AMD’s Ryzen 4000 mobile processors power some of the lightest and most power-efficient notebooks on the market. Although the Renoir parts completely murder competing Intel products, some OEMs are still selling them at discounted prices. One notable example is the HP Envy x360. Both the Intel and AMD variants are on sale with a neat $50 discount.
As you can see, the base variant with a Ryzen 3 4300U is going for $649 instead of $699. HP’s x360 notebooks are some of the best ultrabook-class products with a multi-touch screen, 400 nits of screen brightness and dual-channel DDR4-3200 RAM. The stripped-down model comes with 256GB of NVMe SSD storage and 8GB DDR4-3200 dual-channel memory. The x360 comes with HP’s signature pen for use with the touch-display. The laptop has a 3-cell, 51 Wh Li-ion polymer battery.
It’s important to note that the Intel Ice Lake counterpart costs another $150 despite featuring worse internals. Not only is the Core i5-1035G1 slower than the Ryzen 3 4300U in most workloads, the 7nm Vega graphics featured on the latter are also more powerful than Intel’s Gen11 offering. That’s not it though. The Intel variant also comes with a relatively sub-standard display and lesser memory bandwidth. Where the Renoir variant features dual-channel memory and 400 nits of screen brightness, its’ Intel counterpart comes with 8GB of single-channel memory and 250 nits screen. To get the same display as the AMD model, you need to pay another $80 which pushes up the price to $879. That’s $200 more than Ryzen alternative!