AMD announced its new Ryzen Mobile APUs today, kicking off what’s arguably its most important refresh of 2017. Over the past decade, laptops have accounted for a steadily growing percentage of the total PC market. At the same time, however, AMD was forced to fight a defensive rear-guard action with a CPU design that was fundamentally unsuited to high-efficiency, low-power operation. As of today, that’s (hopefully) changing.
Like Intel, AMD is taking a staggered approach to its rollout and launching just two new mobile parts: Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U. Both new cores are 15W parts; a summary of the two chips and comparison to their closest Intel counterparts is shown below:
HP has already detailed one model, and it's not that bad, though given the power inefficiency of Vega, I wonder what battery life will be like?
HP Envy x360
We reached out to HP and were able to obtain the full specifications of the Envy x360, which can be equipped with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U. The memory and storage options remain the same, with up to 8GB (2 x 4GB) of DDR4-2400 and up to a 512GB SSD or 1TB HDD. The 15.6” 1920 x 1080 IPS display is also a touchscreen, and you can get online using 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
The Envy x360 sports two USB 3.0 ports, in addition to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port with 5 Gb/s data transfer speeds and DisplayPort 1.2 connectivity. You can also connect an external display with an HDMI port. The device is powered by a 65W AC adapter and a 3-cell 55.8 WH lithium-ion prismatic battery, and it weighs in at 4.75 lbs.
HP indicated that the new Envy x360 will debut in November, starting at $699.
HP Envy x360
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Up to 8GB (2x4GB) DDR4-2400
AMD Radeon Vega Graphics (8 CUs)
15.6” 1920 x 1080 IPS Touchscreen
- USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen 1)
- USB 3.1 Type-A x2
- Card Reader
- USB 3.1 Type-C (DisplayPort 1.2)
3-cell 55.8 WH Lithium-Ion
9.8 x 14.16 x 0.77”