HP revealed its second-generation 15.6-inch Spectre x360 convertible notebook at CES. The new model boats improved battery life, graphics performance, and speakers over the outgoing model, in addition to numerous technology upgrades.
Spectre x360: One Big Convertible
The Spectre x360 15.6-inch is one of the largest convertible notebooks available on the market. HP says this second-generation model can get 12.75 hours on battery, up from 9.5 hours for the previous generation. The bump in battery life is undoubtedly helped by the upgrade to Intel’s “Kaby Lake” Core-series processors and this new model’s larger 79Wh battery. The latter serves as the probably explanation for the fact the Spectre x360 15.6-inch gained 0.4 pounds of weight since the last generation, now resting at 4.42 pounds. It’s slightly thicker as well, at 0.7 instead of 0.63 inches.
We found the first-generation Spectre x360 15.6-inch to be well-built, if bulky when used as a tablet. What the new Spectre x360 15.6-inch gains over the outgoing model, design-wise, is an attractive near-borderless display. The new model is only 14 inches wide, as opposed to 14.8 inches for the outgoing model.
The new model will have two color schemes, black or silver, both with copper-colored accents. The chassis is unibody aluminum.
Although the outgoing Spectre x360 15.6-inch offered FHD and 4K display resolutions, the new model offers 4K only. This is likely why HP has installed a larger battery, as it’s more demanding on the computer to run a higher-resolution display. This may also be why the new model includes dedicated Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics.
Other notable features of the new model include Thunderbolt 3 support in its USB Type-C port. (Take a look at our feature: USB Type-C: Do You Need It Now?). It also has front-facing speakers for a better audio experience, and a fast-charge feature, allowing you to charge the battery up to 90 percent in 90 minutes. Topping off the feature list is an IR webcam.
Something missing on the new model is a media card reader, which is sure to earn a spot on our cons list when we get a review unit. (Update: we’ve since found out the Spectre x360 15.6-inch indeed has a card reader – whew!)
The Spectre x360 15.6-inch should go head-to-head with Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1, which starts at $749.99. The Dell doesn’t offer a 4K display, though, or dedicated graphics. It’s also quite a bit heavier than the HP, at 5.84 pounds. Then again, it’s a lot less expensive.
HP Spectre x360 15-bl062nr Specifications
- Display: 15.6-inch 4K touch display (3,840×2,160 resolution)
- Operating System: Windows 10 Home
- Processor: Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core processor (2.7GHz, up to 3.5GHz Turbo Boost, 4MB cache)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 940MX w/ 2GB GDDR5 dedicated memory
- Memory: 16GB DDR4 (2x 8GB)
- Storage: 256GB M.2 PCI-Express SSD with NVMe support
- Wireless: 2×2 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth
- Dimensions: 14×9.88×0.70 inches
- Weight: 4.42 lbs.
- Warranty: 1-year limited
Pricing and Availability
The new HP Spectre x360 15.6-inch model is scheduled to become available in the United States in February 2017, with a starting price of $1,249.