Updated LG Gram laptops put heavy-duty power into feathery bodies

As much as we like the extra boost in performance afforded by Coffee Lake CPUs' two extra cores compared to their Kaby Lake predecessors, the benefit of extra cores to Intel's ultrabook processors is even more substantial. LG is the latest company to realize this, and it's just announced a refresh to its Gram ultrabook series that reduces the size and weight of its laptops even further despite the two extra CPU cores inside.

The Gram series includes models with 13.3", 14", and 15.6" displays. Naturally, all use IPS panels. The updated laptops use all the tricks in the book to reduce their size (like wrapping the display in an extremely slim bezel), but the real story is their weight. LG says that the casing on the new machines is entirely constructed from "Nano Carbon Magnesium." Perhaps because of that, the Gram laptops are indeed very light: 2.1 lb (0.96 kg) for the 13.3" model, 2.2 lb (1 kg) for the 14" model, and 2.4 lb for the 15.6" model (just 1.09 kg).

LG doesn't share many specifics about the hardware inside the updated Gram models. Apparently you'll be able to buy one of the lightweight laptops with an eighth-generation Core i5 or i7 processor and one or two SSDs inside. The machines come with touchscreens, fingerprint readers, and Thunderbolt 3 ports as standard equipment. The high-capacity 72 Wh battery in the new Grams should be good for a claimed 22.5 hours between charges on the the 13.3" version, 21.5 hours on the 14" model, and 19 hours on the 15.6" machine, though we expect real-life figures to be much lower.

LG will be showing the new Grams at the Consumer Electronics Show starting on January 9 in Las Vegas. The laptops should hit stores shortly after that.

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    • DataMeister
    • 2 years ago

    I’m glad to see they put the camera at the top of the screen.

      • SoM
      • 2 years ago

      yeah, they like watching when everyone jerks off to phub vids

    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    These blow my mind a little. The 15 is about the weight between the 12″ rMB and 13″ rMBP, with closer to the screen size of the 15. Not the same grade of components inside of course, but if you grew up with 7+ pound 15″ laptops for any hopes of decent performance, 2.4 pounds is crazy.

      • DavidC1
      • 2 years ago

      At this point, it starts being light enough that being a 2-in-1 device is really useful.

      Most 2-in-1s don’t do the job well of 2-in-1, because its too heavy.

      It isn’t new on the weight department. Japanese laptops have long focused on making ultra light laptops and 2-in-1s. They cost a lot though, which kept it out of consumer reach. Also, most of them are bound for Japan.

    • liquidsquid
    • 2 years ago

    Wow, even a numeric keypad. This may replace a few engineering DELL laptops soon. Those old clunkers barely make an hour of run time.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      I have the misfortune of being on an M4800, can confirm, 1 hour meeting and I practically have to run to the dock by the end.

      • jessterman21
      • 2 years ago

      OMG right?! My Precision 5510 stays on for 1hr 25min on the LOWEST brightness, just typing in OneNote in a meeting every Tuesday

        • ludi
        • 2 years ago

        You guys are comparing the performance of a few several year-old Dell workstations with equally dated and power-hungry discrete graphics, to a 2018-release Ultrabook?

          • tipoo
          • 2 years ago

          These are a year and two years old. And it was brought up in the context of these ULV quads being enough to replace them for a lot of people.

            • ludi
            • 2 years ago

            Ah okay, I guess I was thinking of an M4600 which would be about 5-6yo by now. Same criticism applies, though — the workstation Lattitudes are large, heavy, expandable, CAE/CAD-targeted machines that are designed and function as DTRs. Battery life when new is basically enough to get through a brief field presentation or work up a few design revisions while standing by the equipment rack, and not much more. Add a couple years of wear and tear on the battery and an hour is about right.

            An ultrabook is an entirely different application, and if a design like this one can handle your workflow then the M4800 was probably the wrong machine for the job in the first place, since you apparently didn’t need the dGPU, the optical drive, the expansion slots, the additional I/O…

            • tipoo
            • 2 years ago

            I know they’re not comparable, and I do need a lot of CPU performance (could probably get by without the FirePro). I just hate this thing lol, walking home for 20 minutes and being required to carry it is a pain, easily 8-10 more pounds on the back with the charger.

            The gram replacing something like this was brought up by someone else, but a 4 pound rMBP 15 could certainly replace it for me. Plenty of fast IO, high wattage quad, Radeon pro, 16GB isn’t an improvement but would stay the same, and a far faster SSD. Half the weight of mine.

            • ludi
            • 2 years ago

            Yeah, if you don’t need a dGPU there are way better options.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 2 years ago

    That’s the thing Ajit uses to post food pics?

    • davidbowser
    • 2 years ago

    I prefer [url=https://youtu.be/xpmE0Qiup3U<]Big Grams[/url<]

    • Phr3dly
    • 2 years ago

    Wow. Obviously will wait for the reviews but that looks like what the Macbook Pro should have looked like. A couple of USB-A ports, SD slot, HDMI.. Add a mag-safe clone, a $1500 pricetag, and real-world 10+ hours of battery life and I’m sold.

    Edit: From the press release: The 13.3- and 14-inch models (models 13Z980 and 14Z980) weigh just 2.12 and 2.19 pounds, respectively, while the largest 15.6-inch model (model 15Z950) weighs in at 1,095 grams.

    I guess the 13- and 14-inch models are designed for imperial countries and the 15-inch for metric customers?

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]From the press release: The 13.3- and 14-inch models (models 13Z980 and 14Z980) weigh just 2.12 and 2.19 pounds, respectively, while the largest 15.6-inch model (model 15Z950) weighs in at 1,095 grams.[/quote<] It's so wacky they can't even pick a uniform system for expressing weight!

        • Wirko
        • 2 years ago

        It is uniform. 3 1/4 ounces and three grams over one kilogram would be non-uniform.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]I guess the 13- and 14-inch models are designed for imperial countries and the 15-inch for metric customers?[/quote<] That would explain the Tie fighter and X-wing markings on the different sizes.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      If that’s true then why isn’t the 15.6″ model a 39.6-cm model? It must be for Canadians, since they do well to flip between the two.

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Wasn’t aware LG made laptops.

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