HP is updating its lineup of premium laptops, including the Spectre x360 and the Envy 13. The company has put both devices under cosmetic refreshes while extending their battery life. Not to be left behind, the HP Envy all-in-one 27 will also get an updated design and Intel's latest processors. The trifecta is HP's more high-end offering that has powerful specs and sophisticated design.
HP Spectre x360
The update carries the namesake but is in fact much more powerful and sleek. HP was able to design the updated Spectre x360 to be much more thinner and more slender.
The folding hinge stays in the updated Spectre x360 but now sports a 13.3-inch 1080p edge-to-edge display, allowing for a much narrower design than the previous iteration. HP claims 15 hours of total battery life for the Spectre x360 between charges, a 25 percent bump from the previous one. There are two configurations: either a seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or Core i7 with up to 16 GB of RAM and an internal storage of 1 TB SSD.
It's available now for $1,159. Expect to shell out more for the Core i7 option. The most affordable configuration will set you back $1,049. You get a Core i5 processor with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD.
HP Envy 13
The HP Envy 13 doesn't get an edge-to-edge display, but HP packed it with a host of updates under the hood.
HP loaded the Envy 13 with the same battery inside the Spectre x360, which HP claims can last up to 14 hours. In comparison, the previous model only offered a maximum 10-hour battery life, a far cry from 14 hours in this one, that is, if HP delivers.
The updated HP Envy 13 will offer either a 1080p display or a 2,560 x 1,440 panel, an option absent in the Spectre x360. It will feature front-firing speakers for improved audio quality in real-world situations.
Like the Spectre x360, the Envy 13 will also get seventh-generation Intel processors. It will come with up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of SSD. A smaller 128 GB SSD is also available as a less expensive option.
The most basic model will start at $849. You get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD and a 1080p display. Pricing for other configurations are still unavailable. It will show up on HP's online store starting Oct. 26.
HP Envy All-In-One 27
Along with the redesign, HP has shifted the hardware powering the Envy all-in-one 27 from behind the screen to the base, allowing for a much thinner display that comes with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.
Since Intel hasn't released seventh-generation Desktop processors yet, the Envy all-in-one will be loaded with Intel Core i7-6700T. It will come with 16 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1TB HDD and Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M graphics with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory.
The Envy all-in-one 27 will come with four USB 3.0 ports, one USB 3.1 Type-C port and an HDMI port. It will be available starting Oct. 16 for $1,599.
A cheaper configuration will retail for $1,249 starting Nov. 2. You get an Intel Core i5 processor, no SSD and Nvidia graphics chip. A more expensive model will also be available for $1,699, which doubles the SSD to 256 GB and the HDD to 2 TB.