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Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model

Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model (Source: HP)
Latest HP Spectre x360 13 refresh addresses one of our biggest complaints about last year's model (Source: HP)
The new convertible has a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 13 percent smaller footprint than the 2018 model. It's also slightly thicker with a larger cooling solution in order to accommodate the more graphically capable Core i7-1065G7 CPU.

It's getting difficult to keep up with HP's Spectre x360 13 series. As successful as it may be, every iteration or refresh cycle has no easily identifiable name to separate one generation from the last.

The latest models are the Spectre x360 13-aw0013dx and Spectre x360 13-aw0023dx that will bring faster 10th gen Intel Ice Lake-U processor options and a new smaller chassis design when compared to last year's Whiskey Lake-U model. More specifically, the new HP systems will ship with the same Core i7-1065G7 CPU as found on the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1 while having significantly smaller bezels along the top and bottom edges of the screen than the 2018 Spectre x360 13. Spectre x360 13 laptops are notable for their thicker bezels when compared to other 13.3-inch Ultrabooks like the XPS 13 9380, Asus ZenBook 13, or Razer Blade Stealth and so it's great to see that this is finally being addressed without impacting the positioning of the webcam.

The table and slides below summarize the major changes to the 2019 model. In summary, the chassis is 23 mm shorter in length with additional heat pipes, graphite sheets, and ventilation underneath the keyboard keys to improve airflow and heat dissipation. On the flip side, it's also about 2 to 3 mm thicker and with an even smaller clickpad than the last generation model because of the overall smaller footprint. Display options have expanded to include 4K UHD OLED or a 1000 nit 1080p backlight. Both the visual design and 1.3 mm keyboard key travel are otherwise the same gen-to-gen.

HP is now accepting orders for the new Spectre x360 13 starting at $1100 for the Core i5-1035G1 IPS SKU to $1500 for the Core i7-1065G7 OLED SKU. A WACOM pen is included with every purchase. (HP Spectre x360 13 UHD i7-8565U on sale now at Amazon)

Early 2019 HP Spectre x360 13Late 2019 HP Spectre x360 13
CPUCore i7-8565U
Whiskey Lake-U
Core i7-1065G7
Ice Lake-U
GPUUHD Graphics 620Iris Graphics Plus
RAM16 GB DDR4-24008 to 16 GB LPDDR4-3200
Display13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS13.3-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS 300-nits or
4K UHD OLED 400 nits DCI-P3
1000 nit 1080p option available
Battery61 Wh60 Wh
PortsHDMI
3.5 mm headphones
MicroSD reader
USB 3.1 Gen. 2 Type-A
USB Type-C PD + Thunderbolt 3
HDMI 2.0
3.5 mm headphones
MicroSD reader
USB 3.1 Gen. 1 Type-A
2x USB Type-C PD + Thunderbolt 3 + DisplayPort 1.4

WirelessIntel 9560Intel AX201
Gigabit 4G LTE 4x4 (eSIM and external SIM)
Dimensions14.7 x 217.9 x 308.8 mm17 x 194.6 x 306.8 mm
Weight1.32 kg1.3 kg

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2018 Spectre x360 13 (left) vs. Late 2019 Spectre x360 (right)
2018 Spectre x360 13 (left) vs. Late 2019 Spectre x360 (right)
Spectre x360 13 aw0023 specifications (Source: HP)
Spectre x360 13 aw0023 specifications (Source: HP)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-09-30 (Update: 2019-09-30)
Allen Ngo
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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.