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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lenghui - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - linkNah, I say AMD should just go the Apple and MS way and manufacture their own laptop. I certainly hope that this laptop is not limited to 8GB of RAM. It's everything I look for, except for the RAM. I want/need 32 for what I do.
patel21 - Sunday, March 24, 2019 - linkI also believe AMD going microsoft's way to produce its own line up would eventually be better as the techies like us would really consider those properly implemented systems.
Irata - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkThat's why OEM only get my money if they do their AMD based laptops right (for the price range) and do not gimp it in any way.
Right now, that was Huawei with their Matebook.
Targon - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - linkLenovo is doing well with their AMD based machines as well, with the majority being onboard memory plus one slot for the second channel. You may not have the option to swap out both memory channels, but at least you do get dual-bank for the memory configuration.
Irata - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkNot, it's not really difficult - Huawei had no problem supplying their Ryzen based Matebook with dual channel RAM.
But: At least the AMD option uses the same screen, battery and chassis as the Intel option which is already an improvement.
Just hope that the single channel RAM is the only way it is gimped and that the cooling solution, drivers and configuration are all as they should be.
DanNeely - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkDoes not user accessible just mean the chassis is hard to open, or that it's soldiered and non-upgradable?
GreenReaper - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkIf it's like earlier versions, you'll need two types of screwdriver to open it, and the RAM is hidden behind a shield that needs to be spudged off; but the first link shows it socketed, as is the SSD (see the video at 08:20, or the third picture, in the first link):
Of course they could change anything as long as it's in line with the specification.
notashill - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkI have the previous gen of this machine and it has 4GB soldered RAM plus a SODIMM slot, of course that doesn't say anything about the new model.
HP publishes service manuals for most of their machines so that's probably the easiest way to find out once they're released for these models.
Here's the one for the previous model: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c06140010
ft555555 - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkThat manual clearly indicates that the DIMMS are removable. I own the late 2017 Ryzen 2700U model, and I can assure you that there are dual channel DRAM slots. I purchased a 2x4GB model and upgraded it myself to 2x8GB.
GreenReaper - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkOn testing sites, the AMD CPUs mentioned here look a little lower in single-core, but a little higher in multi-core, though I'm unsure whether they've re-tested with countermeasures to recent attacks.
The difference in frequencies between the 3500U and the 3700U is non-trival, esp. all-core turbo (3.0Ghz->3.5Ghz) - as is +25% Vega cores - but it'll depend on whether cooling is adequate, especially in an ultrabook chassis. I'd want to see reviews covering sustained load on the 3700U before deciding. Let's hope black helps them radiate heat better, like my Lenovo X120e! ;-)
Graphics-wise, AMD's APUs should shred Intel. Wireless performance is likely to be a tad lower - maybe not to a level that will be noticeable outside of tests?
Loss of Bluetooth 5.0 is unfortunate for those using its features: https://www.howtogeek.com/343718/whats-different-i...
Curiously, long range and faster speed modes are optional in Bluetooth 5:
However, I guess this might be because one or the other is more useful for particular devices.
Intel's specs claim these as features of Bluetooth 5, so hopefully they're in their products: https://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en...