HP today announces plans to upgrade its OMEN 15 gaming laptops with NVIDIA’s next-generation GeForce GPUs, a display panel featuring a 240 Hz refresh rate, and a new WiFi 6 (802.11ax) controller. Planning to release the updated models in a piecemeal fashion, in February the company will release OMEN 15 notebooks powered by NVIDIA’s new GeForce graphics boards. Then in July the manufacturer will start adding the rather unique display panels as well as the new Wi-Fi controller to the OMEN 15 family.

The OMEN 15 by HP, as the company prefers to officially call this product, is a ‘classic’ 15.6-inch gaming laptop that comes in relatively thick 2.48 cm (0.98 inch) chassis and weighs 2.38 kg (5.26 lb). The enclosure enables HP to install a fairly sophisticated dual-fan cooling systems with large radiators and four thick heat pipes capable of dissipating well over 100 W of heat. The cooler allows HP to install processors as high as Intel’s six-core Core i7-8750H processor (45 W) and NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU (80 W – 90 W), which is what's features in the company's current OMEN 15 machines.

Other specs of today's OMEN 15 system are in-line with contemporary high-end laptops: up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667, a hybrid storage subsystem (SSD + HDD), Thunderbolt 3, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and so on. Being aimed at enthusiasts, OMEN 15 offers a single-panel access to the compartment where SO-DIMMs, M.2 SSD, and HDD are located for easier upgrades.

 

The exact same chassis will be used for the upcoming OMEN 15 machines. First up, in February HP will start to offer NVIDIA’s hereto-unannounced next-generation GeForce mobile GPUs. The machines will otherwise use the same parts as those available today, but will provide better graphics performance and modern features thanks to the the next-generation graphics processors based on NVIDIA’s latest architecture.

Meanwhile, starting in July, HP will offer an optional Full-HD TN display panel featuring a 240 Hz refresh rate and a 4 ms response time, improving upon the 144 Hz LCDs available today. Coupled with NVIDIA’s next-gen GeForce with Max-Q design, these new OMEN 15 laptops will provide experience akin to that on modern gaming desktops with monitors aimed at hardcore/professional gamers. Besides new display panels, the refreshed OMEN 15 will also be offered with 802.11ax or Gigabit-class 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapters, but HP isn't naming the hardware vendor(s) they're using at this time.

To sum up, HP has plans to significantly upgrade its OMEN 15 gaming laptops in the coming months. OMEN 15 machines with NVIDIA's next-gen GPUs will start at $1,370, while prices for the revised models to be released in July have yet to be announced.

General Specifications of HP's 2019 OMEN 15
  OMEN Laptop 15-dc1030nr
Display Size 15.6"
Type  IPS
Resolution 1920×1080
Brightness ? cd/m²
Color Gamut ?
Refresh Rate 60 Hz
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H - 6C/12T, 2.2 - 4.1 GHz, 9 MB cache, 45 W
Graphics Integrated UHD Graphics 620 (24 EUs)
Discrete NVIDIA's next-generation GeForce for notebooks
RAM 16 GB dual-channel DDR4-2667
Storage Single Drive ?
Dual Drive 128 GB M.2 SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD
Card Reader SD card reader
Wi-Fi + Bluetooth Realtek 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2 with MU-MIMO) Bluetooth 4.2
Thunderbolt 1 × USB Type-C TB3 port
USB 3 × USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
GbE Yes
Webcam Front-facing HP Wide Vision HD Webcam
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, TRRS audio jack, trackpad, etc.
Battery Default 70 Wh
Dimensions Thickness 24.89 mm | 0.98 inch
Width 35.99 cm | 14.17 inch
Depth 26.67 cm | 10.5 inch
Weight (average) 2.38 kilograms | 5.31 lbs
Operating System Windows 10

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Source: HP

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  • ScouserPcgamer - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    Looks nice the spec, but would of liked to see an upgrade to Intel 9th Gen Mobile if they get at announced at CES 2019 and per key RGB as well, looks like therr will be an RTX mobile GPU Reply
  • Opencg - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    240hz in laptops nice. I personally prefer to get closer to the desktop variant of the gpu and cpu. This 1070 is 90w where desktops are 150w (or more) and other slightly thicker laptops are 120w-150w.

    Same thing with the intel cpu. You want a k variant cpu and not the max-q gpu. Otherwise it could be alot slower than you thought you were getting when you saw gtx 1070 and i7-8750. Not to mention it might throttle. Would always check forums before buying a gaming laptop.
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  • ScouserPcgamer - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    I know a 1070-MaxQ is less performance than a 1070 laptop or 1070 desktop, but as been rumours in regards to Intel 9th gen CPU would think that HP would combine that with RTx mobile GPU, but neither product has officially been announced by Intel or Nivida Reply
  • zodiacfml - Sunday, January 06, 2019 - link

    Nice specs but not the perfect time to buy a gaming laptop considering 7nm is coming for AMD. Mobile parts might arrive next year though. Reply
  • Zingam - Monday, January 07, 2019 - link

    AMD and mobile part - don't make me laugh! AMD has no history of making any even slightly descent mobile parts. They even sold their mobile GPU tech long time ago.

    The only perfect time to buys something is when you need it anyway. So don't count on AMD about that. BTW every laptop that I had failed because of the ATI/AMD GPU and one of the laptops had a Athlon 64 dual core - it was slow but I didn't need but it kept me warm during the long cold winters.
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