As announced at CES 2018, Intel and AMD have unveiled the result of their partnership which sees the former’s Core i processors coupled with the latter’s Radeon RX Vega GPUs. This is in contrast to last year’s combination of Intel chips and Nvidia graphics. To bring the new duo to the market, HP will be including them in this year’s version of the Spectre x360 15.
Specifically, the new 8th-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processors will ship with AMD Radeon RX Vegam M GPUs with 4GB of HMB2 VRAM. Intel says with this new graphics engine, it’ll save space within laptops for more components and even increase battery life. The company also says gaming with the new chips should be twice or thrice as fast a two- or three-year-old gaming laptop. The way graphics are handled on the new GPU has yet to be determined when its coupled with an Intel processor, but real-world testing should commence soon.
As for the Spectre x360 15, it’s nearly identical to last year’s model but with new processors and an added number pad off to the right of the keyboard. Other than that, there’s not much else new. It’ll start at $1,369.99 and will ship beginning this March.