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HP installs Alder Lake and ARC chips in its Specter x360 in 13.5 and 16 inches


Nathan Le Gohlisse

Hardware Specialist

May 23, 2022 at 3:50 p.m.

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HP Specter x360 © © HP

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We were talking last week about theOmen 16 and Victus 15, HP’s gaming novelties, here we are this time facing the new HP Specter x360. Always placed on the top of the range of the Californian group, these new Specters come back with processors Intel Alder Lake to give us more power.

HP returns to the charge with two new Specter x360. The two convertibles are again available in 13.5 and 16-inch diagonals, but this year include 12th generation Intel processors… and even more. The 16-inch model can indeed count on a dedicated Intel ARC graphics chip.

Specter x360 13.5 inches: a classy convertible under Alder Lake

Let’s start with the 13.5-inch HP Specter x360. This ultraportable does not rely on finesse at all costs. We indeed go up to 1.7 cm thick for a little more than 1.3 kg, which will not allow it to compete with the Galaxy Book 2 Pro 360 from Samsung, for example, since the latter turns out to be thinner and lighter. That said, HP is still betting on low-power Intel Alder Lake-U processors, offering us the Core i5-1235U or the i7-1255U coupled with a maximum of 32 GB of LPDDR4x (at 4,266 MHz).

HP Specter x360 13.5"-3 © © HP

© HP

HP Specter x360 16"-1 © © HP
HP Specter x360 13.5
HP Specter x360 13.5"-1 © © HP
HP Specter x360 13.5

On the display side, there is a choice. The 13.5-inch x360 can be equipped with a Full HD + 100% sRGB IPS panel rising to 1,000 nits, or a Full HD + 100% sRGB IPS panel limited this time to 400 nits. Provided you pay the price, it will however be possible to switch to a 3K OLED panel, rising to 500 nits in HDR and capable of fully covering the DCI-P3 spectrum.

In terms of connectivity, there are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB Type-A port, a microSD card reader and a 3.5mm jack. The 13.5-inch HP Specter x360 finally relies on a 66 Wh battery allowing, according to HP, up to 15 hours of video playback (streaming).

The device has been available since May 19 in the United States, starting at $1,250.

Specter x360 16-inch: choosing an all-Intel configuration

With its 16-inch format, the “large model” HP Specter x360 offers a beefier and generally more versatile technical sheet. It is indeed equipped with a Core i5-1260P or even a big Core i7-12700H, coupled with a maximum of 32 GB of DDR4 at 3,200 MHz (note that HP does not opt ​​for DDR5 , which is a bit of a shame).

To this processor can finally be added a dedicated Intel ARC A370M graphics chip (with 4 GB of GDDR6) to offer good flexibility on the GPU level. Inevitably, the device gains on the other hand in thickness (2 cm) and in weight (2 kg).

HP Specter x360 16"-3 © © HP

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HP Specter x360 16"-2 © © HP
HP Specter x360 16"-1 © © HP
HP Specter x360 16"-4 © © HP

© HP

The 16-inch HP Specter x360 also benefits from three display options. Two 3K IPS LCD screens are available, but the most attractive option remains the 3,840 x 2,400 pixel 3K OLED panel, rising to 500 nits and covering 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut.

The connection is for its part focused on an HDMI 2.1 output, two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a USB Type-A port, a microSD card reader and a 3.5 mm jack. We regret here the absence of a full-size SD reader, which is more practical for photographers and videographers. On the battery side, finally, we go here to a capacity of 83 Wh with an estimated autonomy of 12.5 hours in video playback (streaming) according to HP.

The device has also been available since May 19 in the United States, this time starting at $1,650.

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Source: HP press releases



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