Add one more ultrabook to the pile. LG's Korean site has revealed details on its X Note Z330, whose 15-mm thickness qualifies it for entry into Intel's exclusive club of supermodel-thin notebooks. Like most members of the ultrabook crowd, the Z330 comes with a 13.3" display that pumps out 1366x768 pixels. A narrow 8-mm bezel makes the screen look larger and allows LG to squeeze the system into a chassis whose footprint measures just 12.4" x 8.5", which is only a little bit bigger than my 11.6" Acer ultraportable.
Under a brushed metal exterior that apes the circular swirl found on Asus' Zenbook, the X Note houses one of two processors: a Core i7-2637M clocked at 1.7GHz or a Core i5-2467M that runs at 1.6GHz. The former is avaialble in a Z330-GE55K configuration alongside a 256GB SSD, while the latter is paired with 128GB of solid-state storage. Those SSDs are likely responsible for the X Note's claimed boot time of less than 10 seconds.
The rest of the X Note's spec sheet yields no surprises. LG doesn't mention specifics about the system's battery, but it does claim that the Z330 will run for more than six hours on a single charge. I can't help but wonder how much more battery capacity could have been squeezed into the system had LG beefed it up to the 21-mm maximum thickness allowed by Intel's ultrabook requirements. Interestingly, it looks like ultrabooks are only required to offer five hours of battery life.
While it's unclear whether the X Note will make its way stateside, the notebook's Korean pricing isn't particularly appealing. The top model is set to sell for ₩2.6 million, which translates to over $2,300 with a direct currency conversion. Even the base model's ₩1.7-million price tag works out over $1,500. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.
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