The biggest question when AMD formally launched its Ryzen Mobile platform was all about ‘when’. At the time AMD announced three primary partners and three systems, with the aim that all the units would be available before the holidays. When we spoke to the vendors, only HP seemed to have a closer date than ‘Q1’, with the Envy X360 planned for some time in November. This week it formally went on sale over at hp.com, and it seems to also be available at retail over at Best Buy.

We reported on the unit at launch: the HP Envy x360 with Ryzen Mobile is a 15.6-inch convertible laptop with a 1920x1080 edge-to-edge display, and will feature the AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core SoC. This processor uses four of AMD’s Zen cores, running up to 3.6 GHz, paired with Vega 8 graphics (that’s 8 compute units, so 512 Vega SPs) running up to 1100 MHz with a 15W TDP. It is listed as having 6MB of cache, although this is split between 2 MB of L2 cache, and 4 MB of L3 cache (and the caches are very different in their use).

At Ryzen Mobile launch, it was stated that the Envy x360 would only support 8 GB of DRAM maximum, which to most people was a little odd. Thankfully that is not the case, and HP offers up to 16 GB. HP initially offered the unit with a 4+4 GB DDR4-2400 dual-channel memory configuration, although that seems to have already been sold out, with 12 GB (4+8) and 16 GB (8+8) options left. The base storage option is a 1TB SATA hard drive, although for a premium HP does offer several PCIe NVMe SSD options or combinations therein.

The design uses a full-size island-style backlit keyboard with a numeric keypad, and the unit comes with a 3-cell, 55.8 Wh battery, and Intel 802.11ac wireless connectivity. There is an IR camera for Windows Hello support, a USB-C with DisplayPort and with power capabilities, and HP lists the laptop as able to drive two UHD displays. HP’s partnership with Bang & Olufsen continues, handling the audio duties. It also features a stylus for Windows Ink.

HP ENVY x360 Ryzen Mobile
CPU AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Quad-core, Eight-thread,
2.0GHz to 3.6GHz
GPU AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics
8 Radeon RX Vega CUs
Up to 1100 MHz
Display 15.6" 1920x1080 IPS with Touch
Memory 8 GB (4+4) DDR4-2400
12 GB (4+8) DDR4-2400
16 GB (8+8) DDR4-2400
Storage Up to 512 GB SSD
Up to 1 TB HDD
Up to 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Wireless Intel 802.11ac w/Bluetooth 4.2
I/O 1 USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 with DP 1.2 and Power
2 USB 3.0
1 HDMI
Headset Jack
Power 65W AC Adapter
55.8 Wh Battery
Dimensions 14.16" x 9.8" x 0.77"
Weight 4.75 lbs
Starting Price $699 with 8GB DRAM + 1TB HDD

So when this laptop initially went on sale, the base configuration (8GB of memory, 1TB HDD) was being sold with an additional discount for $599 total. Very quickly it seems that the deal ran out, as well as the 8GB memory configuration. Currently, the website offers the 12GB memory configuration, still with the 1TB storage option, but for $805 and shipping set for 11/27. Obviously, this price is not as lucrative as the $599 price, but seems more than reasonable when compared to the Intel version. The Intel version, when not running a brand new $200 discount, features a Core i7-8550U with HD630 graphics, the same DRAM/storage combo, but with a non-IR enabled camera, for $930. It would be interesting to see how they match up in CPU performance, gaming performance, and power consumption.

I am told we have a unit incoming for review. Watch this space.

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  • SquarePeg - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - link

    You do realize that the MX150 has a TDP of 23 watts right? An Intel i7-8550U plus MX150 would have a combined TDP of 38 watts versus an APU with a TDP of 15 watts. Reply
  • vladx - Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - link

    That doesn't matter, they compete in the same budget-oriented market. Reply
  • ABR - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    If the AMD version lasts 30% longer on battery, it'll matter. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    All else remaining equal the APU would offer: Better battery life, lower "skin temp", and less noise. Also, price. The i7-8550u equipped model with an MX150 seem to be priced roughly $150 more. That's not zero, and neither model (when equipped with an SSD) is "budget" in the traditional sense. Reply
  • vladx - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    I wasn't talking about MX150 HP Envy vs Vega HP Envy, they obviously don't match price wise. But you're delusional if you think we won't get cheaper laptops offers with the MX150 in the future. Reply
  • neblogai - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    AMD can live with lower profit margins than Intel, thus it can sell APUs cheaper. Note the fact that Intel+mx150 means extra price of dGPU core, plus GDDR5 memory, plus more complicated cooling, compared with just the APU price. So AMD with this APU can easily take over the segment of 920-940mx price-wise. Maybe even compete at higher price level of mx150, although that would need a less efficient 65W RR part with all 11CUs enabled. Reply
  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    Nice try... you even mentioned the MX150 and said "if it can't beat it, it's a total failure" and then when someone pointed out the massive TDP difference you said "that doesn't matter, they compete in the same budget-oriented market". Keep backpedaling. The APU is cheaper, uses less power, etc. ilt24's correction was right - the more expensive and hungrier i7 + MX150 is not a fair comparison.

    With that being said, if an OEM released a 25W configured 2700U that would be a lot more interesting for me, even though it would STILL have lower TDP.
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  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    Oh, and pricewise Nvidia can't go much lower so I hope you're banking on an i7 pricedrop from Intel. Otherwise start looking at i5 and i3 "U" models to pair with that MX150. Reply
  • Etern205 - Sunday, November 26, 2017 - link

    The envy x360 with mx150 comes with a 90w adapter, while the one with just intel hd comes with a 65w adapter. Reply
  • Mil0 - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - link

    It's pretty close, given that it's only got 15W to work with. The R7 has 25% more CUs and almost 20% more clockspeed, so combined 48% more performance - enough to beat the 'm150. Reply

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