The arrival of the 11th generation Intel Core processors has caused some assemblers not to miss the opportunity to renew their most representative series of notebook computers. And HP’s Specter family is one of those that has faced a deeper refresh. And it is that it has not only received the new chips; It has also opted to implement the technological solutions necessary to belong to Intel’s Evo platform .
The three convertible laptops that we’re going to dig into in this article all have cool features that go beyond their CPU. And, in addition, they incorporate high-resolution OLED screens , solid state drives that work side by side with Intel Optane secondary storage solutions, WiFi 6 connectivity and sound tuned by Bang & Olufsen that, on paper, does not paint anything. evil. Let’s take a look at them to find out what they offer us.
HP Specter x360 14, x360 13, and x360 13 (5G): Technical Specifications
Before we review the main characteristics of these convertibles it is worth a moment to stop at their design. And it is that HP seems to have taken pains to reduce the frames and stylize the case of these teams significantly, which in the three configurations barely exceeds 17 mm in thickness. In addition, in the rear right corner of the case resides a Thunderbolt 4 port that not only carries data with a high transfer speed ; it can also be used to charge the battery of the devices (this feature is not strictly new as it was already available on previous devices in the Specter family).
The membership of these laptops to the Intel Evo platform brings to the table several features that seek to make them more attractive. And is that to achieve this certification they have to have more than 9 hours of autonomy in a real use scenario, they must recover from the suspension in less than 1 s, they have to guarantee a minimum autonomy of 4 hours in no more than 30 minutes of charging, and finally, they must implement WiFi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
|HP SPECTER X360 14||HP SPECTER X360 13||HP SPECTER X360 13 (5G)|
|SCREEN||13.5-inch touch OLED with 3,000 x 2,000 dot resolution, 3: 2, 400 nits, 1,000,000: 1 and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space||13.3-inch touch OLED with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 400 nits, 100,000: 1 and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space||13.3-inch touch OLED with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution, 400 nits, 100,000: 1 and 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space|
|PROCESSOR||Intel Core i7-1165G7||Intel Core i5-1135G7||Intel Core i5-1135G7|
|MEMORY||16 GB LPDDR4x-3200||8 GB LPDDR4x-3733||8 GB LPDDR4x-3733|
|GRAPHICS||Intel Iris Xe||Intel Iris Xe||Intel Iris Xe|
|SECONDARY STORAGE||SSD 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2|
32 GB Intel Optane
|SSD 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2|
32 GB Intel Optane
|SSD 512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2|
32 GB Intel Optane
|CAMERA||HP True Vision 720p||HP True Vision 720p||HP True Vision 720p|
|WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY||WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5||WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5 and 5G|
|SOUND||4 speakers equalized by Bang & Olufsen||2 speakers equalized by Bang & Olufsen||2 speakers equalized by Bang & Olufsen|
|CONNECTIVITY||2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A 10 Gbps and 1 x audio / mic combo||2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A 5 Gbps and 1 x audio / mic combo||2 Thunderbolt 4, 1 x USB-A 5 Gbps and 1 x audio / mic combo|
|OPERATING SYSTEM||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home||Windows 10 Home|
|SECURITY||Fingerprint reader and camera cover||Fingerprint reader and camera cover||Fingerprint reader and camera cover|
|DRUMS||4 cells 66 Wh||4 cells 60 Wh||4 cells 60 Wh|
|DIMENSIONS||298 x 220 x 17 mm||306 x 194 x 17 mm||306 x 194 x 17 mm|
|WEIGHT||1.36 kg||1.27 kg||1.27 kg|
HP Specter x360 14: its 3: 2 OLED screen is a juicy asset
The specifications of this team reveal that it is an ambitious convertible. One of its most attractive components is its screen, which uses a 13.5-inch OLED touch panel with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 dots, 3: 2 aspect ratio, a brightness delivery capacity of 400 nits and a coverage 100% of the DCI-P3 color space. On paper it is not but that nothing bad. Its CPU is an Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor capable of operating at a maximum clock frequency of 4.7 GHz and equipped with Intel’s new Iris Xe graphics logic.
In addition, this Specter x360 14 bets on 16 GB LPDDR4x-3200 to solve the main memory, as well as a 1 TB solid state drive with NVMe M.2 interface and a 32 GB Intel Optane drive to implement secondary storage. Its sound is signed by Bang & Olufsen, a Danish company that has interesting hi-fi products, although almost always expensive, and offers us WiFi 6 connectivity and two Thunderbolt 4 ports. According to HP, the maximum autonomy of this equipment in a usage scenario Mixed is 10 hours and 30 minutes .
HP Specter x360 13: maintains the trump card of the OLED screen, but bets on the 16: 9 format
The second convertible laptop we’re about to explore shares many of the features of the Specter x360 14 we just looked into, but they differ in some important ways. One of them is the resolution and aspect ratio of your OLED screen. And it is that this Specter x360 13 bets on a panel with organic diodes with a 16: 9 aspect ratio and 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 points), and not on the 3: 2 panel of the Specter x360 14. Of course, both screens they cover 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and have a brightness delivery capacity of 400 nits.
The CPU of this equipment is a little more modest than that of the previous Specter due to the fact that it is not a Core i7; It is a Core i5-1135G7 capable of operating at a maximum clock frequency of 4.2 GHz that is equipped with an 8 Mbyte level 3 cache. To solve the main memory, it bets for 8 GB LPDDR4x-3733, and maintains the Iris Xe graphics from Intel. On the other hand, secondary storage is handled by a 512GB solid state drive with NVMe M.2 interface and a 32GB Intel Optane drive. And finally, it implements WiFi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity. The autonomy announced by HP for this team is close to 10 hours in a mixed use scenario.
HP Specter x360 13 (5G): this convertible stands out for its 5G connectivity
The latest convertible laptop that we’re going to dig into in this article is a version of the Specter X360 13 that we just explored equipped with 5G connectivity . In fact, this is the first HP laptop for the consumer market to implement this feature. All its other specifications are identical to those of the standard model, so it will be interesting to know what impact the presence of the 5G modem has on its price (unfortunately HP has confirmed that we will have to wait until early 2021 to be able to buy it and know its price) .
HP Specter x360 14, x360 13, and x360 13 (5G): price and availability
HP has confirmed that the Specter x360 13 and 14 will be available at the end of next November. Both have a starting price of 1,499 euros .