HP designed its 15-inch Spectre x360 notebook line with performance in mind, and the new HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) leaps ahead with optional six-core Intel “Coffee Lake H” processors inside, plus some design tweaks on the outside, too.

HP’s Spectre x360 15 (2018) is the larger-scale relative of the the HP Spectre x360 13 (2018), with enough extra space to add a numeric keypad to the right of the keyboard. This generation debuts a chassis with faceted corners that house a USB-C port and the power button, plus a new webcam “kill switch.” It lacks the LTE support and whopping 22.5 hours of battery life of the smaller Spectre x360 13, but its “mere” 17.5 hours of battery life is still plenty.

With the Spectre x360 15, HP is still providing quad-core 8th-gen Core parts, coupled with Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics. A high-end version of the Spectre x360 15 will be available with six-core Coffee Lake-H chips, plus an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU, with a starting price of $1,600. Remember the Radeon Vega M GPU used in the HP Spectre x360 15, an Editor’s Choice award-winner for 2017? Gone. All told, HP’s promising 20-percent-plus performance boost over the Spectre x360 15 (2017).

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As a convertible notebook, the HP Spectre x350 15 can flip back into tent mode.

HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) prices, features and specs

We don’t have a full spec sheet, but here’s what we know, courtesy of HP:

  • Display: 15.6-inch (3840×2160) WLED ultra-wide viewing angle or 15.6-inch (1920×1080) HP SureView ; protected with Gorilla Glass NBT
  • CPU: Quad-core 1.8GHz Core i7-8565U (“Whiskey Lake”); six-core 2.2GHz Core i7-8750H 
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB; GeForce GTX 1050Ti Max-Q
  • Memory: 16GB, DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Ports: 1 USB-A, 2 USB-C (Thunderbolt, fast charging), HDMI, microSD, mic/headphones
  • Wireless: Dual eSIM LTE support, gigabit WiFi (Wireless-AC 9560 2×2), fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5
  • Camera: Front-facing IR Wide Vision FHD camera (Windows Hello)
  • Security: IR camera, fingerprint reader
  • Battery: 84Wh
  • Chassis: CNC-machined aluminum in either “Dark Ash Silver/Copper Luxe Accents” or “Poseidon Blue/Pale Brass Accents”
  • Dimensions: 14.22 x 9.84 x 0.76 inches (19.35 mm), 4.8 pounds—slightly thicker and heavier than the previous generation.
  • Optional accessories:HP Pen (included); HP Spectre Tilt rechargeable Pen; HP Spectre Rechargeable Mouse 700
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home
  • Price: Beginning at $1,390
  • Shipping: December

Hands on with the Spectre x360 15 (2018)

Editor’s note: Our hands-on was conducted at an HP event which showed off a new HP Spectre x360 13 as well, emphasizing battery life rather than performance.)

HP’s Spectre x360 15 packs in the features and adds up the pounds. According to HP, the Spectre x360 15 weighed 4.02 pounds in 2016. The Spectre x360 15 (2017) weighed about 4.65 pounds and measured 16mm thin. The new 2018-2019 model weighs 4.8 pounds, and is 19.35mm thin—definitely a noticeable weight gain when I picked it up, though the added thickness is negligible. It’s a nice, sturdy platform, though, and the backlit keyboard (with 1.5mm key travel) felt pleasant to type upon. The new color options are visually arresting.

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A  look at the left side of the HP Spectre x360 15. A microSD slot is tucked near the front of the laptop.

We had a chance to try out the new HP Spectre x360 15 (as well as its smaller sibling, the Spectre x360 13) at a recent HP showcase. Two new additions immediately stand out: the “faceted” corners, and the small privacy switch that disables the webcam. 

Both rear corners of the Spectre X360 15 are faceted, so that the “corner” is essentially a hexagon. HP placed the power button on the left-hand facet, and a Thunderbolt-enabled USB-C port on the right-hand facet. (A second USB-C port is on the left, and on the right, there’s a USB-A port.) 





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