HP’s Envy x360 15 just has to upstage the Envy x360 13, by offering Intel Core processors as well as the AMD Ryzen mobile chips that are the sole choice for its smaller sibling. Announced Monday and expected to be available later in May, the 360-degree convertible Envy 360 15 will have a starting price of $750 for its AMD versions and $870 for its Intel versions.
HP Envy x360 15 specs and features
The Envy x360 15 has room in its larger chassis to offer more options all around. Here are the basic specs:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U or Ryzen 7 2700U; Intel Core i5-8250U or Core i7-8550U
Memory: Up to 12GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) IPS WLED backlit touchscreen. HP shaved a bit off the side bezels for more viewable space. There’s also an optional 4K panel available with a brightness up to 650 nits.
Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8 or Radeon RX Vega 10; and for the Intel chips, Intel’s integrated UHD Graphics 620 or Nvidia’s GeForce MX150
Storage: Up to 256GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, or HDD or dual-storage Intel Optane
Connectivity: One USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps) Type C, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, HDMI 2.0, audio jack. Also, a side fingerprint reader.
Wireless: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2×2) and Bluetooth 4.2 (MU-MIMO) for the AMD chips; 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (1×1) and Bluetooth 4.2 Combo for the Intel chips
Dimensions: 14.013 x 9.68 x 0.74 inches
Weight: 4.49 pounds (without the adapter)
Battery life: HP estimates up to 12 hours and 45 minutes with mixed use; about 12 hours and 30 minutes of video playback; and up to 8 hours of wireless streaming. Your mileage will vary, especially if you get the 4K super-bright panel.
One other notable feature of the Envy x360 15: a special decorative etching along the back hinge that HP calls “Damascus,” after the high-end blades that sport this texture. It’s a little something that sets it apart from all the other metal-encased laptops, and it looks really cool.
Why this matters: Choice is usually a win for consumers. The opportunity to get a versatile midrange laptop with a true variety of processors is welcome—especially because the AMD versions of the laptop promise similar performance for a little less money.
Melissa Riofrio spent her formative journalistic years reviewing some of the biggest iron at PCWorld--desktops, laptops, storage, printers--and she continued to focus on hardware testing during stints at Computer Currents and CNET. Currently, in addition to leading PCWorld’s content direction, she covers productivity laptops and Chromebooks.