CES 2018: HP Announces Unique Alexa-enabled PC

Frank Lenk


Published: 01/12/2018 04:57:00 PM EST in CES 2018

CES 2018: HP Announces Unique Alexa-enabled PC

At CES, HP announced a variety of new computing devices, including a unique speaker-shaped PC with Amazon Alexa built in.

The HP Pavilion Wave is a PC shaped like a small, slightly triangular tower speaker. Amazon Alexa support is built-in. A 360-degree reflective audio setup lets the device project sound and hear commands from any direction, while an LED indicator shows whether Alexa is listening. Users can also access Windows Cortana assistant using voice.

Processing is courtesy Intel 7th Generation chips, supported by up to 16GB of memory, and optional AMD R9 470M graphics. Audio is designed in collaboration with B&O Play. The HP Pavilion Wave is expected to ship in the Spring, starting at $549.99 USD.

The HP Spectre x360 15 is billed as "the world's most powerful convertible PC." Two internal configurations are available. One has an 8th Generation Intel Core 17 8705G processor with Radeon RX Vega M graphics, and is rated for up to 12 hours battery life, with a 50% charge taking 30 minutes. The other has an 8th Generation Intel Quad-core processor with Nvidia GeForce MX 150 graphics, offering up to 13.5 hours of batter life, taking a 90% charge in 90 minutes.

Built on an aluminum chassis, the Spectre x360 15 is 19.5mm high and weighs 4.62 lbs. It will be available in Dark Ash Silver with Copper Luxe accents. The 15.6-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 4 touchscreen supports an optional HP Tilt Pen. The Spectre x360 15 will start at $1,369.99 USD, and will be available via HP.com and Best Buy starting March 18.

The HP Envy x2 is termed an "Always-Connected PC." It's 7.9mm thick and weighs 1.69lbs. The 12.3-inch WUXGA display uses Corning Gorilla Glass 4. It's powered by Intel 7th Generation Core Y-Series processors, with up to 256GB PCIe SSD storage and 8GB LPDDR3 memory. A "leather-like" textured case integrates adjustable stand, to allow the device to be used in laptop, reading and tablet modes. Availability is slated for Spring, and pricing is TBA.

The Omen X 65 Big Format Gaming Display is a 65-inch 4K UHD display with HDR-10 support. It runs at up to 120Hz refresh, with support for Nvidia G-Sync variable-sync technology. It's scheduled to be available in the fall. Pricing TBA.

Omen Game Stream lets gamers play triple-A games by connecting to their Omen gaming PC from any Windows 10 device. This feature is expected to start shipping on HP Omen gaming PCs this spring.

The HP Z 3D Camera lets artists, designers and game developers create 3D digital images from real objects. The device attaches to the back of a monitor. Users rotate objects beneath it, and software constructs a 3D view. The HP Z 3D Camera is scheduled to be available in the US only, starting in March, for $599 USD.





Article Tags:  HP, Pavilion, Amazon, Alexa, Envy, Spectre, laptop, Windows, Windows 10, Omen, CES, CES 2018

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