LG announces new gram 16, 17 with 12th Gen Intel CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 2050 graphics

Lg Gram 17 2021
Lg Gram 17 2021 (Image credit: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • LG just announced refreshes of its gram 16 and 17 laptops.
  • The new LG gram 16 and 17 run on 12th Gen Intel Core processors and optional NVIDIA RTX 2050 graphics.
  • Starting in April 2022, the new LG laptops will be available in Korea.

LG just announced new versions of its gram 16 and gram 17 laptops. The devices feature 12th Gen Intel Core processors and optional NVIDIA RTX 2050 graphics. LG promises 70% speed improvements over the previous generation when comparing Intel Core i7 models. The new gram laptops also have PCIe 4.0 SSDs, which are 22% faster than their predecessors (via GSMArena).

The new LG gram 16 and LG gram 17 will be available in April 2022 in South Korea. The gram 16 starts at KRW 2.29 million (roughly $1,882), while the gram 17 starts at KRW 2.39 million (roughly $1,964). LG did not specify if or when the new grams would ship to the United States or other regions.

While the jump from 11th Gen to 12th Gen Intel graphics will bring a performance boost, the bigger news is the option to have RTX 2050 graphics in either of the gram laptops. Previous generations of the gram only had Intel Iris Xe graphics, which are fine for day-to-day productivity but struggle with heavier workloads.

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CategoryLG gram 16LG gram 17
Display16:10, 2560 x 1,600, IPS LCD, 99% DCI-P3, anti-glareRow 0 - Cell 2
ProcessorIntel Core i5Intel Core i5Intel Core i7
GraphicsIntel Iris XeOptional NVIDIA RTX 2050Row 2 - Cell 2
MemoryUp 32GB LDDR5 RAMRow 3 - Cell 2
StorageUp to 256GB PCIe 4 SSDRow 4 - Cell 2
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.1Row 5 - Cell 2
Ports1x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 with Thunderbolt 4 and USB Power Delivery, HDMI, 3.5 mm audio, microSDRow 6 - Cell 2
AudioSpeakers, HeadphonesRow 7 - Cell 2
Battery80Wh (Iris Xe)90Wh (RTX 2050), 65W chargingRow 8 - Cell 2
Weight1,285 g2.8 lbs1,435 g3.2 lbs

Source: LG via GSMArena (Image credit: Source: LG via GSMArena)

The bumped-up specs should allow creators to use the new gram 16 and 17 for photo editing and some video editing, depending on specific workloads. RAM options go up to 32GB of LPDDR5 or you can opt for just 8GB of memory.

Both new LG gram laptops have 16:10 aspect ratios with 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. They're IPS displays that cover 99% DCI-P3.

Preorders for the new grams start on April 11, 2022 and end on April 22, 2022. If you preorder one of the laptops in that timeframe, you'll get a gram+view portable monitor, a gram mouse, and some other bonus items.

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