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HP Spectre Folio 13 (i5-8500Y) Convertible Review

Timeless leather. HP is putting a new spin on laptop convertibles inspired by antique cameras and wristwatches. The one-of-a-kind leather design is both premium and classic, but its size, weight, and features fall a bit short compared to the sleek and modern metal Ultrabook.

HP made it very clear who the Spectre Folio was designed for. The 13.3-inch convertible was publicly unveiled just a day before the Surface Pro 6 in the very same city. Unlike the Microsoft equivalent, however, the Spectre Folio takes a riskier and more innovative approach.

The new HP laptop wraps what we love about the Spectre x360 13 in a leather casing for a unique and visually appealing look. It's the anti-thesis to the Elite x2 1013 2-in-1 in many ways — the textured leather and antique inspirations contrast the modern smooth, sleek, and often glossy metal finish of most alternatives.

Internally, the Spectre Folio is one of the first to carry Intel Amber Lake-Y processors designed to succeed the Kaby Lake-Y series. Current SKUs ship with either the Core i5-8200Y or i7-8500Y CPU with 8 GB or 16 GB of LPDDR3 RAM, up to 2 TB of PCIe storage, and a FHD or 4K UHD touchscreen. Because of its passively-cooled chassis, the system competes directly with the Dell XPS 13 9365 2-in-1, Microsoft Surface Go, and MacBook Air rather than the more powerful XPS 13 9370, Lenovo Yoga C930, or Surface Book 2.

For this review, we'll be seeing how the new processor performs and how the system stacks up to the award-winning Spectre x360 13.

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HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000 (Spectre Folio 13 Series)
Graphics adapter
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 24.20.100.6222
Memory
16384 MB 
, soldered, 933.3 MHz, 14-17-17-40, LPDDR3, Dual-Channel
Display
13.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 166 PPI, 10-point capacitive, native pen support, AU Optronics AUO572D, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-Y Premium PCH
Storage
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
1 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm combo
Networking
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.2, Cat. 16 eSIM, LTE
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.4 x 320 x 235 ( = 0.61 x 12.6 x 9.25 in)
Battery
54.28 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: FHD IR
Additional features
Speakers: Bang & Olufsen Quad speakers, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, WACOM pen, USB Type-C to Type-A adapter, detachable leather pen loop, McAfee, 12 Months Warranty, fanless
Weight
1.49 kg ( = 52.56 oz / 3.28 pounds), Power Supply: 292 g ( = 10.3 oz / 0.64 pounds)
Price
1400 USD
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The defining feature of the Spectre Folio is its genuine full grain leather exterior. HP says the leather look was inspired by antique craftsmanship that has withstood the test of time including leather wristwatches, purses, cameras, car seats, and more. The goal is to offer something unique in the laptop world without looking outdated two or three years down the road.

First impressions are nothing but excellent. Because the soft leather is a part of the notebook and not just a slip-on cover, the system has a subjective quality to it that other metal alloy convertibles can't offer. Anyone who has used an iPad or Android tablet with a leather cover will have a good idea of how the Spectre Folio feels. The keyboard base and display lid are still CNC metal not unlike on the Spectre 13, but HP has managed to naturally and seamlessly integrate the two dissimilar materials. Construction quality is flawless from top to bottom with no unintended gaps or imperfect stitches.

Rigidity is excellent even though we find it to be a step below the Spectre x360 13 or MacBook Air. The base, keyboard center, and lid are all slightly more susceptible to flexing. Even so, we can notice no creaking when switching between the different modes or when attempting to twist the unit.

Speaking of modes, the Spectre Folio utilizes the same approach as the Vaio Z Flip instead of HP's signature x360 hinges. While it works just as well, the drawback is that the hinges are limited to an angle of only about 120 degrees compared to 150 degrees or higher on many other laptops. Furthermore, the thin display has a higher chance of breaking since there are more moving parts involved when switching between modes.

The size and weight of the Spectre Folio are where its disadvantages begin to emerge. As shown by our size comparison below, the system is heavier, larger, and thicker than the Spectre x360 13 by more than just a few grams and millimeters. The leather material is no doubt responsible for the increase in volume and mass as it is supplementary to the inner metal chassis. As examples, the leather is implemented in such a way that it widens the footprint and thickens the display bezels wjereas a unibody metal alloy chassis of a typical Ultrabook allows for sleeker and lighter dimensions. It's extra protection against bumps and bruises at the cost of added volume.

Leather palm rests are more resistant to fingerprints than the typical glossy metal surface
Leather palm rests are more resistant to fingerprints than the typical glossy metal surface
The rear of the leather creases and widens whenever the display is opened
The rear of the leather creases and widens whenever the display is opened
Leather casing extends beyond the edges of the metal chassis and adds to the footprint
Leather casing extends beyond the edges of the metal chassis and adds to the footprint
Opened to maximum angle of only ~120 degrees
Opened to maximum angle of only ~120 degrees
Flipped to Stand mode perfect for video or long flights
Flipped to Stand mode perfect for video or long flights
Tablet mode is slightly angled for a better grip
Tablet mode is slightly angled for a better grip

Connectivity

Available ports are more limited than what we've come to expect from the Spectre series. Whereas the Spectre x360 13 or EliteBook x360 1030 have a card reader or HDMI port, the Spectre Folio has only three USB Type-C ports. Users will have to rely on adapters if they wish to connect USB Type-A, full-size HDMI, Ethernet, or even a SD card. Its dual Thunderbolt ports (40 Gbps) should prove useful for connecting to external displays, docking stations, and eGPUs.

A hidden spring-loaded nano-SIM slot is located behind the display when it is flipped 180 degrees. Any of USB Type-C ports can be used to charge the system.

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Front: No connectivity
Front: No connectivity
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1 w/ DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5 mm combo audio
Left: USB Type-C Gen. 1 w/ DisplayPort 1.2, 3.5 mm combo audio
Rear: No connectivity
Rear: No connectivity
Right: 2x Thunderbolt 3
Right: 2x Thunderbolt 3

Communication

Nano-SIM slot located behind the display
Nano-SIM slot located behind the display

The Spectre Folio has the unique attribute of supporting both eSIM and Nano-SIM for gigabit GSM 4G LTE connectivity. This means that users have the option to connect to a wireless carrier (AT&T or Verizon) without needing to first insert a SIM card.

WLAN and Bluetooth 4.2 are provided by the Intel 8265. More laptops are beginning to integrate the faster Intel 9260 with Bluetooth 5 and so we're a bit disappointed to see a last generation WiFi module on our system. Wireless connectivity is otherwise reliable on our 802.11ac network.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
617 MBit/s ∼100% 0%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
616 MBit/s ∼100%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
580 MBit/s ∼94% -6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
577 (min: 517, max: 605) MBit/s ∼94% -6%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB 81C4
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
640 MBit/s ∼100% +20%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
532 MBit/s ∼83%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Marvell AVASTAR Wireless-AC Network Controller
517 (min: 437, max: 572) MBit/s ∼81% -3%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
478 MBit/s ∼75% -10%

Accessories

Included extras are an active WACOM stylus (model SPEN-HP-02), a USB type-C to type-A adapter, and a removable leather loop for attaching the stylus to the notebook.

Maintenance

With no visible screws or latches to speak of, the Spectre Folio cannot be easily disassembled. The leather casing cannot be slipped on or off like a Surface Pro Type Cover.

If owners decide to take apart the system anyway, they will find a very small motherboard above the keyboard with the battery occupying over 70 percent of the volume. Unsurprisingly, RAM and WLAN are fixed.

Warranty

The standard one-year limited warranty applies with options to extend up to three years for an extra $275 USD.

Input Devices

Keyboard

The Chiclet keys offer the same 1.3 mm travel as on the Spectre x360 13 series. The larger 14-inch Asus Zenbook UX433 and 15.6-inch Spectre x360 15 have deeper key travel of 1.4 mm and 1.5 mm, respectively, for a less shallower typing experience. Even so, the keys on the Spectre Folio have crisp feedback when pressed with generally quieter clatter than on the XPS 13.

A two-level white backlight is included whereas older Spectre and Envy models have only a single backlight level. Dedicated microphone or webcam keys like on the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 would have been great additions.

Touchpad

The Precision glass trackpad (9.5 cm x 5.5 cm) is smaller than the trackpads on the Spectre x360 13 (12 x 6 cm) or XPS 13 2-in-1 (10.5 x 6 cm) and so multi-touch inputs feel cramped as a result. Otherwise, cursor control is reliable with a smooth surface glide no matter the speed. The integrated mouse keys are shallow in travel with firm feedback and a satisfactory click when pressed. It takes quite a bit of force to input a click and so repeated clicks on the trackpad can feel strenuous.

Identical key layout as on the Spectre x360 13
Identical key layout as on the Spectre x360 13
While key feedback is firm, we would've preferred a slightly deeper travel
While key feedback is firm, we would've preferred a slightly deeper travel

Display

HP advertises a brightness of 400 nits and our independent measurements back this claim. This is a high quality 1080p Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen with deep colors and a high contrast ratio worthy of the flagship asking price. Interestingly, the Spectre Folio uses an IPS panel from AU Optronics as opposed to LG on the Spectre x360 13. Panel properties are otherwise quite similar between the two save for the brighter backlight on the Spectre Folio.

Perhaps the weakest characteristic of the display is its slow black-black and gray-gray response times. In other words, ghosting is more prevalent and noticeable on the Spectre Folio when compared to most other Ultrabooks. We don't find this to be a distracting issue when word processing or video streaming, but it's still a sour spot on an otherwise excellent display.

Uneven backlight bleeding is present on the top right corner of our screen as shown by our picture below. It's thankfully minor enough to be almost unnoticeable during movie playback.

The metal bezels are narrow, but the outer layer of leather thickens the bezels even more
The metal bezels are narrow, but the outer layer of leather thickens the bezels even more
Pen loop attaches by tape near the bottom corner of the display
Pen loop attaches by tape near the bottom corner of the display
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along top corner
Minor uneven backlight bleeding along top corner
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
Subpixel array (166 PPI)
405.7
cd/m²
391.8
cd/m²
422.4
cd/m²
389.1
cd/m²
389.8
cd/m²
405.7
cd/m²
371.1
cd/m²
394.2
cd/m²
391
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 422.4 cd/m² Average: 395.6 cd/m² Minimum: 21.71 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 389.8 cd/m²
Contrast: 1444:1 (Black: 0.27 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 2.72 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.2, calibrated: 1.25
ΔE Greyscale 4.2 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
98.2% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 62.2% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.1
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
AU Optronics AUO572D, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
LGD0588, IPS, 13.3, 3840x2160
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Chi Mei CMN1380, IPS, 13.3, 1920x1080
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
LGPhilips LP123WQ112604, IPS, 12.3, 2736x1834
Apple MacBook Air 2018
APPA039, IPS, 13.3, 2560x1600
Lenovo Yoga C930-13IKB
B139HAN03_0, IPS, 13.9, 1920x1080
Response Times
7%
26%
26%
25%
24%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
52 (24.4, 27.6)
51.6 (25.6, 26)
1%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
24%
42 (22, 20)
19%
39.6 (20.8, 18.8)
24%
40.8 (20.4, 20.4)
22%
Response Time Black / White *
37.2 (21.2, 16)
32.4 (16.4, 16)
13%
27.2 (14.8, 12.4)
27%
25 (14, 11)
33%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
25%
27.6 (15.6, 12)
26%
PWM Frequency
26040 (62)
20800 (50)
113600 (75)
Screen
3%
-1%
-15%
16%
-45%
Brightness middle
389.8
329.8
-15%
467.2
20%
463
19%
320
-18%
316
-19%
Brightness
396
318
-20%
445
12%
450
14%
315
-20%
291
-27%
Brightness Distribution
88
74
-16%
91
3%
83
-6%
95
8%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.27
0.25
7%
0.4
-48%
0.32
-19%
0.29
-7%
0.36
-33%
Contrast
1444
1319
-9%
1168
-19%
1447
0%
1103
-24%
878
-39%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.72
2.37
13%
2.41
11%
3.76
-38%
1.2
56%
5.9
-117%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.49
4.08
26%
5.58
-2%
7.35
-34%
3.2
42%
12.9
-135%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.25
1.33
-6%
2.68
-114%
0.5
60%
1.3
-4%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.2
2.8
33%
3.7
12%
3.18
24%
0.8
81%
8.6
-105%
Gamma
2.1 105%
2.145 103%
2.37 93%
2.53 87%
2.2 100%
2.1 105%
CCT
7470 87%
6441 101%
7158 91%
6994 93%
6548 99%
6854 95%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62.2
67
8%
62.5
0%
59
-5%
62.1
0%
60.7
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
98.2
98
0%
99.6
1%
90
-8%
96
-2%
94.5
-4%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
5% / 3%
13% / 3%
6% / -9%
21% / 17%
-11% / -34%

* ... smaller is better

Color coverage is approximately 98 percent and 62 percent of the sRGB and AdobeRGB standard, respectively, to be comparable to the displays of most high-end Ultrabooks like the Spectre x360 13 or Lenovo Yoga C930. Because of the limited GPU power of the system, however, the wide gamut will be more appropriate for video playback and picture viewing rather than professional editing.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with a X-Rite colorimeter reveal an overly cool color temperature. A calibration directly addresses this and improves RGB balance and grayscale across the board for very accurate colors against the sRGB standard. We recommend applying our ICC profile above to get the most out of the display.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
37.2 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 21.2 ms rise
↘ 16 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 94 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.6 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
52 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 24.4 ms rise
↘ 27.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 87 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (41 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8929 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is better than both the MacBook Air and Spectre x360 13 since the backlight of the Spectre Folio is brighter. Even so, glare from the glossy display is inevitable and sunlight will still overwhelm onscreen content. Alternatives like the Samsung NP900 or even HP's own EliteBook x360 1030 G3 are equipped with even brighter displays if outdoor visibility is priority.

Viewing angles are wide with no major color shifting or contrast changes from extreme angles.

Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors on cloudy day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

SKUs are limited to the Core i5-8200Y and Core i7-8500Y for now. These passively cooled Amber Lake processors directly succeed the Kaby Lake-Y series as found on the XPS 13 2-in-1 or Surface Go. Since they are dual-core 5 W CPUs, however, performance will be measurably slower than the quad-core 15 W Kaby Lake-R CPUs as found on most standard Ultrabooks. The Spectre Folio is best used for light tasks as a result.

Processor

Is multi-core CPU performance any faster than the Kaby Lake-Y Core i5-7Y54 or Core i7-7Y75? Yes, but the delta is as marginal as it gets. Its CineBench R15 score of 271 points is just 5 percent higher than the i7-7Y75 in the XPS 13 2-in-1 before accounting for any throttling. After all, the base clock rate of the i7-8500Y is just 200 MHz faster than the i7-7Y75 (1.5 GHz vs. 1.3 GHz) with identical cache sizes and core counts. Performance is still much faster than the Pentium N4200 or Cherry Trail Atom x5-Z8350, but we were hoping for a bit more oomph.

Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop is a good way to test performance over time when subjected to a constant high load. Our initial score of 271 points eventually drops to about 220 points after 3 or 4 loops to represent a performance dip of about 19 percent. The results are an indication that the system is unable to sustain very high Turbo Boost clock rates for long periods.

Interestingly, the HWBOT benchmark would not launch correctly even after toggling HPET.

See our dedicated page on the Core i7-8500Y for more technical details and benchmark comparisons.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000 UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø220 (212.35-271)
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003 UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø163 (162.13-163.67)
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350, 128 GB eMMC Flash; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø99.3 (96.12-100.08)
Dell XPS 13 9365-4537 2-in-1 HD Graphics 615, 7Y54, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPUK; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø202 (196.49-249.97)
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Core i7-8650U
163 Points ∼75% +23%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
149 Points ∼68% +13%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
143 Points ∼66% +8%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel Core i5-8250U
143 Points ∼66% +8%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
142 Points ∼65% +8%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y
132 Points ∼61% 0%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
132 Points ∼61%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
130 Points ∼60% -2%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
65 Points ∼30% -51%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
53 Points ∼24% -60%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
36 Points ∼17% -73%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
31 Points ∼14% -77%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
618 Points ∼14% +128%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel Core i5-8250U
585 Points ∼13% +116%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
523 Points ∼12% +93%
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Intel Core i7-8650U
447 Points ∼10% +65%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
317 Points ∼7% +17%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel Core i5-8210Y
285 Points ∼7% +5%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
271 Points ∼6%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
258 Points ∼6% -5%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
174 Points ∼4% -36%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
164 Points ∼4% -39%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel Atom x5-Z8350
100 Points ∼2% -63%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel Celeron N3060
70 Points ∼2% -74%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
1.65 Points ∼68% +15%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
1.61 Points ∼66% +13%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
1.54 Points ∼63% +8%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
1.43 Points ∼59%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
0.75 Points ∼31% -48%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
0.64 Points ∼26% -55%
CPU Multi 64Bit
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
6.91 Points ∼26% +182%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
3.53 Points ∼13% +44%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
2.98 Points ∼11% +22%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
2.45 Points ∼9%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
2.02 Points ∼7% -18%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
1.8 Points ∼7% -27%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
5614 Points ∼52% +15%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
5496 Points ∼51% +12%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
4898 Points ∼45%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
4473 Points ∼41% -9%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
2521 Points ∼23% -49%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
1668 Points ∼15% -66%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
16466 Points ∼33% +94%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
11366 Points ∼23% +34%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
9392 Points ∼19% +11%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
8493 Points ∼17%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
5586 Points ∼11% -34%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel Pentium N4200
4844 Points ∼10% -43%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
981.678 s * ∼12% -46%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
673.184 s * ∼8%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
618.91 s * ∼7% +8%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
480.096 s * ∼6% +29%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
375.873 s * ∼4% +44%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y
1239.78 Seconds * ∼6% -89%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
696.928 Seconds * ∼3% -6%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel Core i7-8500Y
657.406 Seconds * ∼3%
Dell XPS 13-9365 2-in-1
Intel Core i7-7Y75
585.172 Seconds * ∼3% +11%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel Core i7-7500U
569.077 Seconds * ∼3% +13%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
8347
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
8493
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4898
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.43 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.45 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
24.24 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
271 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
132 Points
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
44.49 fps
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
97.8 %
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System Performance

HP has pointed out that its Spectre Folio is just slightly behind the Surface Pro in the overall PCMark 10 benchmark and our own independent tests can confirm this. The HP convertible is just 4 percent behind the Surface Pro 6 with the faster Core i5-8250U CPU. Its Digital Content Creation score, however, is 30 percent lower largely due to the slower integrated UHD Graphics 615 GPU. In other words, the Spectre Folio feels just as fast for word processing and browsing, but it begins to chug when photo editing or running other graphics-intensive tasks.

We experienced wake-from-sleep issues on our test unit where a cold reboot was required after putting the system to sleep.

PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 10 Standard
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 8 Work Accelerated
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
2758 Points ∼28% +54%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
2604 Points ∼26% +45%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
2548 Points ∼26% +42%
Average of class Convertible
  (727 - 4342, n=71)
2417 Points ∼24% +35%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
1791 Points ∼18%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
1609 Points ∼16% -10%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
1021 Points ∼10% -43%
Productivity
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
6694 Points ∼69% +17%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5745 Points ∼59%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
5253 Points ∼54% -9%
Average of class Convertible
  (1162 - 7045, n=72)
5108 Points ∼53% -11%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
4520 Points ∼47% -21%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
3902 Points ∼40% -32%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
2535 Points ∼26% -56%
Essentials
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
8733 Points ∼82% +30%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
7376 Points ∼69% +9%
Average of class Convertible
  (2489 - 9291, n=72)
6781 Points ∼64% +1%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
6741 Points ∼63%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
6714 Points ∼63% 0%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
4504 Points ∼42% -33%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
4115 Points ∼39% -39%
Score
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
3901 Points ∼50% +32%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
3313 Points ∼43% +12%
Average of class Convertible
  (1006 - 4347, n=73)
3081 Points ∼40% +5%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3076 Points ∼40% +4%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2945 Points ∼38%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y, Apple SSD AP0256
2174 Points ∼28% -26%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
1577 Points ∼20% -46%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
4406 Points ∼68%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
4149 Points ∼64% -6%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3970 Points ∼61% -10%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3706 Points ∼57% -16%
Average of class Convertible
  (1007 - 5281, n=203)
3662 Points ∼56% -17%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
2981 Points ∼46% -32%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
4885 Points ∼51%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4432 Points ∼47%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
4227 Points ∼44%
Average of class Convertible
  (766 - 6165, n=162)
3336 Points ∼35%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
2512 Points ∼26%
Home Score Accelerated v2
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
UHD Graphics 620, 8650U, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4103 Points ∼67% +50%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
UHD Graphics 620, 8550U, Liteon CA1-8D256-HP
3306 Points ∼54% +21%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
UHD Graphics 620, 8250U, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
3088 Points ∼51% +13%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
HD Graphics 620, 7500U, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3023 Points ∼50% +10%
Average of class Convertible
  (741 - 4741, n=250)
2743 Points ∼45% 0%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
2737 Points ∼45%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
HD Graphics 505, N4200, SanDisk SD8SN8U256G1006
2140 Points ∼35% -22%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060, SanDisk DF4032
1760 Points ∼29% -36%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y, 64 GB eMMC Flash
741 Points ∼12% -73%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
2737 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
4406 points
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Storage Devices

Our configuration houses a Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD for impressive read and write rates much like on the EliteBook x360 1030. Transfer rates are much faster than the Toshiba solution in the latest Surface Pro 6 especially in regards to sequential write rates. While we can't say for certain that HP uses Samsung SSDs across its entire lineup, we're still glad to see one here on our 256 GB SKU. The entry-level configuration of the system appears to use a standard SATA III controller instead of NVMe for transfer rates.

Storage is non-expandable since the SSD is inaccessible. Owners will likely have to rely on cloud services or streaming for heavy multimedia playback.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5.5
CDM 5.5
AS SSD
AS SSD
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 45X96UT
Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
64 GB eMMC Flash
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
SanDisk DF4032
AS SSD
8%
-227%
-126%
-346%
Copy Game MB/s
971.31
989.72
2%
124.38
-87%
76.48
-92%
Copy Program MB/s
630.57
453.91
-28%
94
-85%
44.34
-93%
Copy ISO MB/s
1373.65
1947.34
42%
128.13
-91%
99.05
-93%
Score Total
3569
3484
-2%
870
-76%
225
-94%
112
-97%
Score Write
823
1032
25%
244
-70%
92
-89%
25
-97%
Score Read
1833
1634
-11%
430
-77%
88
-95%
56
-97%
Access Time Write *
0.037
0.036
3%
0.301
-714%
0.233
-530%
0.932
-2419%
Access Time Read *
0.051
0.041
20%
0.913
-1690%
0.151
-196%
0.332
-551%
4K-64 Write
605.28
790.01
31%
129.31
-79%
44.48
-93%
6.93
-99%
4K-64 Read
1620.84
1407.92
-13%
277.89
-83%
40.27
-98%
29.14
-98%
4K Write
95.93
104.31
9%
80.6
-16%
35.07
-63%
9.2
-90%
4K Read
42.69
46.05
8%
40.46
-5%
18.29
-57%
12.01
-72%
Seq Write
1213.77
1373.63
13%
340
-72%
126.65
-90%
89.22
-93%
Seq Read
1692.57
1797.58
6%
1113.69
-34%
289.84
-83%
144.79
-91%
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
41%
-56%
-80%
-91%
Write 4K
140
120
-14%
68.05
-51%
26.91
-81%
7.611
-95%
Read 4K
52.38
43.42
-17%
30.64
-42%
19.72
-62%
13.21
-75%
Write Seq
947.5
1814
91%
133.8
-86%
126.2
-87%
65.85
-93%
Read Seq
922.1
2227
142%
705.3
-24%
268
-71%
120.6
-87%
Write 4K Q32T1
227.8
391.8
72%
104.4
-54%
62.89
-72%
7.547
-97%
Read 4K Q32T1
299.2
288.7
-4%
196.3
-34%
39.82
-87%
35.25
-88%
Write Seq Q32T1
1259
1860
48%
135.5
-89%
131.3
-90%
61.55
-95%
Read Seq Q32T1
3112
3376
8%
1124
-64%
259.3
-92%
122
-96%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
25% / 20%
-142% / -165%
-103% / -109%
-219% / -238%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3112 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1259 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 299.2 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 227.8 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 922.1 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 947.5 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 52.38 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 140 MB/s

GPU Performance

The integrated UHD Graphics 615 is not designed for gaming. Users can expect a performance level anywhere between 20 to 30 percent slower than the UHD Graphics 620 in the Spectre x360 13. Graphics performance is comparable to the Surface Go if not slightly lower.

Perhaps more importantly, 4K video playback at 60 FPS is supported. We played a 4K60 video of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on the official Nvidia GeForce YouTube channel with no recorded frame drops throughout. CPU and GPU activity was relatively stable at about 40 percent and 65 percent, respectively.

Running 3DMark 11 multiple times in a row results in performance drops each time. The first run returns a final score of 1704 points followed by 1497 points and 1280 in the second and third run, respectively.

See our dedicated page on the UHD Graphics 615 for more technical information and benchmarks.

3DMark 11
3DMark 11
Ice Storm
Ice Storm
3DMark Vantage
3DMark Vantage
Time Spy
Time Spy
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Smooth 4K60 video playback
Smooth 4K60 video playback
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4296 Points ∼24% +393%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2831 Points ∼16% +225%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2683 Points ∼15% +208%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1586 Points ∼9% +82%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1555 Points ∼9% +78%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1509 Points ∼8% +73%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1134 Points ∼6% +30%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (872 - 1134, n=2)
1003 Points ∼6% +15%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y
872 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
592 Points ∼3% -32%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060
395 Points ∼2% -55%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
392 Points ∼2% -55%
1280x720 Performance GPU
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
4708 Points ∼9% +333%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
3549 Points ∼7% +226%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2592 Points ∼5% +138%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
1881 Points ∼4% +73%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1577 Points ∼3% +45%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1569 Points ∼3% +44%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
1257 Points ∼2% +16%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (1088 - 1257, n=2)
1173 Points ∼2% +8%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y
1088 Points ∼2%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
725 Points ∼1% -33%
HP Stream 14-ax002ng
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), N3060
381 Points ∼1% -65%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
349 Points ∼1% -68%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
649 Points ∼5% +187%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
286 Points ∼2% +27%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y
226 Points ∼2%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
226 Points ∼2% 0%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
85 Points ∼1% -62%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
3622 Points ∼9% +394%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
2310 Points ∼6% +215%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
2149 Points ∼5% +193%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
1064 Points ∼3% +45%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
1029 Points ∼3% +40%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
947 Points ∼2% +29%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
819 Points ∼2% +12%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (733 - 819, n=2)
776 Points ∼2% +6%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y
733 Points ∼2%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
482 Points ∼1% -34%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8550U
19900 Points ∼11% +197%
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
15186 Points ∼8% +127%
Lenovo Flex 5-1570 81CA000RUS
NVIDIA GeForce MX130, 8550U
12942 Points ∼7% +93%
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8250U
9769 Points ∼5% +46%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel UHD Graphics 620, 8550U
8112 Points ∼4% +21%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
7636 Points ∼4% +14%
Apple MacBook Air 2018
Intel UHD Graphics 617, 8210Y
7231 Points ∼4% +8%
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 8500Y
6692 Points ∼4%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
  (6602 - 6692, n=2)
6647 Points ∼4% -1%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
6602 Points ∼4% -1%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
3598 Points ∼2% -46%
Asus Transformer Book T102HA-GR022T
Intel HD Graphics 400 (Braswell), Z8350
2000 Points ∼1% -70%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
HP Envy x360 15-bq102ng
AMD Radeon RX Vega 8, 2500U
68150 Points ∼9%
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
Intel HD Graphics 620, 7500U
37394 Points ∼5%
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
Intel UHD Graphics 615, 4415Y
35452 Points ∼5%
Average Intel UHD Graphics 615
 
35452 Points ∼5%
HP ProBook x360 11 G1 EE Z3A47EA
Intel HD Graphics 505, N4200
20939 Points ∼3%
3DMark 06 Standard
6386 points
3DMark Vantage P Result
3813 points
3DMark 11 Performance
1169 points
3DMark Ice Storm Standard Score
36523 points
3DMark Cloud Gate Standard Score
4660 points
3DMark Fire Strike Score
648 points
3DMark Time Spy Score
257 points
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BioShock Infinite (2013) 39.219.818.15.7fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 10.6fps
Rocket League (2017) 33.21610.3fps

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Temperature

Surface temperatures are never a concern on the Spectre Folio. Since the motherboard is small and positioned towards the rear of the unit, the palm rests and keyboard remain relatively cool no matter the onscreen load. The hot spots are directly above and below the processor where surface temperatures can be as warm as 44 C or 48 C when under extreme processing load. Temperature gradient is similar to the Spectre x360 13 or Core i5 Surface Pro 6.

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, the CPU clock rate can be seen running at 3.4 GHz for the first few seconds until reaching a peak core temperature of 81 C. Thereafter, performance drops to maintain a clock rate and temperature in the 1.6 GHz to 2.2 GHz range and 55 to 65 C range, respectively. Since the base clock rate of the i7-8500Y is 1.5 GHz, it's still impressive to see a passively cooled laptop maintain a small level of Turbo Boost even when under unrealistically high loads. Running both Prime95 and FurMark simultaneously will throttle the CPU to just 500 MHz.

Running on battery power will not impact CPU or GPU performance.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C)
System Idle -- -- 38
Prime95 Stress 1.6 - 2.0 -- 56 - 60
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 0.5 -- 55
Max. Load
 40 °C
104 F
44.2 °C
112 F
35 °C
95 F
 
 32 °C
90 F
31.8 °C
89 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 28.8 °C
84 F
26 °C
79 F
27.6 °C
82 F
 
Maximum: 44.2 °C = 112 F
Average: 32.7 °C = 91 F
34.8 °C
95 F
48.2 °C
119 F
39 °C
102 F
32 °C
90 F
35 °C
95 F
35.2 °C
95 F
30.2 °C
86 F
31.2 °C
88 F
31.6 °C
89 F
Maximum: 48.2 °C = 119 F
Average: 35.2 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.2 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 32.7 °C / 91 F, compared to the average of 30.4 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Convertible.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.2 °C / 112 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 21.8 to 55.7 °C for the class Convertible.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 48.2 °C / 119 F, compared to the average of 36.6 °C / 98 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 26.8 °C / 80 F, compared to the device average of 30.4 °C / 87 F.
(+) The palmrests and touchpad are cooler than skin temperature with a maximum of 28.8 °C / 83.8 F and are therefore cool to the touch.
(±) The average temperature of the palmrest area of similar devices was 29.2 °C / 84.6 F (+0.4 °C / 0.8 F).

Speakers

Perhaps unsurprisingly, audio quality is close to the Spectre x360 13 as shown by our pink noise graphs below. HP has been relying on Bang and Olufsen quad speakers across its Spectre family for strong audio output given the size of the machine. Users who want even louder speakers should consider the EliteBook x360 1030 G3 or the Yoga C930. Bass is lacking, but that shouldn't be a surprise. High volume causes no static or chassis reverberations.

Pink noise (Spectre Folio)
Pink noise (Spectre Folio)
Pink noise (Spectre x360 13)
Pink noise (Spectre x360 13)
dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203539.22534.335.23132.336.54032.633.15031.933.46330.231.98029.831.110028.929.912528.228.116027.53120027.336.925027.145.431527.150.14002652.250025.258.963024.757.880024.158.6100023.958.8125023.667.5160023.668.3200023.364.6250023.265.4315023.163.4400022.963.3500022.957.9630023.157.9800022.953.61000022.761.11250022.664.61600022.660.4SPL35.775.5N2.533.6median 23.6median 58.6Delta2.18.335.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6median 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseHP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000 audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (68.32 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 21.7% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 4% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.6% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (24.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 65% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 11%, average was 22%, worst was 53%
Compared to all devices tested
» 67% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 26% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 96% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 50%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

When idling on desktop, consumption can range from 2 W to 8 W depending on the brightness setting and power profile. Heavier loads like gaming can bump consumption up to 35 W temporarily before dropping to about 27 W to keep core temperature in check. Interestingly, the Core i5 Surface Pro 6 is more powerful on paper and yet it consumes slightly less power when under high loads likely due to a combination of throttling and a smaller display.

The small (~8.9 x 5.2 x 2.2 cm) 65 W AC adapter provides more than enough juice to simultaneously run and charge the Spectre Folio. The adapter can also be used to quick-charge other USB Type-C devices including smartphones, tablets, and the Nintendo Switch.

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest during the first few seconds before falling. The eventual wave-like pattern is reminiscent of our clock rate observations during our Stress Test above
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest during the first few seconds before falling. The eventual wave-like pattern is reminiscent of our clock rate observations during our Stress Test above
3DMark 06. Note that consumption is highest during the first few seconds before falling to suggest a level of throttling even when gaming
3DMark 06. Note that consumption is highest during the first few seconds before falling to suggest a level of throttling even when gaming
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.23 / 0.54 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.8 / 3.8 / 7.7 Watt
Load midlight 26.9 / 38.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 64 GB eMMC Flash, IPS, 1800x1200, 10
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.3
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, Toshiba KBG30ZPZ128G, IPS, 2736x1834, 12.3
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, Apple SSD AP0256, IPS, 2560x1600, 13.3
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 3000x2000, 13.9
Power Consumption
-2%
-79%
-55%
-85%
Idle Minimum *
1.8
2.88
-60%
5.3
-194%
4.3
-139%
3.5
-94%
Idle Average *
3.8
4.8
-26%
9.6
-153%
8.7
-129%
8.9
-134%
Idle Maximum *
7.7
7.5
3%
10.1
-31%
9.4
-22%
12.3
-60%
Load Average *
26.9
16.9
37%
34.4
-28%
24.5
9%
54.2
-101%
Load Maximum *
38.5
23.8
38%
34.8
10%
36
6%
52.1
-35%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.4

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

Battery capacity is almost 2x larger than the battery in the Surface Go and, perhaps not by coincidence, battery life is almost twice as long. Users can expect over 14 hours of real-world WLAN use to best even the 2018 MacBook Air. Ultrabooks with more common 15 W CPUs like the Spectre x360 13 or Huawei MateBook X Pro have measurably shorter runtimes by several hours.

Charging from empty to full capacity takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
31h 22min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
14h 12min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 32min
HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000
8500Y, UHD Graphics 615, 54.28 Wh
Microsoft Surface Go MHN-00003
4415Y, UHD Graphics 615, 28 Wh
HP Spectre x360 13-ac033dx
7500U, HD Graphics 620, 57.8 Wh
Microsoft Surface Pro 6, Core i5, 128 GB
8250U, UHD Graphics 620, 45 Wh
Apple MacBook Air 2018
8210Y, UHD Graphics 617, 50.3 Wh
Huawei Matebook X Pro i5
8250U, GeForce MX150, 57.4 Wh
Battery Runtime
-40%
-47%
-41%
-15%
-35%
Reader / Idle
1882
771
-59%
792
-58%
1066
-43%
1243
-34%
WiFi v1.3
852
448
-47%
537
-37%
545
-36%
721
-15%
557
-35%
Load
212
180
-15%
114
-46%
118
-44%
133
-37%

Verdict

Pros

+ unique leather design and convertible form factor feels great to hold
+ high quality display; >95 percent sRGB, high contrast ratio
+ brighter display than the Spectre x360 13
+ both eSIM and nano-SIM; Gigabit LTE
+ completely silent; no electronic noise
+ exterior is not a fingerprint magnet
+ fast Samsung SSD performance
+ full performance on batteries
+ dual Thunderbolt 3 ports
+ included S-Pen digitizer
+ long battery life

Cons

- limited to 5 W CPUs; no Kaby Lake-R or Whiskey Lake-U options
- slow display response times; more noticeable ghosting
- difficult serviceability; no end-user upgrading possible
- both heavier and larger than Spectre x360 13
- no USB Type-A, HDMI, RJ-45, or SD reader
- no Kensington Lock or fingerprint reader
- smaller trackpad than Spectre x360 13
- low performance-per-dollar
- keyboard is not spill-proof
In review: HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000. Test model provided by HP US
In review: HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000. Test model provided by HP US

HP has carved itself a comfortable niche with the Spectre Folio. When compared to the Surface Go or Surface Pro 6, the HP convertible offers 4G LTE connectivity, Thunderbolt 3, longer battery life, and a bigger screen that should appeal to business users constantly on-the-go. The burly leather exterior works both aesthetically and in practice for gripping and carrying.

As nice as it may look and feel, the biggest enemy of the Spectre Folio is the Spectre x360 13 because both are 13-inch convertibles for around the same price of $1300 to $1400 USD. The admittedly classy leather exterior comes at the cost of size, weight, and serviceability as the Spectre x360 13 is smaller, lighter, thinner, and easier to repair or upgrade if needed. The Spectre x360 13 is even faster than the Spectre Folio because of its Kaby Lake-R processor and it actually integrates both USB Type-A and a SD card reader.

Users considering the leather-clad HP convertible should be enamored by its design and feel with the intention to exploit its integrated 4G LTE capabilities. Otherwise, the Spectre x360 13 is the better bang-for-the-buck as it offers more speed and features than the Spectre Folio.

A fresh design fit for work at any coffee shop or classroom. The Spectre Folio combines an antique look with the latest Intel Amber Lake-Y processor and 4G LTE eSIM technology for long battery life and always-on connectivity. If you're not drawn in by the unique chassis, however, then other Ultrabooks tend to offer more features and at smaller sizes.

HP Spectre Folio 13t-ak000 - 11/23/2018 v6
Allen Ngo

Chassis
84 / 98 → 86%
Keyboard
87%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
51 / 80 → 64%
Weight
69 / 35-78 → 79%
Battery
97%
Display
85%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
77 / 87 → 89%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
69 / 91 → 76%
Camera
66 / 85 → 77%
Average
78%
86%
Convertible - Weighted Average

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Allen Ngo, 2018-11-23 (Update: 2018-11-24)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
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.