What you need to know
- Razer is refreshing its popular Blade Stealth 13 Ultrabook.
- A new, more powerful 11th Gen CPU is added at 28 watts.
- Gone is 4K, and instead, OLED at full HD is offered in addition to a 120Hz full HD display.
- The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 goes on sale this month (October) starting at $1,800.
It has been six months since Razer refreshed its popular and ground-breaking Blade Stealth 13 laptop. Appropriately labeled as the first (and virtually only) gaming Ultrabook, Razer is further tweaking its formula based on new technology available.
The tl;dr of today's announcement is the Blade Stealth is now significantly more powerful with a respectable processor bump. Razer is also dropping that 4K model and replacing it with dazzling full HD OLED. Here is all you need to know.
Razer Blade Stealth 13 (Late 2020)
Available starting in October with no new price bump (pricing starts at $1,800), Razer is going with Intel's latest 11th Gen Core i7 processor – the quad-core i7-1165G7. While Intel's usual refreshes are modest, this 11th Gen chip is now 28-watt (versus 25-watt earlier), matching Apple's chips used in its MacBook Pros.
That i7 processor jumps from a base CPU speed of 1.3 GHz to 2.8GHz with peak turbo in tow increasing from 3.9 GHz to 4.7Ghz. All this power in just a 13.3-inch Ultrabook at 3.1 pounds (1.41kg) is remarkable. Razer claims this setup is now "2.7x faster in content creation and more than 20% faster in office productivity" than the last model.
|Category||Razer Blade Stealth (Late-2020)|
|OS||Window 10 Home (64-bit)|
|Display||13.3-inch FHD 120Hz matte (100% sRGB)|
13.3-inch OLED Touch (100% DCI-P3)
|Processor||28W 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (2.8 GHz / 4.7 GHz)|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Max-Q Design)|
|Storage||Up to 512GB PCIe M.2 (upgradeable)|
|Security||Windows Hello (face)|
|Ports||2x Thunderbolt 4 (USB-C) (power, 4 lanes of PCI Express)|
2x USB-C 3.1 Gen 2
|Keyboard||Razer Chroma w/ single-zone full key backlighting|
Windows Hello infrared camera
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 Intel Wireless AX 201 (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac)|
|Audio||Stereo, 4 speakers + Smart Amp|
THX Spatial Audio
|Dimensions||0.60" x 11.99" x 8.27" (15.3mm x 304.6mm x 210mm)|
|Weight||3.11lbs (1.41kg) non-touch|
3.26lbs (1.48kg) touch
|Power||100W USB-C power adapter|
|Price||Starts at $1,799 (opens in new tab)|
The new i7 is paired with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti (Max-Q Design) – so nothing new there, but the two should result in real gaming in a very portable machine.
As usual, Razer is offering two display types depending on your priorities. If you game heavily, you'll want to opt for the matte, non-touch 120Hz full HD LCD screen – again, high-refresh displays are not standard in this form factor. For those more interested in content creation, Razer is dumping the overkill 4K option in favor of full HD OLED with touch (and Gorilla Glass). With deep blacks and 100% DCI-P3 coverage, this is an excellent choice for video and photo editors (who like to game on the side).
Another small change is the ports. Razer is going all-in on Thunderbolt 4 by adding a second Type-C port giving users even more options for high-end peripherals and charging options. There are still two Type-A ports for good measure as well.
The rest of the late-2020 Blade Stealth is mostly the same. You get four-upward firing speakers (now with THX Spatial Audio instead of Dolby), Windows Hello IR camera, 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and 512GB of fast SSD (which you can upgrade yourself). Charging is accomplished via a 100-watt Type-C adapter.
Price and availability
The late-2020 Razer Blade Stealth 13 starts at USD 1,799.99 / 1,999.99€ MSRP and will be available in October at Razer.com and through select retailers in Fall 2020.
The only 13-inch gaming Ultrabook
120Hz Ultrabook with a real GPU
Razer has beefed up its Blade Stealth 13 gaming Ultrabook, making it even more powerful. Its 11th Gen Intel CPU is now 28-watts, it packs GTX 1650 Ti (Max-Q Design) graphics, and there is a new OLED option perfect for content creators.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Great laptop, I have a late 2019 model and went from a Surface Pro 4 to the Razer because I wanted Thunderbolt 3... I also have the core and a desktop graphics card... Used primary for business with a little gaming, expensive but suits my needs perfectly... These are great upgrades for the latest model, will definitely be looking to upgrade to the latest Stealth if they still make them when the time comes...
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