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HP’s New Intel and AMD Convertibles are Very Different

HP Envy x360 15
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HP announced new AMD and Intel convertibles today, the first of which upgrades the company’s AMD convertibles to Ryzen 5000U chips and the latter of which comes with a new discrete graphics option and plenty of utility software. Granted, that discrete GPU isn’t gaming-tier. Also, if you want something a bit larger and just a touch more powerful, there’s also a new, Intel-based Envy 17 coming out with the same GPU options as HP’s new Intel convertibles, plus some of that new utility software (no word on an AMD Envy 17). These are HP's mid-range attempts to make our list of the best ultrabooks

HP Envy x360 15HP Envy 17
CPUUp to Intel Core i7-1165G7/Up to AMD Ryzen 7 5700UUp to Intel Core i7-1165G7
GPUUp to Nvidia MX450Up to Nvidia MX450
MemoryUp to 16GB DDR4Up to 32GB DDR4
StorageUp to 1TB M.2 SSDUp to 1TB M.2 SSD
DisplayUp to 4K OLEDUp to 4K
NetworkingWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5
Release DateMarch 22ndMarch 22nd
Starting Price$899 for Intel/$749 for AMD$999

That discrete GPU option coming to these new Intel devices would be the Nvidia MX450, which is meant mostly for light productivity and explains why much of the ad material for these machines is aimed at photographers, artists and other creators who might need a little more oomph for editing, but don’t exactly need to buy an RTX 3000 series card

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Unfortunately, as we stated before, that GPU isn’t available on the black HP Envy x360 15. Instead, AMD HP convertibles will have to settle with an upgrade to either an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU or an AMD Ryzen 7 5700U CPU with integrated Radeon graphics. That’s a generational upgrade over current AMD Envy x360 devices, which currently use Ryzen 4000U chips. It also has up to 16GB of DDR4-3200 MHz RAM and Up to 1TB of M.2 SSD storage. You can also add on a magnetic HP stylus to the device and choose display options ranging from a 1920 x 1080 IPS touchscreen to a 4K OLED display. 

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Intel’s also getting a new HP Envy x360 15 release with the silver edition of the same device, this time with a discrete graphics option. This upgrade stays on the same generation as current HP Intel convertibles with up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, but brings that Nvidia MX450 GPU option to the table. RAM, storage and display options mirror the AMD model, as does the ability to add on an HP pen.

HP hasn’t made it clear yet whether it plans to release silver AMD models or black Intel options. We also don’t know if the company will add additional color options over time.

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For Intel fans (sorry Team Red) who are looking for a more traditional laptop experience, there’s also the new HP Envy 17. This is a silver laptop with up to an Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU and a 17 inch inch touch-compatible display with options ranging from 1920 x 1080 IPS to 4K. RAM can be pushed up to 32GB and storage up to 1TB, and the Nvidia MX450 is also available as an add-on here. The HP pen isn’t available as a magnetic add-on here, but you will get Bang & Olufsen speakers and an optional fingerprint reader.

The HP Envy 17 and Intel version of the HP Envy x360 15 will also come with toggleable AI noise removal software that attempts to remove background noise like dogs barking or babies crying from your video calls. All devices mentioned here will also get post processing lighting software for adjusting how you appear in video calls, as well as “HP QuickDrop,” which allows for easily sharing files across your phone and your computer.

Unique to the Intel version of the HP Envy x360 15 is a toggleable thermal management option that attempts to leverage machine learning to automatically adjust performance, fan noise and temperature based on which apps you’re using and the airflow surrounding the device.

It’s hard to say which among AMD or Intel is more improved here. While Intel has more options, including discrete graphics, AMD is making a generational leap on the CPU.

Regardless of your pick, you can order certain configurations at Best Buy starting today, with the rest set to come to HP.com in April.

  • hotaru.hino
    As much as I could gather, curiously a majority of the laptops with AMD U-suffix APUs seem to lack the option for a discrete GPU of any kind. I did find the Zenbook 14 has/had an option for an NVIDIA GPU. Granted it is cheaper and less stuff to support to not have a discrete GPU, but it does beg the question why the option doesn't exist in the first place.

    On another note, the MX450 has a 64-bit memory interface, so not sure if it's really anything to be excited about.
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  • Umfriend
    Am I really the only one looking for a lappy with a Ryzen 9 5980HS without a dGPU, two memory slots, 3 M.2 SSD slots, both HDMI and DP and a 16:10 screen (e.g. 1920x1200)?
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  • w_o_t_q
    Limit ram to 16gb for the expensive laptop is nonsense especially if combine together with the oled screen.
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