A rather intriguing new ultraportable has gone up for sale in Korea. The 13.3" LG Xnote P330 isn't listed on the company's website, and it's probably not destined for North America—but maybe it should be. First, there's the display, which has a delightfully thin bezel that measures just 11 mm on either side of the screen and 17 mm above it. The GPU charged with powering the display is even more impressive: a GeForce GT 555M that should run circles around the Intel integrated graphics typically associated with ultraportables. Notebook makers that splurge on discrete graphics chips typically use the lowest-end solutions they can find, but the 555M sits comfortably in the middle of Nvidia's mobile GPU family.
As one might expect, a Sandy Bridge CPU takes care of processing duties. LG squeezes a Core i5-2435M into the chassis alongside 4GB of memory and a 640GB hard drive. There's also mention of Diskeeper's ExpressCache software tied to what appears to be a 4GB mSATA solid-state drive. USB 3.0 connectivity is included, of course, and the six-cell battery is claimed to deliver 6.5 hours of web-surfing time.
The P330's ₩1,364,000 price tag translates to over $1,200, so the system probably wouldn't be cheap if it ever arrived stateside. I like the overall hardware mix, though. The thin bezel makes for a more compact footprint, even if the 3.7-lb weight is a tad hefty. There's no information on the system's overall thickness, but it's likely a little on the portly side, at least compared to an ultrabook. The CPU is a standard-voltage model with a 35W thermal envelope, which surely presents a formidable cooling challenge when combined with a reasonably potent discrete GPU. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.
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