HP announces Spectre 15 X360 with Kaby Lake, RX Vega M

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HP announces Spectre 15 X360 with Kaby Lake, RX Vega M

You might think "well, no games for me", but a lack of graphical power can mean a hampering of other things, potentially limited development, virtual reality, mixed reality, and more, and essentially saying that the ultra-thin computer in your life is meant for office productivity and web surfing.

AMD also peeled the curtain back on a variety of its own wares, starting with desktop Ryzen chips that feature integrated Radeon Vega graphics.

The devices feature Intel Core i7 and Core i5 CPUs capable of clock speeds of up to 4.2GHz and 3.8GHz respectively. The chips feature a quad-core CPU and 4GB of memory.

While the first systems to run with this include HP and Dell, you have to wonder if Apple's next-gen slim MacBook will take advantage of this new combined CPU and Graphics board later this year.

"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics", Scott Herkelman, Vice President and General Manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group, said in a statement. The new Intel chips integrate AMD's (Advanced Micro Devices) Radeon RX Vega graphics. Intel was also quite keen to note that it managed to significantly reduce the silicon footprint by over 50 percent and keep the CPU and GPU z-height at 1.7mm, mostly thanks to its EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge) technology.

The product link provided points directly to the HP Spectre x360 15, with Intel Core i7 8705G processor. Intel says that the processors are at par with Nvidia's discrete graphics cards for gaming laptops.

Utilizing this new chip series is the updated Intel NUC (formerly code-named Hades Canyon) mini PC.

The first set of notebooks powered by Intel's G-series CPU can be expected to launch in the second quarter of 2018.

PCs have always been on the back burner at CES, but ARM-powered laptops could make them the surprise hit of the show this year because of two important features. The former is rather budget, ostensibly for entry-level laptops and convertibles, packing two cores and four threads. The GH models have a TDP of 100W and the GL models have a TDP of 65W. And Krzanich has stated that he wants Intel to become a less risk-averse company this year, so maybe we'll see something special on that front. Altogether, in its smart play, Intel has announced five CPUs as part of G-series.

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