HP Envy x360 refresh with new AMD Ryzen mobile chips, to start at $699

Keeping with the latest chipsets around, HP is adapting to the rising popularity of the AMD Ryzen and embracing its new mobile platform in the form of a refresh, featuring AMD’s latest mobile chipsets. The HP Envy x360 will be the first of the company’s devices to feature the chipsets, offering the same build and stature of the Envy laptops, along with the power and efficiency of Ryzen. As usual, the laptop can be used in tent mode, laptop mode, as well as tablet mode. It will feature the new Ryzen 2500U chip that comes with for physical cores and eight threads for performance.

The cores are clocked at a base frequency of 2.0GHz and a maximum frequency of 3.6GHz. As far as the GPU is concerned, the Radeon Vega 8 with its eight Vega compute units will offer 1100MHz of boosted clock speed. Taking into consideration the benchmark scores of the new Vega GPU, it is capable of overtaking the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX. These specs cover the power of the laptop.

As for the laptop itself, it features a 15.6-inch IPS display with a 1080p resolution, offering edge to edge glass design with minimal bezels. The RAM offering is topped at 8GB, while storage configurations come on either the 512GB or 1TB SSD and traditional hard drive variants respectively. An IR webcam is also on board, making it compatible with Windows Hello biometrics. On the connectivity side of things, the laptop comes with 1x USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, 2x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, and a headset jack along with Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.2, a full-size keyboard with a number pad, Bang & Olufsen audio, 55.8 Wh battery, and a stylus for Windows Ink.

As mentioned in AnandTech, the laptop also features a full sized backlit keyboard, number pad included and is capable of running on two UHD displays simultaneously. The laptop’s pricing will start at a competitive $699 and will go on sale in November. The package seems convincing enough to take on the competition in the similarly priced premium segment and will make for a welcome addition to all kinds of creatives alike. Intel now has something to worry about in the mobile segment as well.