What’s the difference between the HP Spectre x360 13, Spectre x360 14, and Spectre x360 15?

What’s the difference between the HP Spectre x360 13, Spectre x360 14, and Spectre x360 15?

The HP Spectre x360 is one of the most well-known families of devices in the Windows space. These convertible laptops have stunning premium designs, great displays, and of course, the versatility of being convertible. All this makes them an easy recommendation, which is why you’ll find Spectre laptops not only among HP’s best laptops, but the best laptops in general. However, HP makes a few different versions of the Spectre x360, including the 13, 14, 15, and 16-inch models.

If you’re looking to buy one of these laptops, it’s good to know the differences between each size. Of course, the screen size is the most obvious difference, but there’s a bit more to it. First off, if you want a quick comparison of each model, you can check out all the specs for each laptop in the table below. Keep in mind that the HP Spectre x360 16 isn’t available to buy yet, so information is somewhat limited. However, there are plenty of comparison points already.

Specs

HP Spectre x360 Specs

HP Spectre x360 13HP Spectre x360 14HP Spectre x360 15HP Spectre x360 16
Processor
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (up to 4.2GHz, 4-core)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (up to 4.6GHz, 4-core)
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 (up to 4.2GHz, 4-core)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (up to 4.6GHz, 4-core)
  • Intel Core i7-1195G7 (up to 5GHz, 4-core)
  • Intel Core i7-1165G7 (up to 4.6GHz, 4-core)
  • Up to Intel Core i7-11390H (up to 5GHz, 4-core)
Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
RAM
  • 8GB
  • 16GB
  • 8GB
  • 16GB
  • 16GB
TBD
Storage
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
  • 256GB
  • 512GB
  • 1TB
  • 2TB
TBD
Display
  • 13.3 inch IPS, Full HD (1920 x 1080), HP Sure View, touch
  • 13.3 inch OLED, 4K (3840 x 2160), 400 nits
  • 13.5 inch IPS, Full HD+ (1920 x 1280), touch, 400 nits
  • 13.5 inch IPS, Full HD+ (1920 x 1280), HP Sure View, touch, 1000 nits
  • 13.5 inch OLED, 3K2K (3000 x 2000), touch, 400 nits
  • 15.6 inch AMOLED, 4K (3840 x 2160), touch, 400 nits
  • 16 inch IPS, 3072 x 1920, touch
  • 16 inch AMOLED, 4K, touch
Audio
  • Dual stereo speakers
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • Quad stereo speakers
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
  • Quad stereo speakers
  • Audio by Bang & Olufsen
TBD
Webcam
  • 720p webcam
  • 720p webcam
  • 720p webcam
  • 5MP/1080p GlamCam webcam
  • Auto Frame, Lighting correction, beauty mode
Biometric security
  • Windows Hello IR camera
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Windows Hello IR camera
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Windows Hello IR camera
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Windows Hello IR camera
  • Fingerprint reader
Battery60Wh battery66Wh battery72.9Wh batteryTBD
Ports
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • 1 USB Type-A port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD card reader
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • 1 USB Type-A port
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD card reader
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • 1 USB Type-A port
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD card reader
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports
  • 1 USB Type-A port
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • microSD card reader
Connectivity
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2×2), Bluetooth 5
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2×2), Bluetooth 5
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 (2×2), Bluetooth 5
TBD
Colors
  • Nightfall Black
  • Poseidon Blue
  • Natural Silver
  • Nightfall Black
  • Poseidon Blue
  • Natural Silver
  • Nightfall Black
  • Poseidon Blue
  • Nightfall Black
  • Nocturne Blue
Size (WxDxH)12.08 x 7.66 x 0.67 in (306.8 x 194.6 x 17 mm)11.75 x 8.67 x 0.67 in (298.5 x 220.2 x 17mm)14.17 x 8.91 x 0.79 in (359.9 x 226.3 x 20mm)TBD
WeightStarting at 2.8lbsStarting at 2.95lbsStarting at 4.23lbsTBD
Starting price$900.99$999.99$1,399.99$1,639

With the basic specs out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the biggest differences between these four models.

HP Spectre x360 display and sound

Let’s start with the most obvious difference between these models, which are indicated in the name. Each model of the Spectre x360 comes with different display size, but there’s more to it than that. The lineup initially consisted of the Spectre x360 13 and Spectre x360 15, with 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch display sizes, respectively. Both of these models have the same 16:9 aspect ratio, which is still the most common display format. Both can also be configured with up to an AMOLED 4K (3840 x 2160) display.

The Spectre x360 14, however, comes with a 13.5-inch display and a 3:2 aspect ratio. This is a taller screen compared to the other two, and that means you have more surface area on the screen. Screen sizes are measured diagonally, but with a four-sided shape, the closer you get to a square, the bigger the surface area is relative to that diagonal size. Because of that, even though the Spectre x360 14 is only slightly larger than the Spectre x360 13, it’s going to feel significantly bigger when you’re using it.

HP Spectre x360 series

HP Spectre x360 13, 14, and 15

Because of its uncommon aspect ratio, instead of aiming for 4K resolution, the top configuration of the Spectre x360 14 has a 3K2K (3000 x 2000) display. That’s technically worse, but in a display of this size, it’s already sharper than you need.

Finally, there’s the most recent Spectre x360 16, which takes some lessons from the x360 14. This one comes with a 16:10 aspect ratio, which is somewhere between 16:9 and 3:2 in terms of shape. It’s still taller than your average screen, and that means more surface area, on top f already being a large display in the first place. In terms of resolution, HP initially announced a model with 3072 x 1920 resolution, and the company’s website also mentions a 4K OLED display without a specific resolution. Until the laptop is fully available, it’s unclear what that resolution will be.

Woman sitting and using HP Spectre x360 16

As for sound, the Spectre x360 13 comes with dual stereo speakers, while both the Spectre x360 14 and 15 have four speakers for stereo sound. With more power behind them these speakers are likely going to get you a more immersive sound experience compared to the smallest model. We don’t know what speaker setup the Spectre x360 16 will use, but it’s likely going to be on par with the two smaller models.

CPU and GPU

Another big difference between these models, specifically for the new Spectre x360 16, has to do with the processors inside. The Spectre x360 13, 14, and 15 all have 15W Intel processors inside and they use the integrated Iris Xe graphics. These processors are ideal for thin and light laptops and mobile users, so it makes sense to see them in smaller laptops. However, that does mean performance isn’t going to be as good, especially sustained performance.

There are some minor differences between these models, such as the Spectre x360 14 featuring an Intel Core i7-1195G7 in a specific model at Best Buy, which the other sizes don’t have. Also, there’s no Intel Core i5 version available for the Spectre x360 15 at writing time. However, these are all still in the same ballpark. The HP Spectre x360 used to come with optional 45W processors, but those models were never updated with 11th-generation processors and have been discontinued.

HP Spectre x360 Silver

With the Spectre x360 16, HP is introducing a model with Intel’s H35-series processors, which have a base power rating of 35W. These processors are still quad-core, but they can boost higher and keep those speeds up for longer thanks to the higher power rating. They also still keep Intel Iris Xe graphics. However, the HP Spectre x360 16 will also include optional discrete NVIDIA graphics, specifically a GeForce RTX 3050. If you want to play some games on the side or do creative work, that makes the 16-inch model easily the best of the bunch.

HP Spectre x360 webcam

Another aspect that’s worth highlighting is the webcam. With the Spectre x360 13, 14, and 15, HP decided to shrink the bezels as much as possible and to do that, it uses a tiny webcam above the screen. That camera has 720p resolution, but most importantly, it’s very small, so it doesn’t take in a lot of light and images can look grainy, even with good lighting.

But for the new Spectre x360 16, the webcam is a big focus, and it’s actually very promising. HP is using a 5MP camera, which is a much higher resolution than the other ones. Not only that, but this one is packing some smart features like lighting correction, auto framing, and a beauty mode. If you want to look your best during meetings, this is definitely the better option, unless you plan on buying an external webcam.

Woman standing in front of HP Spectre x360 16

Video call on the HP Spectre x360 16

One thing that all these webcams have is Windows Hello support, so you’re good to go with any of them.

Design and connectivity

The last big aspect to go over is the overall design and appearance of these laptops, as well as their ports. Obviously, the size of each model also depends on the screen size, so the models with bigger screens are bigger and heavier. But there’s a bit more beyond the obvious.

The three smallest sizes of the Spectre x360 all come in striking dual-tone designs. One is Nightfall Black, which combines black surfaces with copper accents around the edges, and the other is Poseidon Blue, combining dark blue surfaces with gold accents. The Spectre x360 13 and 14 also come in a single-tone Natural Silver option.

The Spectre x360 16, on the other hand, only comes in single color versions. The Nightfall Black variant is black all around, and there’s a Nocturne Blue version that’s also completely blue with no accents. Aside from the color, the Spectre x360 also seems to use more rounded edges and corners compared to the sharp angular designs of the smaller models.

As for ports, the Spectre x360 lineup is split halfway. The Spectre x360 13 and 14 both have two Thunderbolt 4 ports, one USB Type-A port, a headphone jack, and a microSD card reader, while the Spectre x360 15 and 16 have all of those ports plus an HDMI 2.0b port for display output. Some differences exist in the placement of the ports, specifically with the 15-inch model being the only one to have the USB Type-A port on the right side.

On the matter of connectivity, it’s also worth pointing out that the HP Spectre x360 13 is the only model that comes with cellular network support. HP officially announced the laptop with 5G support; However, there doesn’t seem to be a configuration option that actually includes 5G as of yet. You may want to check out our list of the best 5G laptops if that’s a feature you need.

Something else that’s worth mentioning is that the position of the fingerprint reader, which is also available on all models. In the Spectre x360 13 and 15, the fingerprint reader is below the keyboard on the base of the laptop. With the newer Spectre x360 14 and 16, the fingerprint reader is on the keyboard, next to the right Ctrl key.


And those are all the main differences between the HP Spectre x360 13, 14, 15 and 16. These are all great laptops in their own right, but there may be things you appreciate in a specific size more than others. For performance, the newly-announced Spectre x360 16 is easily the best of the bunch thanks to 35W CPUs and dedicated graphics. Design-wise, though, you might prefer the dual-tone aesthetic of the smaller models. There are good arguments either way, and a lot of it comes down to personal taste.

If you’ve made your decision, you can buy your favorite model using the links below.

    HP Spectre x360 13
    The HP Spectre x360 13 is the smallest and the most compact notebook from the series offering a premium design and the latest 11th-gen Intel processor options.

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João Carrasqueira
João Carrasqueira

Writer at XDA Computing. I've been covering the world of technology since 2018, but I've loved the field for a lot longer. And I have a weird affinity for Nintendo videogames, which I'm always happy to talk about.