HP Spectre x360 15" (early 2018) - 8th gen H-series class quad + AMD Vega Graphics!

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  1. stormi

    stormi Scribbler - Standard Member

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    HP does another refresh of the HP Spectre x360 15", this time with a huge change in CPU and GPU power!

    The rumors were correct again (http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/thr...-h-series-class-quad-amd-vega-graphics.73406/).

    The new Spectre x360 15" will available later this quarter with Intels new Kaby Lake-G (8th gen Intel H-series class quad core CPU + AMD Vega Graphics + 4GB HBM on a single package and a total power of 65W TDP).

    Another great news is the change to a keyboard with a num-pad and included pen with tilt support!
    You will also get 2 Thunderbolt 3 Ports on the Kaby Lake-G variant and because H-series CPUs provide more PCI-e lanes than the U-series I also hope that at least one port provides x4 PCI-e lanes.


    Now up for sale in the US: https://store.hp.com/us/en/Configur...Id=&catEntryId=3074457345618723818&quantity=1

    Comparison & specs of the two new variants:
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    Hands-on:


    And the price is only insignificant above the 15W CPU variant ($1450 vs. $1370) with otherwise same specs (8 GB RAM & 256 GB SSD).

    I think this will be my next device :eek:


    Datasheet KL-G: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/images/HP_...245_2545039_tcm245_2544922_tcm245-2545039.pdf
    Datasheet KL-R: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/images/HP_...245_2542866_tcm245_2544922_tcm245-2542866.pdf

    Maintenance and Service Guide: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05918213
    According to the manual the SSD, RAM and Wifi module are all socketed and should be easy to replace (as well as the battery) :) Good job HP :thumbsup:
    HP Spectre x360 15 internals KL-G.png
    User Guide: http://h10032.www1.hp.com/ctg/Manual/c05924302

    http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/spectrex360/overview.html
    https://www.anandtech.com/show/1222...pectre-x360-using-intel-with-radeon-rx-vega-m
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/The-H...aby-Lake-R-and-Kaby-Lake-G-SKUs.269626.0.html
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/new-hp-spectre-x360-15-2018-specs-price-release-date-3367792
    https://www.computerbase.de/2018-01/hp-spectre-15-x360-notebook-kaby-lake-g/


    Comparison between this and the Dell XPS 15 2-in1:
    HP Spectre x360 15 vs. Dell XPS 15 2-in1.png
     
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  2. thatcomicsguy

    thatcomicsguy Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    Wacom AES or N-Trig? Or something else?

    I've not kept up with Hewlett Packard. What have they been outfitting their machines with lately?
     
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    stormi Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Their recent devices are equiped with N-Trig or Wacom AES but the Spectre x360 lineup used N-Trig in the past so this one will most likely also use N-Trig.
     
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  4. dstrauss

    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    LOVE THAT KEYBOARD!

    Microsoft - how about taking notes from HP that YOU DON'T HAVE TO WAIT 2 YEARS BETWEEN UPGRADES? Where is the Gen 8 upgrade for the Surface Pro?

    Keep up the good work HP.
     
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    stormi Scribbler - Standard Member

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  6. Azzart

    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    The most powerful one looks like a great device for the price. A pity for the use of the16:9 display yet again, more so considering the size of the upper and lower bezels.
     
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    dstrauss Comic Relief Senior Member

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    @MobileTechReview - Lisa, is HP the fastest moving vendor or what. The late 2016-early 2017 x360 was a vast upgrade; they were first (or nearly so) out of the box with Kaby Lake R and the MX150, now less than six months later on to the Kaby Lake G fusion with AMD, in a 65W processor package all for $1699. MS is barely into 8th Gen processors to begin with (don't think Apple even has it in the MacBook Pro), at $1000 more - this has got to be making heads spin with the big boys...
     
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  8. MobileTechReview

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    It is good to see HP moving along quickly- Dell and Lenovo are fast on their heels, so no doubt they feel the pressure. I do worry a little about the thermals for this new high end config, considering the 15 watt with MX150 is already a hot tamale.

     
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    Yes, in fact I've returned my x360 15" because the fan was starting to drive me nuts coming on often and loud (and I don't stream videos or play games).
     
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    Azzart Late night illustrator Senior Member

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    I love how you people shoot me right back to planet earth as soon I start fancying a machine. :D
     
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