HP has updated its 15" Envy laptop lineup, taking advantage of AMD's new Carrizo APUs and Intel's Broadwell CPUs. Two versions are available: the AMD-powered Envy 15z, and the touch-infused, Intel-powered Envy 15t.
The Envy 15z is built around one of AMD's A10-8700P Carrizo APUs, which is a quad-core chip that runs at up to 3.2GHz. It also features a 1366x768 screen, 6GB of RAM, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and 750GB of mechanical storage. Upgrade paths include a beefier FX-8800P APU, up to 8GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage.
The more upmarket Envy 15t packs a touchscreen display in its base config. This system features an Intel Core i7-5500U inside. This Broadwell chip is a dual-core, four-thread affair with a 2.4GHz base and 3.0GHz Turbo clock. Though Intel's IGP might lose out in a fight with the A10-8700P's Radeon graphics, one can spec the 15t with a discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 940M with 2GB of RAM, or a GTX 950M with 4GB of RAM. 15t buyers can also upgrade the 1366x768 stock screen to something better: 1080p and 4K panels are available.
Storage also gets a boost in the 15t—the base version comes with a 1TB HDD, but you can opt for a 256GB SSD, or a 1TB hard drive and 256GB SSD combo. Slightly disappointingly, the base wi-fi adapter is still only an 802.11n card, but an 802.11ac radio is an available (and worthy) upgrade.
These new laptops are available now, with the Envy 15z lineup starting at $549.99 and the Envy 15t at $899.99.
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