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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Santoval - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - link"Graphics-wise, AMD's APUs should shred Intel."
Not necessarily. If the AMD versions are memory limited due to single memory channels and the Intel ones have dual memory channels the graphics blocks of the AMD versions will be severely memory starved. It is unclear if that's the case, however Anton write "The APUs are accompanied by 8 GB of single-channel DDR4-2400 memory", which seems to suggest that only the versions with AMD's APUs have a single memory channel.
The long history of AMD based laptops forced to work with one memory channel is also a bad indication, despite HP using dual memory channels in their previous gen of Ryzen based laptops.
Trefugl - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkSo no TB3? For some reason I thought the previous x360's had it. Honestly, that's one thing that would hold me up from getting this one. Well, that and the RAM options stink. But price and other features seem good for a 2nd machine that I'd mostly use for travel.
notashill - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkSpectre X360 has had TB, the Envy line is a bit lower end and has never had it.
Targon - Thursday, March 21, 2019 - linkNone of the AMD based machines have Thunderbolt support, even if they have a USB-C connector for USB 3.1 performance.
Cooe - Monday, April 8, 2019 - linkNot exactly true, actually. The latest "Titan Ridge" based TB3 PCIe add-in cards (like Gigabyte's for ex) work with most TR4/X399 based motherboards right out of the box (aka, no fiddling required). This despite the platform still not having official Intel TB3 certification yet.
peevee - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkNow this warrants a 1:1 test to see what performance, both CPU and GPU, is really like!
PeachNCream - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkUgh, giant 15 inch screen laptops. I know there's a market for them, but I'd prefer a notebook PC to have a screen below 13.5 inches with a preference for 11-12 inch screens. Make it slightly thicker if there's a need for battery capacity or cooling, but please give us more decent options that are easier to carry around than these enormous pancake computers.
Stochastic - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkThere are plenty of 13-inch ultrabooks available. Also, with bezels shrinking and laptops getting thinner and lighter, 15-inch laptops are more portable than in the past.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - linkYeah, I do agree that they are better with smaller bezels, but 15 inch systems are still generally too large (smaller bezels reduce the footprint of 11-12 inch systems as well, after all) and using one makes me feel like I'm wandering around in the doldrums of 2009 with a dinosaur system of yore regardless of the hardware driving said screen.
neblogai - Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - linkThere are only two 13" laptops with Ryzen mobile. One is 1.2kg light, but single channel, 12W TDP Lenovo 720S, and another- 13" HP Envy with dual channel RAM, but also limited by low 15W STAMP. Both are throtling hard.
On the other hand, a 12-13", sub-1.5kg ultraportable with 35W 3550H would be perfect for me, I don't care if it is several milimeters thicker.