HP refreshes Envy lineup with Intel Raptor Lake CPUs, 15.6-inch x360 is world's first laptop with IMAX Enhanced
The entire Envy lineup from HP is getting refreshed with Intel Raptor Lake mobile processors. This includes the 14-inch and 15.6-inch Envy x360 convertibles and the bigger Envy 17 laptop that does not come with a 360° hinge. Additionally, the official HP page lists an AMD-powered 15.6-inch Envy x360 model, possibly equipped with the new Ryzen 7040U processors.
This year’s 15.6-inch model is particularly of interest, as it is the world’s first laptop to feature an IMAX Enhanced certificate. Besides the strict performance standards across viewing mode, color, brightness, contrast and DTS sonic fidelity, an IMAX Enhanced laptop features the exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio of 1:90:1, which offers up to 26% more picture for select sequences – meaning more of the action is visible on screen, just as the filmmakers intended.
At the moment, only Disney+ offers a selection of 44 movies and TV shows that take advantage of the IMAX Enhanced standard. In order to adhere to the picture fidelity standards imposed by the IMAX Enhanced certification, the 15.6-inch Envy x360 features an OLED panel option with FHD resolution, 500 nit brightness and 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. Additionally, this model also gets an FHD IPS option with 100% sRGB color gamut, and an FHD IPS with 45% NTSC.
For the 14-inch model, HP only offers an FHD IPS panel with 45% NTSC color, whereas the 17-incher features an FHD IPS option with 100% sRGB plus a 4K IPS option with 100% DCI-P3 color. All the new Envy models come with multitouch screens and 5 MP webcams.
Both 14-inch and 15.6-inch models can be equipped with Intel’s i5-1335U or i7-1355U processors, while the 17-inch model adds i5-13500H and i7-13700H options, leaving the i7-1355U as its base option. Maximum RAM capacity for the x360 models is 16 GB DDR4-3200, but HP does not specify this for the 17-inch model. All models support up to 1 TB of PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD storage.
Port selection is stingy on the 14-inch model as it does not feature Thunderbolt connectors. The 15-inch and 17-inch models feature 2x Thunderbolt 4 connectors, however. HP is including SD card readers on all models. There is only wireless connectivity via a Wi-Fi 6E + BT 5.3 card on all models, as well.
The sound system is provided by Bang & Olufsen, but only the 15-inch model comes with DTS:X Ultra. Battery capacity on the 14-inch model is 43 Wh, while the 15-inch and 17-inch get 55 Wh batteries. As far as portability goes, the 14-incher is obviously the lightest at 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg), while the 15-incher weighs up to 4.13 lbs (1.8 kg) and the 17-incher goes up to 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg).
Starting price for the 14-incher is set to US$850 and this one can already be ordered from the official HP store. Windowscentral got in touch with HP and found out that the Envy x360 15.6-inch will launch this month with a starting price of US$950, but the Envy 17 will launch in May for at least US$1,150.