HP Spectre x360 15 2019 First look: High contrast OLED high flying 2-in-1 Review

Pros

  • High build quality
  • Vibrant 4K OLED screen
  • Good selection of ports

Cons

  • Likely to be very expensive
  • GPU will be outclassed by 20 Series models

Key Specifications

  • Six core Intel Core i7 8750H processor
  • 8GB / 16GB RAM
  • Up to Nvidia GeForce 1050 Ti
  • Up to 1TB SSD
  • 15.6-inch 3840 x 2160-pixel OLED touchscreen
  • Milled aluminium body

HP Spectre x360 15: HP outed an OLED version of its Spectre x360 15 at CES 2019, giving its already elegant line of 2-in-1s an extra layer of gloss.

The 2019 HP Spectre x360 2-in-1 has the same internal specs as the company’s 2018 line-up, with one obvious exception – a 15.6-inch 4K OLED display. The option of taking one with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU means that the Spectre x360 15 ought to be excellent for photo work – high coverage of the Adobe RGB space has been promised, along with total coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut.

You’d be able to get some casual gaming done on the side, but with so many laptops packing Nvidia 2060, 2070 and 2080s due to hit the shelves this year, if gaming is your primary concern, you may want to look elsewhere.

HP Spectre x360 2019

The 2019 HP Spectre x360 continues the angular ‘gem cut’ style we’ve seen before – you can see the power key on the left hand corner here, before the 3.5mm audio jack and HDMI port.

HP Spectre x360 15 2019 price and release date

HP doesn’t yet have a release date for the OLED refresh of the 2018 HP Spectre x360, but as with the current line-up, I was told that versions with either an Nvidia MX150 GPU or Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti would be available. Storage options range from 256GB to 512GB, up to 1TB, and your RAM options are 8GB or 16GB. Every version will be run by an Intel Core i7 8750H (six cores, 2.2GHz boosting up to 4.1GHz).

Currently, an HP Spectre x360 with a 4K LCD display, a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti will set you back £1899, with the equivalent in the U.S. currently priced at $2049.99 on HP’s store.

We can therefore expect this version to cost more, as OLEDs aren’t typically cheap.

HP Spectre x360 2019

Over on the right hand side of the HP Spectre x360, there’s the Type-A USB 3.1 port next to two Type-C USB ports.

HP Spectre x360 15 2019 design and features

The same ‘gem cut’ aluminium styles seen on the 2018 line-up are all present and correct here, complete with a Type-C USB port tucked into the right hand 45 degree notched-off corner, and a power key sitting over on the opposite corner. 

The idea is that you’ll be able to keep your phone charged up without having the charging cable interfering with any other peripherals you’ll have connected to the HDMI or USB-C ports. 

Another nice addition is a physical control on the side that’ll disable the front facing camera, so the privacy-conscious out there won’t have to slap a square of sticky tape or Blu-Tac on the lens covering.

While the specs are generally the same, I wasn’t able to get any info on the OLED model’s battery life from HP spokespeople at CES. HP quotes ‘Up to 12 hours and 30 minutes’ battery time for the LCD versions on its site.  

HP Spectre x360 15 2019 specifications

HP Spectre x360 15 2019
Dimensions 19.3 x 361 x 250 mm
Weight 2.17kg
Display 15.6-inch 4K OLED
Processor Intel Core i7 8750H
Memory 8GB / 16GB
Storage 256GB / 512GB / 1TB
Graphics Nvidia MX150 / Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti
Connectivity Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5
Ports 2 x USB-C with Thunderbolt 3, 1 x USB-A (3.1 Gen 2), HDMI, microSD
HP Spectre x360 15 2019

Though I didn’t spend a great deal of time typing on the new HP Spectre x360 15, the keys felt sturdy and wobble-free, much like they do on the HP EliteBook 1050 G1.

HP Spectre x360 15 2019 first impressions

There’s no denying that the already nice-looking HP Spectre x360 15 with its angular milled metal body now looks even nicer thanks to that vibrant OLED panel blazing away at the centre. I’m curious to see how well the battery stands up and also how much it costs.

Despite looking very nice and on paper being more than powerful enough to do basic office work and photo editing, with a possible sideline in light gaming, there are already plenty of laptops which can offer this. I’ll wager, for a lot less too.

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