LG refreshes Gram lineup with new processors, longer battery life
LG is refreshing its Gram lineup for 2018, bringing a processor bump and more.
The Korean tech giant took the wraps off of the latest entries in its Gram line today, revealing a trio of laptops that we'll likely see much more of at CES 2018 in January. Like their predecessors, the new Gram models put the focus on being exceptionally lightweight, but they're also seeing a bump in hardware specs as well.
The models come in 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch options, weighing in at 2.12 pounds, 2.19 pounds, and 2.41 pounds. In terms of hardware specs, LG has outfitted its latest Grams with Intel's latest eighth-generation Core i7 and i5 processors, making the all quad-core machines. That should also bring a bump to battery efficiency, and LG is claiming "full day" battery life from the included 75Wh battery. Estimates range from 22.5 hours on the 13.3-inch model to 21.5 hours on the 14-inch model and 19 hours on the largest 15.6-inch model, according to LG. Manufacturer estimates are usually on the optimistic side of things, however, so we'll have to wait to see if those number pan out.
LG also says it has built the new Gram models with carbon magnesium alloy bodies meant to stand up to MIL-ST 810G durability tests for impact, pressure, and temperature. The body designs have also allowed LG to squeeze the 14-inch model into a body the size of a typical 13-inch laptop, the company says.
Other bits include a touch screen display, fingerprint reader, and Thunderbolt 3 support.
Pricing data isn't available just yet, but LG says to expect the new 2018 Gram models to be available in the U.S. in January. We also expect to see more of the slim laptops at CES 2018, which kicks off on January 9.
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That's one massive battery for a 13.3" laptop. 21-hour battery life! Hell, I'd be happy with 12 with max brightness. Question on TB3 - if you hook up an external GPU, do you need an external monitor or can you still use the laptop's screen? Also, does hooking an external GPU result in some losses to performance?