HP has introduced its new ENVY 13 premium laptops based on Intel’s Core i-series Kaby Lake processors. The notebooks resemble their predecessors featuring Skylake CPUs, but naturally offer all the advantages that Intel’s latest chips have, including higher performance and better energy efficiency. Other notable enhancements over the predecessors are a new battery and a USB Type-C port. In addition, HP reduced the starting price of the ENVY 13 to $849, down from $899 in case of the previous-gen model.

The HP ENVY 13 2016 uses exactly the same chassis as its predecessor released a few years ago. The PCs feature lifted hinge design to enable more comfortable typing (says HP, others may disagree) and are made of machined aluminum and magnesium. As for weight and dimensions, they are up to 12.95 mm thick and they weigh up to 1.49 kilograms (3.3 lb) depending on the actual configuration. Display panels of the ENVY also remained the same: HP offers a choice between a QHD+ (3200×1800) IPS panel (with or without touch support) and an FHD (1920×1080) IPS panel.

Internally, the HP ENVY 13 also resembles its ancestor with 8 GB of DRAM (optionally upgradeable to 16 GB), 128 GB SATA AHCI or 256 GB/512 GB/1 TB PCIe NVMe SSDs. The new HP ENVY 13 is also equipped with a 802.11ac 2×2 Wi-Fi + BT 4.1 controller, a backlit keyboard, a webcam and so on. Among external ports, the ENVY 13 offers one USB 3.0 Type-C, two USB 3.0 Type-A, an HDMI output, a TRRS connector as well as a microSD card reader.

The key improvement of HP’s ENVY 13 over previous-gen model is its processor: the manufacturer offers to install either the Intel Core i7-7500U or the Intel Core i5-7200U with Intel’s HD Graphics 620. The new CPUs feature higher frequencies, considerably improved video encoding/decoding engine, refined graphics as well as Speed Shift v2 technology, which should make the new ENVY 13 snappier and more responsive in general. It is also noteworthy that HP uses hyperbaric chamber cooling for its premium notebooks (ENVY 13, Spectre, etc.), so, everything should run more or less cool and quiet.

Yet another improvement of this year’s ENVY 13 is the new 57.8 Wh battery, up from 45 Wh on the previous-gen models. The higher battery capacity along with improved energy efficiency of Intel’s new CPUs will naturally prolong battery life of the new ENVY 13 laptops: HP claims about up to 14 hours, but everything depends on actual configuration and usage model (a notebook with a QHD+ display will not last that long).

Finally, HP decided to lower the price of the entry level ENVY 13 (Core i5-7200U, 8 GB of RAM, 128 GB SSD, an FHD panel, etc.) to $849, down from $899. The machines with higher performance and better displays will naturally retail at higher price points, when they hit the market in the coming weeks.

Source: HP via Lilliputing.

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  • quiksilvr - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    I wonder if you can charge with USB-C. I really detest the fact that laptop makers don't just give up on their proprietary chargers and just put a USB-C port on either side of their laptop and use it for charging. It is time to move on and have open formats. Get USB-C data and power on monitors, on laptops, on as much stuff under 100W as possible.
  • Meteor2 - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    This! That USB-C port looks rather wasted. No alt modes, PD, not even USB 3 gen 2.
  • sharath.naik - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Couple of mistakes.
    1. Those silver keys why?
    2. QHD+ (3200×1800) is an overkill and will make everything blurry (those with DPI scaling will know how bad). for 15 inch or below screen "2560x1440" is the readable resolution and is as sharp as it can get (as you wont need DPI scalling).
    3. every laptop should have touch fingure print reader not swipe. No-Excuse.
  • Ej24 - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    The 3200x1800 on my Yoga 2 pro begs to differ. I can't stand to use my gf's first gen x1 carbon at 1600x900 (exactly 1/4 the pixels in the same screen size). The x1 carbon looks like a blurry disaster by comparison. Scaling does not make things blurry. Everything is crystal clear. Have you ever used a real high resolution ultrabook outside the poorly configured floor models at best buy?
  • polygon_21 - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    Have you tried using the windows 10 dpi fix ?
  • tipoo - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    It's bizarre that we still have to.
  • Lolimaster - Friday, October 14, 2016 - link

    What they need to 1st is get rid of the 16:9 for computers, and embrace again 16:10 or even better, options with 3:2.

    The notebooks look retarded with so much unused space in their "top" part by using a 16:9. Macbooks Pros are the only option.
  • ikjadoon - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    Wow. That 29% battery increase! How did that happen? GOOD stuff, HP.
  • jsntech - Thursday, October 13, 2016 - link

    If I'm seeing it right, does that "lifted hinge" result in the bottom edge of the display sticking down below the plane of the body/keyboard and therefore digging into your legs/lap? It may sound silly, but I've had to return devices for this reason. I could hardly believe at this late date that stuff like that could get through the HCI design phase, but when screens do that it's actually painful to have it on your lap for extended periods of time.
  • blzd - Sunday, October 16, 2016 - link

    I don't think you're supposed to actually use them on your lap though. Especially not for extended periods.

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