Hands on: HP Spectre x360 15 (2018) review

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That bold statement is backed by internals that leverage the chipmaker's newly announced 8th Gen G-series processors, which combine Intel's 8th Gen Core CPUs with AMD's Radeon RX Vega M graphics and HBM2 memory.

The unexpected-yet-welcome pairing of Intel processors and AMD GPUs into one package seems poised to revolutionize what consumers can expect from thin-and-light notebooks.

It's time for the biggest tech expo of the year in the form of CES, and Intel and AMD have already shown new processors for desktops, laptops and more.

It's also Intel's most impressive NUC yet, at least on paper. The units will be available starting this spring. These new Radeon-powered Intel processors then are only supposed to cause Nvidia some concern around the low-end of the mobile GPU stack.

Utilizing this new chip series is the updated Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) mini PC. Dell and HP for that matter will be the first to utilise these processors and bring 2-in-1 laptops with better power efficiency.

Another feature, referred to as "dynamic power sharing", will manage the power draw of the CPU and GPU.

7th generation Intel Core Y-Series processors and optimized thermal design boosts performance and is equipped with up to 256 GB PCIe SSD Storage to store presentations and multi-task with up to 8GB LPDDR3 memory. The GH processors will also have the unlocked versions for overclocking.

However, the Intel HD Graphics 630 logic is still a part of the processor die and will take over when a powerful GPU is not required. Intel claims the solution uses up to 80 percent less power than GDDR5 would, and again this is critical for the environments these chips will be used in.

The rejigged Spectre x360 15 was unveiled at CES 2018 and is one of the first to pack the new Intel AMD Vega chips that were also revealed at the show. Intel calls the EMIB the heart of the chip unit design, and the company says that it eliminates height impact and greatly reduces manufacturing and design complexities.

That has included the "Zen" architecture for x86 processers that are making their way into clients and data center systems as well as new GPU products. As such, the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition drivers are what you can expect to be using, but the Radeon Settings menu will have an exclusive blue colour scheme to denote that it's an Intel product. The GL line will see processor with a TDP of 65W, while the GH line will have a TDP of 100W.

Intel officials said more advances are coming this year to the 8 Gen Core lineup in such areas as high-end performance notebooks, the Core H-Series, Optane memory and the 8 Gen Core vPro platform for businesses.

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