HP has a pair of new laptops at CES 2018 this year, although the word new is kind of a stretch. That’s because, like many other laptop companies at the show this year, what HP means by “new” is “updated versions of our models from last year”, because truly there is nothing new under the sun.
So, there’s a “new” version of the HP Spectre x360 15, which is one of the first laptops to offer Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors with Radeon RX Vega M GPUs that the company announced yesterday, and adds a full number pad to the right of the keyboard, but otherwise is pretty reminiscent of last year’s model. Prices for the updated computer will start at $1,369.99 when it ships on March 18th.
Oh, and remember the HP Envy x2? HP’s ARM-powered laptop with the promised 20 hours of battery life and LTE that the company announced in December? HP has an Intel version, too, with last year’s 7th generation Intel processors, optional LTE, and less battery life. The hinge is a little different too, with a focus more on using it with a keyboard on ones lap or a desk then for multimedia purposes. The Intel-based Envy x2 is set to release sometime in the spring, although pricing, exact release dates, and details regarding cellular carrier partners have yet to be announced.
On the software side of things, HP has its new Omen Game Stream software, which lets you stream games from your Omen gaming PC to a less powerful computer on your network, similar to Nvidia’s GameStream technology on the Shield.
And last but not least, HP has a new “Spectre Tote Bag”, made from full grain leather with a dedicated “tech pocket” designed to carry all your devices, and an optional battery pack that can charge multiple devices at once on the go. Spectre Tech Tote is set to cost $199.99 when it releases on March 1st.