The CPU/GPU enables this design.
In part, good battery life comes from using Intel’s 8th generation dual-Core i5-8200Y (1.3/3.9Ghz) or i7-8500Y(1.5/4.2Ghz) processors. The Amber-Lake Y series is a very low 5W Max TDP power ‘sipper’ with corresponding lower performance.
These enable passive cooling, e.g. no fan and we are yet to see any performance ratings under load to determine throttling. Other devices to use passive cooling include the Surface Go, Dell XPS 13 and MacBook Air.
Ironically the PassMark for the i5 is faster at 1704/4320 (single/dual core) versus the i7 at 1234/3590.
I can’t understand why the i7 has a lower PassMark except that it may be more heavily throttled to stay within the 5W TDP power envelope. Initial reports are that CPU is throttling is needed to maintain an internal temperature in the 55-65° range, so performance under load suffers.
Both use the Intel HD Graphics 615 GPU with an H.265 and Google’s V9 decoder. It will support dual external [email protected] screens, but you will need 16GB of RAM to support this. Gaming will be at lower frame rates, and the screen has a slow 50ms G-to-G.
RAM uses the older LPDDR3-1866Mhz (versus newer DDR4-2400Mhz), but that matches the CPU’s performance and power requirements.
Both have integrated USB-C 3.1 (Thunderbolt 3) and Wi-Fi AC, 2 x 2 and Bluetooth 4.2. There is a choice of LTE (Intel XMM 7560 LTE-Advanced Pro using an eSIM and a standard sim) and/or Wi-Fi models.
There is nothing wrong with these CPUs – they drive longer battery life. But those expecting or needing typical 8th generation Whiskey Lake U-series i5 or i7 performance will be disappointed and live with closer to 10 hours of battery life.
It is a 13.3”, 1920 x 1080, W-LED, IPS Gorilla Glass NBT covered touchscreen with smaller side bezels. It still has a larger top and bottom bezel. HP claim 400nits brightness. Independent tests show 98% sRGB and 62% Adobe RGB – fine for movies but not for professional video/still use.
Battery life is better by using an FHD screen. There is a 4K screen version coming, but that will sap more battery. If you want 4K, then go for the Spectre x360!
It looks like a premium screen that should provide enough brightness for outdoor use.
Currently, the units have a choice of 256/512GB and 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD. I understand that these are Samsung PM961 series and are at the top end of the performance scale, e.g. over 3000/1200MBps sequential read/write.
It has four B&O tuned speakers. I was unable to measure the volume or frequency response, but independent tests say it is a maximum of 70dB with little distortion is achievable. That is fine for personal use.
What I did glean from a quick listen is that there is no bass, balanced mids and highs giving it a Bright Vocal sound signature. It is a long way from the nirvana of warm and sweet for movies and music, but most use Bluetooth headphones for this, so this is not an issue.
Keyboard, trackpad, stylus
It is a two-level backlit, chiclet keyboard. The throw is 1.3mm, and it has slightly heavier actuation to compensate giving it a shallow but firm feel.