HP is updating its popular Specter x360 convertible laptop today. Both the 13-inch and 15-inch versions get a new "jewel-cut" design that looks and feels more compelling. The new design also includes a USB-C port on the edge of the Specter x360 to improve cable management. As expected, HP is equipped with the latest 8G quad-core processors from Intel on the 13-inch Specter x360 and a 6-core option for larger 15-inch models.
The new 13-inch Specter x360 claims "the world's longest battery life in quad-core convertibles." HP promises 22.5 hours of battery life. You have to test it thoroughly, but even if you manage half of your battery life, your battery life is solid. Inside, it has up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of SSD storage (NVMe M.2), and optional LTE support through Intel's eSIM design.
The 13.3-inch display is similar to last year's model, but slightly shrunk in all directions of the bezel. There is still a pretty big chin and top bezel. You can choose from an FHD panel or a 4K display, and your choice will depend on whether you really need 22.5 hours of battery life from a 4K screen to a 1080p display or if your battery life is shortened. HP has built in webcam kill switch on the side of the latest Specter x360 model. When you are not using your webcam, it will turn off electrically if you do not want to use your webcam for privacy reasons. As with previous models, the display goes to the tablet more or media mode to view video content.
The 15-inch model is designed for photographers, developers, illustrators and people who need better CPU and GPU performance. HP excluded NVIDIA's Vega M discrete graphics here. In other words, if you are interested in a 15-inch model, you can make a decision. Choose from the latest 8G Gen 4 Quad Core processors with Nvidia GeForce MX 150 or Intel 8th Gen 6-core processors with GTX 1050Ti (Max Q). The GTX 1050Ti is far more capable of games and video processing, and HP has added a larger dual fan and radiator to help improve performance and cooling. The 15-inch model has up to 16GB of RAM and up to 512GB of SSD storage.
All of the HP Specter x360 13 and 15 will be available in November. The 13-inch model is priced at $ 1,149 and the 15-inch version is priced at $ 1,389. Both devices are available from HP online or from the US Best Buy store.