Building on the momentum that its Ryzen processors have managed to attain over the past few months, AMD has announced the launch of its first ever Ryzen processors for laptops. HP’s Envy x360 15 is one of the first machines to benefit from the platform and is a convertible on top of that.
It comes with a 15.6” IPS display with FHD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution. Being a convertible, it is naturally touch-enabled with complete support for Windows Ink. The display is also near edge-to-edge, with a backlit keyboard sitting below it.
The hinge can turn all the way on its back, supporting laptop, tablet, tent and stand modes. It tips the scales in at 4.75 pounds. Above the display sits an IR camera with support for Windows Hello.
Hardware and Storage
Under the hood, you get the new Ryzen 5 2500U processor, with its four cores clocked at 2 GHz (turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz). It is accompanied with 8 GB DDR4 dual-channel RAM and storage options involving either 512 GB SSD or 1 TB HDD.
Graphics needs are handled by the AMD Vega 8 Graphics, with their 8 RX Vega compute units and a turbo clock of up to 1100 MHz. The graphics are said to be much faster than the competing Intel HD Graphics alternatives.
Connectivity And Price
For connections, you get USB-C 3.1 port (with DisplayPort 1.2 and charging), 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, and audio jack. For wireless, you get Wi-Fi ac, alongside Bluetooth 4.2. The battery capacity is set at 55.8 WH.
The Envy x360 15 starts at a moderate range of $699. This puts this convertible at just the right price/performance ratio to compete with entry-level gaming notebooks or ultrabooks. It will be available in November.