we made it. The new laptops are finally coming with both Intel and AMD variants, even in high-end models. AMD worked on its Ryzen platform for years to get to this point.
But some premium features are still reserved exclusively for Intel, due to HP’s split into its newly announced Jealousy laptop.
HP announced an updated version of its Envy x360 15 laptop, which has moved towards content creators with its sleek design and powerful inrals. On the surface, the only thing that distinguishes the Intel and AMD models is the color of the chassis, with one black and one silver.
But when you dig into the configuration, you’ll find a dirty secret: HP has reserved its most premium laptop features for Intel models only. That is, the AMOLED 4K screen will not come in the AMD option, nor the Nvidia MX450 graphics card.
If these laptops weren’t aimed at creatives, it wouldn’t be a big deal. But with 15 inches of jealousy, this is your main audience. For photographers, designers, and other content creatives, a higher-level screen and more powerful graphics are important. The base AMD configuration only comes with a 1080p screen and integrated Radeon graphics. The target market for these laptops is unlikely to woo.
This is a shame, especially when AMD provides better multi-core performance, especially in the thin-and-light laptop form factor. The Ryzen 7 5700U has eight cores and 16 threads, which are included twice in Intel’s model, which will greatly enhance the content-creation capabilities of these laptops.
There is a problem with that. Laptop brands such as HP, Dell and Lenovo are forcing customers to choose between multi-core performance and high-end laptop features. You cannot have both. It is not as important in larger laptops to use 45-watt Intel processors (which have up to eight cores), but here, the discrepancy is not taken into consideration in the buyer’s best interest.
The gaming brand has already happily adopted AMD Ryzen components in their highest-end configurations, but the rest of the industry is still lagging behind.
We are still not why laptop manufacturers are making this choice. They say that the demand for Ryzen has skyrocketed, but apparently, this is not enough to dispel the old mindset about AMD as a budget brand. In 2021, this is simply not true – and it is time we saw the available laptops we could buy.