GPU Performance

Intel’s integrated graphics architecture has been somewhat stale for the last several generations, with small tweaks, and new media blocks, but no real performance increases or efficiency gains. The Intel UHD 615 in the HP Spectre Folio is further limited by an even more restrictive TDP.

Intel has been investing heavily in GPU recently though, and hopefully their next GPU architecture will address some of these shortcomings. But today we’ll see how the UHD 615 stacks up. Some laptops, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad A285, offer integrated AMD Vega graphics, and the Huawei MateBook X Pro features a low-powered NVIDIA GPU in the MX150, with the latest Huawei bumping that to the MX250.


Futuremark 3DMark Fire Strike

Futuremark 3DMark Sky Diver

Futuremark 3DMark Cloud Gate

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Graphics

Futuremark 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited - Physics

UL’s 3DMark offers different tasks with varying levels of complexity. Fire Strike is the most difficult we run on our laptop workloads, then Sky Diver, Cloud Gate, and Ice Storm Unlimited, the latter of which can also be run on tablets and smartphones. With just a 5-Watt TDP, the UHD 615 just can’t compete against the higher-powered laptops in our database.


GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins Normal 1080p Offscreen

GFXBench 5.0 Aztec Ruins High 1440p Offscreen

Our second synthetic test is the latest from Kishonti and the latest Aztec Ruins tests utilize DX12. Despite the newer API, the HP still falls in at the bottom of this list.

Dota 2

Dota 2 Reborn - Value

Looking at a real-world 3D game, Valve’s Dota 2 is a great test for low-end machines, since it is playable across a wide variety of hardware. It utilizes DX11 for its API, and we’ve tested it on our value settings which are 1366x768 with all of the effects disabled.

Dota 2 can be surprisingly CPU bound. This doesn’t exactly help the Spectre Folio though, since the CPU and GPU are both sharing the same 5-Watt TDP, and therefore one has to make way for the other. The result is not great framerate, although the game is still playable at 44 FPS.

Storage Performance

HP offers a wide selection of SSD options, from 256 GB all the way up to a massive 2 TB. All of the SSDs are NVMe PCIe based as well. The review unit features a Samsung PM961 based SSD which is 256 GB.

Performance is quite good, even with this being the smallest SSD available. Larger SSDs will of course bring more performance as well with the extra NAND offering more parallel channels for data access.

System Performance Display Analysis
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  • ingwe - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I really like the looks of it. I am curious how it will wear though.

    Overall it feels just a bit too expensive for what it is. I like the idea that it is convertible, has great battery life, has an LTE modem, and doesn't sacrifice too much performance (though it definitely isn't fast). At $1000 I feel like it would be amazing.
  • wr3zzz - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I've had the Folio for a few months now and while I am not a road warrior anymore the leather wears extremely well.
  • bello832 - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I will wait for the meltdown version
  • III-V - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

  • 69369369 - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - link

    ^ And this is why Anandtech should get rid of the comments section permanently.
  • Opencg - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    Ah finnaly; A passively cooled laptop in a full leather exterior.
  • RealBeast - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    Hopefully soon to be available in dominatrix red.
  • guachi - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    Wasn't overly impressed until I got to the battery life. If you aren't going to stress your system, this looks like a great laptop.
  • FwFred - Saturday, June 8, 2019 - link

    Fantastic battery life if you're always on the go.
  • HStewart - Friday, June 7, 2019 - link

    I think it would be best to skip this and get 10th generation, I have not seen anything on Y series but likely longer battery life and better performance. Yes Y series move from 5V to 9V, but Thunderbolt is integrated and higher voltage should increase performance. I serious doubt anybody would notice it.

    One thing I like about my Dell XPS 13 2in1 in compared to Dell XPS 15 2in1 is quite and extremely light - actually very similar to my old MacBook Air. The new one significantly faster but has fans.

    On this notebook, I would agree HP has bad name for it - but that is part of past now so probably does not matter. Personally I think HP has seriously lost it quality - especially from days of older calculators - I heard stories of some of original HP calculates surviving be run over on road in snow and ice. I think it was HP 25 or 29.

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