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AMD hitting Intel where it hurts: 2020 Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 13 vs. Intel Core i7 Spectre x360 13

AMD hitting Intel where it hurts: 2020 Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 13 vs. Intel Core i7 Spectre x360 13
AMD hitting Intel where it hurts: 2020 Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 13 vs. Intel Core i7 Spectre x360 13
The Ryzen 5 4600U-powered Envy costs hundreds of dollars less than the Core i7-1065G7 Spectre and yet it is able to run longer and faster while being just as thin and light. Maybe it's time for HP to add the same Ryzen options for its flagship Spectre series.
Allen Ngo, 🇪🇸

HP redesigned its Envy x360 13 convertible this year and it's a huge improvement over the 2019 model. Aside from being noticeably smaller, it also carries AMD's new 3rd generation 4000U series of processors which are significantly faster and more power efficient than the older 2nd generation 3000U series. All the new changes put the Envy x360 13 very close to the costlier Spectre x360 13 and, in some cases, it even surpassing the Spectre.

The Spectre family is supposed to be home to HP's higher-end and more luxurious laptops when compared to the mid-range and more affordable Envy family, but our comparison charts and tables below show how close the latest Envy systems are getting. Key characteristics like dimensions, weight, keyboard, and chassis skeleton are beginning to look a lot alike between them. Our Ryzen 5-powered Envy x360 13 is able to offer both faster CPU and GPU performance, less ghosting, and even longer battery life than the Core i7-1065G7 Spectre x360 13.

There are still a few advantages that the Spectre has over the Envy. Firstly, it has two USB-C ports compared to just one on the Envy, although the Envy has two USB-A ports in return. Thunderbolt 3 comes standard on the Spectre whereas it is optional on the Envy. Secondly, fan noise is noticeably quieter on the Spectre likely due to its two internal fans compared to one for the Envy. And lastly, the fingerprint reader on the Spectre is better positioned as the one of the Envy replaces a whole Ctrl key.

The most notable difference between the Envy and Spectre is price. Our Ryzen Envy example retails for about $900 USD compared to the Core i7 Spectre which launched for around $1400 USD. The benefits of the Spectre are growing smaller nowadays and they definitely don't reflect the huge price discrepancy.

See our individual reviews on the HP Spectre x360 13 and 2020 Envy X360 13 for a more thorough look of each system.

306.5 mm / 12.1 inch 194.6 mm / 7.66 inch 16.4 mm / 0.646 inch 1.3 kg2.78 lbs306 mm / 12 inch 194.5 mm / 7.66 inch 16.9 mm / 0.665 inch 1.2 kg2.74 lbs
Cinebench R20: CPU (Multi Core) | CPU (Single Core)
Cinebench R15: CPU Multi 64Bit | CPU Single 64Bit
Blender 2.79: BMW27 CPU
7-Zip 18.03: 7z b 4 -mmt1 | 7z b 4
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2: 64 Bit Single-Core Score | 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2: 4k Preset
LibreOffice : 20 Documents To PDF
R Benchmark 2.5: Overall mean
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core) - CPU (Multi Core)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
2095 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1655 Points ∼79% -21%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core) - CPU (Single Core)
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
424 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
377 Points ∼89% -11%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit - CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
835 (min: 768.42, max: 834.85) Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
643 Points ∼77% -23%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit - CPU Single 64Bit
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Core i7-1065G7
178 Points ∼100% +3%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
173 Points ∼97%
Blender 2.79 / BMW27 CPU - BMW27 CPU
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
605 Seconds * ∼100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1 - 7z b 4 -mmt1
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4281 MIPS ∼100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 - 7z b 4
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
23237 MIPS ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
1096 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 / 5.2 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
4469 Points ∼100%
HWBOT x265 Benchmark v2.2 / 4k Preset - 4k Preset
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
6.7 fps ∼100%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF - 20 Documents To PDF
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
61.8 s ∼100%
R Benchmark 2.5 / Overall mean - Overall mean
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
0.629 sec * ∼100%

* ... smaller is better

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
821 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
685 Points ∼83% -17%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
929 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
771 Points ∼83% -17%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2874 Points ∼100% +1%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
2854 Points ∼99%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
22109 Points ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
17712 Points ∼80% -20%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3767 Points ∼100% +13%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
3322 Points ∼88%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4512 Points ∼100% +2%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
AMD Radeon RX Vega 6 (Ryzen 4000), R5 4500U
4419 Points ∼98%
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4472 Points ∼35%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3684 Points ∼28% -18%
Productivity
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
7752 Points ∼74%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
7051 Points ∼68% -9%
Essentials
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
9664 Points ∼84% +6%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
9124 Points ∼80%
Score
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4884 Points ∼60%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
4522 Points ∼56% -7%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
5249 Points ∼80%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
5227 Points ∼79% 0%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
4127 Points ∼68%
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
3911 Points ∼64% -5%
HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
R5 4500U, Vega 6, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H), IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
-4%
Idle Minimum *
3.9
3.9
-0%
Idle Average *
5.8
6.3
-9%
Idle Maximum *
6
6.8
-13%
Load Average *
41.5
32.6
21%
Load Maximum *
50.4
59
-17%
Witcher 3 ultra *
25.6

* ... smaller is better

HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
Vega 6, R5 4500U, Toshiba KBG30ZMV256G
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Intel Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage 32GB + 512GB HBRPEKNX0202A(L/H)
Noise
7%
off / environment *
28
28.5
-2%
Idle Minimum *
28
28.5
-2%
Idle Average *
28
28.5
-2%
Idle Maximum *
28.5
28.5
-0%
Load Average *
41.1
28.5
31%
Load Maximum *
43.5
35.3
19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
35.3

* ... smaller is better

HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
AU Optronics AUO5E2D, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Response Times
-21%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
47.6 (24.8, 22.8)
60.8 (26, 34.8)
-28%
Response Time Black / White *
32.4 (16.4, 16)
36.8 (15.6, 21.2)
-14%
PWM Frequency
25000 (45)
Screen
-36%
Brightness middle
452.6
447.4
-1%
Brightness
438
420
-4%
Brightness Distribution
93
85
-9%
Black Level *
0.29
0.31
-7%
Contrast
1561
1443
-8%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.67
4.23
-58%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.11
9.34
-127%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.36
1.32
3%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.1
6.1
-190%
Gamma
2.01 109%
2.11 104%
CCT
6505 100%
6136 106%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.2
64.8
4%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.6
98.9
1%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-29% / -34%

* ... smaller is better

HP Envy x360 13-ay0010nr
R5 4500U, Vega 6, 51 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 60 Wh
Battery Runtime
13%
Reader / Idle
1916
2223
16%
WiFi v1.3
708
594
-16%
Load
116
160
38%
2020 HP Envy x360 13 ports
2020 HP Envy x360 13 ports
2019 HP Spectre x360 13 ports
2019 HP Spectre x360 13 ports
2020 HP Envy x360 13
2020 HP Envy x360 13
2019 HP Spectre x360 13
2019 HP Spectre x360 13

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Allen Ngo, 2020-07- 3 (Update: 2020-07- 2)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.