen 7 3700U
2.3 GHz Base
4.0 GHz Turbo
1.6 GHz Base
3.9 GHz Turbo
1.8 GHz Base
4.0 GHz Turbo
|Graphics||Vega 8||Vega 10||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|RAM||8 GB DDR4-2400 (not user accessible)|
|Storage||256 GB PCIe/NVMe||256 GB PCIe/NVMe
512 GB PCIe/NVMe + 32 GB Optane
|Intel Wireless-AC 9560
|Audio||Bang & Olufsen
|Digital Media||SD card reader|
|1 x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1
2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1
1 x 3.5mm jack
|Dimensions / Weight||14.13 x 9.68 x 0.67-inch
2 kilograms | 4.53 lbs
|Battery / Battery Life||3-cell 55.67 Wh LiPo
65W AC adapter
|Price||Starting $799.99||Starting $869.99|
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rrinker - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkSO you want a tablet? 15" is anything but giant. As thin as these are, they are easily portable. Since switching to a modern machine (but not as thin as these), I can get my laptop AND my external USB monitor in the same carry bag that previously was a struggle to fit just the old laptop. Plus at 1080 - even on a 15" screen I need to set the magnification to 150% to be able to read the thing. 1080 on an 11 or 12 inch screen? Are you insane? Thankfully Windows 10 actually works in this regard, although web pages can;t seem to figure it out yet, and when remoting into servers, it can still be tough to read if the server was set on 1080 or higher.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkThe unnecessary accusation of insanity aside (over screen size of all things -- that's treading into turning computers into high drama), I would be highly reluctant to get a 1080 res screen at 11-12 inches. 1366x768 seems a lot more prudent at that size as I already find it necessary to 125% scale with 1080 on a 14.1 inch panel. I was pretty happy with 10 inch panels on those single core Atom netbooks from years ago, but performance was a tad slow when they were new and not at all fast enough now. Also, tablets seem pointless to me. I have a phone if I want something with an on-screen keyboard. Windows, despite Microsoft's efforts, still works a bit better for me with a keyboard and touchpad so I'd be reluctant to give that up or fumble around with components that aren't at least physically joined together on a full-time basis.
hanselltc - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkI mean if you were happy with a 10 inch atom, you might as well just grab an ipad?
PeachNCream - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkWas happy. Up to 2016 or so, an Atom n270 was good enough to serve as a primary home PC. It's not sufficient now and while I think iPads are awesome, I just don't like the idea of the keyboard being a physically independent component. If I'm at something with a larger-than-phone sized screen, I'm doing something that benefits from a keyboard so an iPad would effectively always end up being paired up with a keyboard so there isn't a point in paying a price premium for a computing device that I'd end up using as a laptop. And there's the matter of connectivity with other devices or external storage that is a bit more cumbersome on a tablet like the iPad. I think my breaking point for buying an iPad would be the inclusion of microSD and a user replaceable battery. That would absolutely make me think really hard about buying one at almost any price Apple saw fit to charge.
i-know-not - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkAs a numpad user, I'll always be on 15 inch laptops unless someone decides cram one on a 13/14 inch one or find a creative solution.
PeachNCream - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkThere are a number of times (pun intended) that I wanted a numpad on my laptops. I've got a USB external pad, but I'll concede it isn't the best solution as most smaller laptops have only a few USB ports. In your case, you're probably going to end up on 15+ inch systems for the time being. I would not want to use the Fn key combo for numpad extended data entry. It's a non-starter.
jaydee - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkSame here, numpad is a must.
Just ordered Lenovo Thinkpad E585 (Ryzen 5 2500U, 1080p IPS, for under $700 after online coupons). Wasn't particularly looking for AMD, but it was ~$150 cheaper than i5 with no other compromises, so it works for me.
Rookierookie - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkIf only HP offered a laptop like the Elitebook x360 1020 G2 with a 12.5 inch screen. Oh wait.
You go get your ultrabook; there are plenty of choices available from every major notebook maker. If you insist on Ryzen, there's always the ThinkPad A285. Other people need that 15" screen for their work and I don't know why you even felt the need to comment when the product's clearly not meant for your needs.
PeachNCream - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - linkI've been poking around online since the BBS days, so I should know better than to have an opinion or bother to express it. It'll always trigger someone, somewhere even if it isn't something you'd initially think was incendiary. Skins are distressingly soft where computers are concerned which is weird since I'd go out on a limb to say that most of AT's readers are male and many consider themselves on the logical/technical side of thought rather than being willing to admit they are emotional creatures with narrow band limits on what feelings they're conditioned to experience.
Targon - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkGo figure that HP would cripple any AMD based machine however they can. Single channel memory without the option to go dual channel limits performance. Due to the size, sustained testing would favor the Ryzen based machines due to the base speeds being higher, and limited cooling will make these models not run at turbo speeds for very long.
Lenovo has been better about this, where even if there is only a single slot for memory, there is one memory channel soldered to the motherboard.