AMOLED displays are pretty common in high-end smartphones, where they’re known for offering vivid colors, darker blacks, and high contrast ratios, among other things. But it’s a lot harder to find a laptop with an AMOLED display… in a few months there should be at least one more option though.

HP plans to begin offering an AMOLED display option for the HP Spectre 15 x360 convertible laptop this spring.

HP first launched the high-end laptop late last year, but at the time it was only available with LCD display options. That’s not surprising, since that’s true of most laptops.

The company hasn’t revealed how much the new display option will cost, but if I had to guess, I’d say “a lot.” The starting price for a model with a standard display is $1390.

HP says the AMOLED display has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, wide viewing angles, and support for 100 percent DCI-P3 color gamut, with 33 percent more colors than sRGB.

The laptop features Thunderbolt 3, USB Type-C and Type-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headset jack, and a microSD card reader and HP offers models with up to an Intel Core i7 Coffee Lake-H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics.

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6 replies on “HP’s Spectre 15 x360 is getting an AMOLED display option”

  1. So that means someone somewhere is producing a 15″ AMOLED display. I hope they do so in volume and that it ends up in basically all the high end laptop models. 15″ seems like a better choice than 13.3″ like the last panel since that size covers money-no-object workstation laptops.

    1. I’m moreso in the camp of 10″ – 12″ (maybe upto 13.3″).

      It would be most ideal to get something like an Intel i7-8560U tablet, with say 2,800mAh (~34Wh) and to use the processor frugally (downclocked 2 core 2 thread, or regular-clocked 4 core 8 thread). However, it should be thin (5-9mm) and have a few key ports (TB3, USB-A 3.2, HDMI, Headphone jack, SD slot, Stylus). Basically the concept of the Lenovo Helix, but modern.

      Then maybe have a lapdock (ala MS Surface Book) which can rotate and house the tablet in either orientation. It would add an extra (4-9mm) thickness and 65Wh/5,400mAh, for a total of around 99Wh (or 8,200mAh) battery and 9-16mm thickness. However, the keyboard-trackpad base gives not only additional battery. It would also support extra USB-ports and Ethernet port, and provide a GPU boost (GTX 1050 Ti, currently best in efficiency/tradeoff). There could even be intelligent switching for the software (eg iPad user interface, transforming into OS X user interface).

      And furthermore, there should be a TV dock where the tablet-keyboard can be docked into. This would fast charge both the units. And it would also communicate with the tablet, to enable all cores and overclock to max. The tablet will be cooled actively by the TV dock. And the TV dock would house its own eGPU (user replaceable) and HDD/SSD (user replaceable). Perhaps another intelligent switching of the software (eg OS X user interface, transforming into AppleTV user interface). That way you can have a machine that indeed, does it all.

      However, since there’s no company willing to invest in such a concept, it will remain to only be a fantasy/concept/prototype and not materialise into a commercial product. And tablets (and wearables) are largely killed anyway, people are focusing on major three products/user interfaces: Phablets, Ultrabooks, Consoles. And frankly, there’s no elegant way of combining the phonePC since even in its “mature” state, Windows10 computing on ARM is quite bad. Apple is closer to replacing their Macbook/Pro/iMacs with ARM processors than anyone else. Otherwise, you would need an Intel/x86 processor in the lapdock/keyboard base which will do the actual computing for you…. and have some sort of proprietary way to access/share your Account/Settings/Data from the Phone’s SoC to the storage and processing of the x86 keyboard base. But that’s spending double on a processor, and not as elegant solution.

      PS: The TV Dock would essentially replace your PS4, but it could replace your Gaming PC if you placed it on your desk and used a Computer Monitor instead, if that wasn’t clear already.

  2. Still have no Coffee Lake-H and 1050Ti option in canada, doubt we’ll even get it when the kabylake-g model never made it here, might as well get an xps15

    1. Will cost $3,000 CAD with Coffee Lake-H and 1050Ti. MX150 is under power for pro work.

      1. True, although the combination sounds tempting.

        Probably better to take a weekend off to the USA, pickup a unit on your return trip.
        Warranty might be an issue, but you can always take a weekend trip there before submission.

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