Skip to main content

HP announces refreshed Spectre x2 2-in-1, Envy notebook lineup

Just ahead of Microsoft's own hardware event this week, HP has taken the wraps (opens in new tab) off of a refreshed version of its Surface Pro competitor, the Spectre x2. The new Spectre x2 has not only seen a spec bump over its predecessor, but it features some exterior tweaks that give it quite a boost as well.

On the inside, the new Spectre x2 packs some serious power with Intel's 7th-generation Core i5 and i7 processors, Intel Iris graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage. Fast charging is also included, with HP claiming 30 minutes to hit a 50 percent charge.

Perhaps even more interesting is the new screen on the refreshed model. The 12.3-inch display now sports a 3000x2000 resolution, which is a significant bump up from its predecessor's 1920x1080 affair. For those keeping track, that's also the same ratio as the Surface Pro 4, lending the Spectre x2 a closer match in a head-to-head comparison. Inking is also supported, of course, using HP's active pen.

The U-shaped kickstand makes a return, along with the magnetic full-sized detachable keyboard. A 13MP camera appears around back, while a 5MP camera with Windows Hello integration takes a spot up front.

The refreshed Spectre x2 will be available (opens in new tab) in June in dark ash silver (with a copper-colored kickstand) starting at $999.

In addition to the new Spectre x2, HP is also showing off a new lineup of Envy notebooks The Envy x360, Envy 13, and Envy 17 are all getting a boost.

The slim Envy 13 comes packed with Intel's latest Kaby Lake Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD storage. The 13-inch IPS display also sports slim bezels and a 1920x1080 resolution. As for battery life, HP is claiming up to around 14 hours with mixed usage, or around 12 hours of video playback. On the larger side of things, the refreshed Envy 17 can be equipped with Intel's Kaby Lake Core i7 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. There's also now NVIDIA's GeForce 940MX graphics by default. Windows Hello is here as well via the webcam, along with an integrated fingerprint sensor.

Finally, the new 15.6-inch (1080p) Envy x360 includes Intel Kaby Lake Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage. AMD versions are also available, utilizing the chip-maker's FX 9800 APU and Radeon R7 graphics. The convertible packs around 8 hours of battery life, and Windows Hello is also tagging along here.

The Envy x360 and Envy 13 will be available in June starting at $899 and $1,049, respectively. The Envy 17 is available now (opens in new tab) from HP starting at $999.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to

  • HP now has the nicest lineup. X360, X2, and Envy are all really nice.
  • HP is by far the best PC hardware maker. This blows the Surface Pro out of the water. Thunderbolt 3 being included is what makes this so great. Glad someone is showing Microsoft how to make a real detachable PC.
  • That's kind of the reason why they started making hardware in the first place...
  • Yea, it's kind of ironic that the roles have been reversed now. HP is doing a much better job than Panos Panay and his Surface team at this point in time.
  • After MS pointed them in the right direction :-)
  • i saw USB C, but didn't see anywhere that it was specced as Thunderbolt, where'd ya get your info?
  • I'm not sure I would call HP "the best PC hardware maker". I have had 3 HPs that have all had issues that made me lose confidence in them for future purchases.
    Granted, I haven't tried this latest batch of products - the build quality on some of these devices looks second to none. I just haven't had even a consistently average experience with them in the past.
  • The Spectre x2 looks really sharp.
  • I recently acquire a Spectre x360 KLi7 and I love it. Been learning about USB C and now I understand the hype. They are future proof! Great job HP now we see why things turned around and you became the 1st PC manufacturer in the world.
  • I regret not paying a little extra to get a Spectre.
  • Has anyone tried out the Spectre x2 and compared it to the Surface Pro 3/4? How does it compare?
  • I don't think anyone's actually tried it out as it's not available anywhere.
  • Looks like HP has also added an i7 with Iris graphics option (i7-7560U) to the Spectre x360 13t. Since the main thing that was missing from the 13" x360 for me was an option for graphics better than the HD620 I think I found my next portable computer. 
  • I'm cautious on ever getting an HP Laptop again. Got a nice custom built HP Envy 15 3200 back in the day. They provided driver support and updates for a whopping 6 months. Still showing the original ATI graphics drivers from launch on their site. Have mad to make do with modded drivers, such as Leshcat, and registry hacks to keep the laptop current. Its no slouch either. Built in quadcore i7, and 16GB of RAM, and swapped the HDD for an SSD.
  • These look nice, but will likely be a different story in hand. After going through five new Spectre x360's only for them to have various keyboard, trackpad, USB-C, battery and coil whine issues, using another HP laptop is going to be a tough sell for me.
  • I like the new gold envy 😀
  • Anyone wanting to get the 15" Envy should get the APU instead of Kaby Lake. Same or better multithreading performance and drastically better iGPU.
  • Anyone know if it will have precision touch pad?
  • Yet another Surface Pro-inspired im