New HP Spectre x360 16 ditches Nvidia, embraces Intel Arc

The rollout of Intel’s highly anticipated discrete GPUs has been slow and confusing. But today they just took a big win with the announcement that HP’s most premium laptop, the Specter x360 16, will be sold with Intel’s Arc instead of Nvidia’s RTX graphics.

The new Specter x360 16 comes with an onboard Arc A370M option, in addition to an option for Iris Xe graphics for the $1,650 base configuration. The Arc A370M comes with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR6 memory. That’s in addition to the 16GB or 32GB RAM onboard the device, as well as the up to 2TB NVMe solid-state drive on the device.

The Arc configuration also comes with the latest Intel Core i7-12700H, while the base configuration is limited to a lower-power 25-watt Core i5-1260P.

HP had no specifications or benchmarks and performance claims about the new Intel GPU available to us at the time of writing, but early testing of the mobile GPU at MSI’s Summit E16 showed it could rival Nvidia’s own dedicated RTX 3050 in performance. graphics, which was found on last year’s model. This is especially true in 3DMark Time Spy, a demanding generic graphics test.

“Today’s hybrid world requires a new perspective on what to create with, which is why HP is launching a diverse set of devices in its Specter and Envy portfolios to enable creation without limits,” said Josephine Tan, Global Head, Consumer Personal Systems , HP Inc.

Overall, the new model should look and feel like last year’s Specter x360 16, with no major differences in connectivity, display (there’s still an OLED option) or ports. It’s the under the hood changes that matter the most, as well as the new software like HP Palette. It’s a digital workspace that can easily help creative workflows and provide cross-device collaboration with apps like PhotoMatch, HP QuickDrop, Duet, and Concepts.

Like last year’s model, there’s also the HP True Vision 5MP IR camera with camera shutter, transient noise reduction, and integrated dual-array digital microphones.

Note that the HP Envy 16, also launching today and starting at $1,400, comes with options for the same Intel Arc graphics card, although you can choose to configure that device with the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 if you’d like.

You can buy the new HP Specter x360 16-inch at HP.com. The device will also be available on BestBuy.com and select Best Buy retail locations.

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