LG's new mobile systems combine Haswell CPUs, 1080p IPS displays

The Consumer Electronics Show doesn't begin until next week, but companies have already started teasing the new devices set to be on display. LG is rumored to have a WebOS-powered TV up its sleeve. We haven't heard any official details about that product yet, but perhaps to divert our attention, the company has announced a couple of new mobile systems.

The Tab-Book 2 is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch. This convertible tablet features an 11.6" display and a keyboard that slides out from the bottom. The design reminds me of MSI's slider, and the specifications are similar. Both systems have 1080p IPS displays, Haswell-based Core i5 processors, and solid-state storage. The Tab-Book 2 is thinner and lighter, though; it weighs 2.3 lbs and measures 0.66" thick.

LG is also prepping a slimmer version of the Tab-Book 2 that shaves 0.25 lbs and 0.12" off the chassis. That model's display appears to be unchanged, but the internals have likely been downgraded. I wouldn't be surprised to see that system sporting a Bay Trail chip.

On the more traditional notebook front, LG is prepping an 13.3" Ultra PC 13Z940 that weighs 2.2 lbs and measures 0.54" thick. The IPS panel has a 1080p resolution, and LG says the surrounding bezel is just 0.17" wide. Looks good to me.

As one might expect, there's a Haswell processor under the hood. The chip is a Core i5, but we don't know which model. The only other detail mentioned by the press release is the storage configuration, which offers users a choice between 128 and 256GB SSDs.

LG doesn't say how much these new mobile machines will cost or when they'll be available. More details will likely be revealed during CES, which kicks off in Las Vegas on January 7.

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