HP Spectre x360 and Spectre 13 sneak in with eighth-gen Core CPUs

Intel's eighth-generation Core desktop processors have been all the rage over the last couple weeks, but laptop makers have new wares containing not-quite-as-novel eight-generation mobile CPUs. HP is the company making announcements today, and the portables du jour are the primo Spectre x360 convertible and the Spectre 13 laptop. Both machines are available with 4K displays and Intel Core i7-8550U four-core, eight-thread processors that boost up to a ludicrous-for-a-laptop 4.0 GHz.

The Spectre x360 has an all-aluminum body surrounding a 15.6" touchscreen display. The hinge responsible for the 2-in-1 functionality is made of steel for durability. HP says the six-cell 79.2-Wh battery is good for 13 hours of regular usage, or 11.5 hours of video playback. The eight million pixels get marching orders from an Nvidia GeForce MX150 card with 2 GB of its own memory. Buyers can spec out machines with 8 GB, 12 GB, or 16 GB of 2400 MT/s DDR4 memory and M.2 NVMe storage in capacities ranging from 256 GB all the way up to 1 TB.

The machine has all the goodies one expects from a premium convertible machine, like a Windows Hello-compatible camera, a backlit keyboard, Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and a multi-touch trackpad. The port selection is highlighted by a Thunderbolt 3 connector and includes USB 3.0 Type-A and Type-C ports. The machine measures 14" wide, 9.9" deep, and 0.7" thick (36 cm x 25 cm x 1.8 cm) and weighs 4.4 lbs (2 kg).

The Spectre 13 is not as flexible as the x360, but it's arguably more stylish with a choice of "Ceramic White and Pale Gold" or "Dark Ash Silver and Copper Luxe" finishes setting off the nearly-borderless 13.3" display topped by Corning Gorilla Glass and available with 4K resolution. HP says the 0.41" thick (10 mm) machine is the thinnest touchscreen laptop on the market.

According to Digital Trends, the Spectre 13 can be optioned out with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 1 TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage. Discrete graphics cards didn't make the cut into the thin chassis, so the 4K display has to make do with the Intel UHD 620 graphics processor. The 60-Wh battery is said to be good for 11.5 hours of use and can be restored from empty to half-capacity in 30 minutes. The I/O section is a bit more full-featured than that of the x360, with two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one USB 3.0 Type-A connector, and an SD card reader. The machine measures 12.1" wide and 8.9" deep (31 cm x 23 cm) and weighs a scant 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg).

A sample Spectre 13 with a Core i7-8550U processor, a Nvidia GeForce MX 150 graphics card powering a 4K display, 8 GB of memory, and 256 GB of storage rings in at $1300. Lesser versions of the Spectre 13 with a 1920×1080 display will start at $1150. HP offers one-year warranty on either machine. Hot Hardware says that the updated Spectre x360 and Spectre 13 are expected to start shipping on October 29.

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    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    Have there been extensive tests of these 15/25 watt 8th gen quads yet? A quad in a 13″ is very appealing, especially with TB3 eGPUs, but I wonder how much per core performance you give up under load for that.

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      I’m interested in this as well. I’d posit that sustained clockspeeds under load will be significantly lower, but the question as to how much lower remains, and that will determine relative performance.

      Assuming that the power draw and heat output ceilings remain the same, of course!

      • jodiuh
      • 2 years ago

      These first coffe lake chips have the gimped 620 GPU, right?

    • cygnus1
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<] the Spectre 13 can be optioned out with up to 16 GB of LPDDR3 memory and 1 TB of M.2 NVMe SSD storage. Discrete graphics cards didn't make the cut into the thin chassis [/quote<] [quote<] A sample Spectre 13 with a Core i7-8550U processor, a Nvidia GeForce MX 150 graphics card [/quote<] Say wha?

      • ET3D
      • 2 years ago

      Should have been “A sample Spectre x360…” (the link is to the x360).

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 2 years ago

    Did the Spectre x360 ever get the OLED display they were talking about?

    • tsk
    • 2 years ago

    I’m in the market for a ultrabook currently, but I require it to be fanless. I wonder if Intel will make their target of shipping Cannon lake 5W chips in Q4.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Truth be told, contemporary high-end ultrabooks are mostly fanless in practice. The fans only spin up under heavy load, and they tend to be mostly unobtrustive.

        • smilingcrow
        • 2 years ago

        The reviews on notebookcheck.net suggest otherwise.
        They may be relatively quiet but for people who are looking for fanless as in SILENT the difference is very noticeable.
        It’s not difficult to stress a laptop CPU just with seemingly light multi-tasking these days with multi-tabbed browsers etc.
        The bigger issue with noiseless laptops is coil whine from experience.
        Your definition of unobtrusive can be a very long way away from silent for those that are looking for that.

    • rnalsation
    • 2 years ago

    The Nvidia GeForce MX150 is no GeForce 940M.

      • Sargent Duck
      • 2 years ago

      If only I had money…Then again, I probably end up buying a Gigabyte Aero 15…

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Yeah, only has 60% the shaders of the 940M, so they shoulda called it a Geforce 564M instead. :p

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      Are the warehouses of 940M parts finally running out?!

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