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Meet HP’s new ‘Tiger Lake’ PCs

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by Peter Krass on 10/05/2020
Blog Category: devices

HP is diving into Tiger Lake. The company just introduced a convertible PC powered by Intel’s new 11th gen Core processors, codenamed Tiger Lake. HP also upgraded 3 of its older devices with the new Intel CPU.

When Intel introduced the Tiger Lake processors last month, it said that OEM partners had already incorporated the new CPUs into more than 150 designs. So far, we’ve seen 11th gen-powered PCs announced by Lenovo, Acer, ASUS and Dynabook. Now here comes HP.

The company’s new device is the HP Spectre x360 14.

HP says this convertible device combines the “viewability” of a 15-inch PC with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor. The device’s 14-inch diagonal screen is the first on a Spectre x360 device with a 3:2 aspect display. HP says that gives it about 20% more vertical viewing space than a conventional 16:9 display.

HP Spectre x360 14

HP Spectre x360 14: Tiger Lake inside

The device also offers an optional 32K OLED display. It provides higher contrast and brighter colors, while also reducing potentially harmful blue light.

This new Windows 10 device from HP also offers some smart, adaptive features. These include Smart Sense, which automatically adjusts settings for improved performance, acoustics and temperature. There’s also AI-based noise removal, designed for better Zoom, Meet and Teams calls. Another new feature, Auto Color, automatically switches the display to optimal colors based on the content being viewed.

Under the hood, there’s the aforementioned 11th Gen Intel Core processor, built-in Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and a battery that can run without a charge for up to 17 hours.

HP says this is also the first Spectre with an all-in-one keyboard. It includes the power button, camera shutter button, mic mute, and fingerprint reader.

The HP Spectre x360 14 will be available later this month from HP.com, and next month from Best Buy. Retail prices will start at about $1,200.

Tiger Lake upgrades

Also, HP is upgraded 3 of its older devices with the new 11th gen Intel Core processors:

> Spectre x360 13: HP says the new CPU gives it a 35% performance improvement over the older, pre-Tiger Lake version. It’s available now from HP, with retail prices starting at about $1,200.

> ENVY x360 13: Designed for creators working at home. It’s available now from Best Buy, and next month from HP. Retail prices start at $950.

> ENVY 13: Battery life now extended to 13 hours. Available later this month from HP, with retail prices starting at $900.

Also, sort-of-new is the HP Spectre x360 13 with 5G. As the name indicates, what’s new here is 5G, delivering up to 4x faster download speeds and up to 2.8x times better coverage with HP Dynamic Range. But hold your horses. Shipments won’t begin until early next year, and retail prices haven’t been announced yet.

 

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