In October, AMD announced that its eagerly anticipated Ryzen Mobile APUs (Zen meets Vega, codenamed 'Raven Ridge') would debut in a number of ultrathin, ultraportable devices. AMD teased that we could be enjoying "gaming on the go in an ultrathin" by Q1 2018. However, as Anandtech reports, one of the trio of examples shown off by AMD last month is already available to purchase in store and online: the HP Envy 360 convertible with AMD Ryzen 5 2500U.
HP is selling its Envy x360 with Ryzen Mobile via its own portal ($804.99) but the convertible is also available in store and online at BestBuy ($749.99) in the US. AMD CEO Lisa Su popped around to her local Best Buy to purchase one of the new machines for the purpose of a Tweet, as you can see below. If you are wondering if Ms Su should have grabbed one of these machines for free, she explains that she buys them "as gifts for friends and family".
What do you get for this money? Let's look at the base specs (upgrade options in brackets).
- AMD Ryzen 5 2500U quad-core SoC, with four Zen Cores running at up to 3.6GHz and Vega 8 graphics with 512SPs running at up to 1.1GHz, TDP of 15W.
- 15.6-inch Full HD multitouch screen for hands-on control, and built for Windows Ink
- 360° flip-and-fold design
- Weighs 4.74 lbs = 2.15kg and measures 0.8" = 20mm thin
- 8GB system memory (12GB, 16GB)
- 1TB SATA hard drive (multiple options with additional M.2 SSD storage available)
- 3-cell, 55.8Wh fast charge battery - video playback up to 7 hours and 15 minutes
- Interfaces including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, card reader, Headphone/microphone combo jack, 1x USB Type-C port, 2x SuperSpeed 10Gbs USB 3.1 ports, HDMI out
- Built-in webcam plus 2x microphones
- Dual speakers
Apparently there was an early bird discount available with the above base spec listed at $599. Unfortunately that's sold out rather quick but does show some latitude for price deductions once this machine has been available for a month or two and competitor machines arrive - after Xmas perhaps.
Ryzen Mobile SoC