What you need to know
- HP announced a refreshed Spectre x360 13 today.
- The updated premium consumer laptop adopts Intel's 11th Gen processors and will get a 5G option in 2021.
- The new Spectre x360 13 is expected to go on sale later in October starting at $1,200.
HP took the wraps off of its fall 2020 premium lineup today, and topping its updates is a new version of the Spectre x360 13. One of HP's consumer flagships, the Spectre x360 13 has gained some extra power thanks to the latest Intel 11th Gen processors and Iris Xe integrated graphics. In 2021, it will get an additional connectivity boost with a 5G model.
The HP Spectre line has been riding a pretty steady all-metal design with a stylish two-tone finish and prominent corners for a while now, and the new Spectre x360 13 carries that forward. The biggest addition is that of the 11th Gen Intel Core processors, which HP claims provide a performance increase of around 35 percent over the previous models with 10th Gen Intel processors. Intel's new Iris Xe graphics also mean you're getting a substantial boost to graphics power, despite the fact that they're still integrated graphics instead of a discrete chip.
|HP Spectre x360 13 (2020)
|Windows 10 Home
Up to 4K OLED
|Intel 11th Gen CPUs
Up to i7-1165G7
Intel Evo platform
|Intel Iris Xe Graphics
|Up to 16GB LPDDR4x-3733
|Up to 2 Intel PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
32GB Intel Optane memory
|HP True Vision 720p HD IR camera
Webcam kill switch
|Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
5G option (coming in 2021)
|2x Thunderbolt 4 w/ USB4 Type-C
1x SuperSpeed USB Type-A
1x headphone/microphone combo
|Audio by Bang & Olufsen w/ dual speakers
|Up to 10 hours (mixed usage)
Up to 12 hours (video playback)
Up to 10 hours (wireless streaming)
|12.08 in x 7.66 in x 0.67 in
Perhaps the more exciting addition is a 5G model. While you won't be able to get your hands on the 5G version at launch, HP says that it expects to offer it starting in early 2021. Once it arrives, you'll be able to stay connected to the internet with 5G and LTE speeds while on the go.
Note that the 5G connectivity is of the sub-6 variety. While mmWave can provide much greater speeds, it isn't as widespread as sub-6 5G at the moment. In other words, the Spectre x360 13 is set up to connect to the 5G networks you're most likely to encounter as of right now.
Beyond the move to Intel's 11th Gen chips, you're getting a pretty standard generation-on-generation upgrade here. You can expect Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, along with a fingerprint reader, IR camera, and HP's integrated kill switch for the webcam.
The HP Spectre x360 13 is expected to go on sale from HP's website starting this month at a starting price of $1,200. It's also expected to go on sale at Best Buy in the U.S. starting in November. There's no pricing available for the forthcoming 5G model yet.
The HP Spectre x360 13 is an impressive upgrade over last year's model, adding much more graphical and processing power while keeping the tried and true premium design. A 5G model will give buyers even more ways to stay connected in 2021.
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