HP Adds Nvidia Graphics Power To Refreshed Spectre x360 Laptop

HP has revealed a refreshed version if its Spectre x360 15 convertible laptop, bringing in a slimmer chassis with a 4K display, and graphics grunt from Nvidia.

Following the critical acclaim its 2016 predecessor received, the 2017 Spectre x360, offers a 15.6 inch ultra high-definition display across all three of its new models, as well as Core i7 chips from Intel featuring the 7th generation Kaby Lake architecture.

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HP has managed to squeeze in discreet dedicated graphics chips from Nvidia in the form of the Geforce 940MX, while this is not the latest or most powerful mobile graphics card on offer from Nvidia, it still gives the new Spectre more pixel pushing power over its predecessor. This does come at the cost of adding 1.9mm to the laptop, meaning it now measures in at a still very svelte 17.9mm.

To keep the 4K display and graphics chip chugging along, the new Spectre x360 15 also spots a larger battery pack, capable of delivering nearly 13 hours of use out of a single charge, according to HP.

With up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage on offer, it has more than enough power and space to satisfy any business user who needs an ultraportable laptop that still has the specification to carry out a plethora of productivity tasks.

With a touchscreen and the ability to fold the display until it is flush with the keyboard part of the laptop, the Spectre x360 15 can be used as a large tablet, which is handy as it sports Windows Ink, Microsoft’s note taking and drawing software.

For those who want to use the laptop during downtime hours, new speakers designed by audio specialists Bang and Olufsen are on offer, and HP promises they deliver better audio that the device’s older sibling.

Two models of the Spectre x360 15 will be made available for Europe, with process starting at €1,599 (£1, 359.11).

Lenovo joins the laptop race

Not one to be left behind by the clutch of updated laptops and hybrid devices being released by HP, alongside Dell with its overhauled XPS 13, Lenovo has also revealed an updated version of its Thinkpad X1 laptop.

The fifth generation Thinkpad X1 Carbon now comes in a new sliver clour scheme as well as black and sport a Thunderbolt 3 port, an infrared camera and fingerprint scanner for use with Windows Hello biometric security found in the latest version of Windows 10. Battery life for the laptop has also been improved to deliver 14.5 hours of use on a single charge, according to Lenovo.

The Thinkpad X1 Yoga also received a few nips and tucks in the form od an 14 inch OLED display, a new keyboard design that allows it to be folded completely flat when used in its tablet mode, and the addition of Intel Iris graphics. Both laptops will be available from February with the Carbon starting at $1,349 (£1,100) and the Yoga at $1,499 (£1,183).

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Roland Moore-Colyer

As News Editor of Silicon UK, Roland keeps a keen eye on the daily tech news coverage for the site, while also focusing on stories around cyber security, public sector IT, innovation, AI, and gadgets.

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