LG continues with its strategy of previous years, anticipating the start of CES to show its novelties and thus go making noise. In this case, it is their new LG Gram ultraportable, yes, in the plural, since the company is presenting two options for its famous ultralight laptop that we will physically meet in Las Vegas during the next CES 2019.
Let’s know its technical specifications …
LG Gram 2019 Data Sheet
|LG GRAM 17 (17Z990)||LG GRAM 14 2-IN-1 (14T990)|
|SCREEN||17 inches on IPS panel||14 inches IPS touch panel with Gorilla Glass 5|
|RESOLUTION||WQXGA (2560 X 1600 px) with ratio 16:10 and sRGB at 96%||Full HD (1920 x 1080) with 16: 9 ratio|
|DIMENSIONS||380.6 x 265.7 x 17.4 mm||324.6 x 210.8 x 17.9 mm|
|WEIGHT||1.3 kg||1.1 kg|
|DRUMS||72Wh (19.5 hours of autonomy)||72Wh (21 hours of autonomy)|
|PROCESSOR||8th Generation Intel||8th Generation Intel|
|RAM||8GB / 16GB DDR4||8GB / 16GB DDR4|
|STORAGE||256GB / 512GB (M.2 Slot)||256GB / 512GB (M.2 Slot)|
|KEYBOARD||Backlit with 98 keys||Backlit with 98 keys|
|CONNECTIVITY||A USB 3.1 Type-C (with option to support Thunderbolt 3 separately), 3 USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI, microSD, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0||A USB 3.1 Type-C, 2 USB 3.1 ports, an HDMI, microSD, WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0.|
|ADDITIONAL||Fingerprint reader, glass touchpad, MIL-STD-810g military certification and DTS X headset included.||Fingerprint reader, MIL-STD-810g military certification, DTS X headset and LG Stylus Pen (Wacom AES2.0) included.|
|COLORS||White and Silver||Silver|
|PRICE AND AVAILABILITY||$1699 and date to be announced||$1499 and date to be announced|
LG got 17 inches in a 15-inch-sized laptop
The 2019 version of the LG ultra portable increases its screen to 17 inches, but frames have been reduced to not increase the size of the entire device, so it is as if we had a 15.6-inch laptop with 17-inch screen, or at least that’s what LG says.
Of course, the weight is no longer below one kilo as in previous generations, but for this model is increased to 1,340 grams, which despite everything is still manageable for a 17-inch laptop. Even LG says it is the lightest 17-inch laptop on the market.
LG does not specify the processor model or the speed that includes this LG Gram 17, only mentioned that it is the eighth generation of Intel. The rumors point to a Core i7 (8565U), but we need to confirm this fact. It will be available in two options of RAM, 8 or 16 GB, and storage to choose between 256 and 512 GB, plus it has an additional slot to add another SSD.
An important point is that this LG Gram 17 may have support for Thunderbolt 3 through USB-C , however, this will be an additional option that will be sold separately at a price that has not been disclosed. In the rest of the connectivity, we have three USB 3.1 ports, 3.5 mm port for headphones, HDMI and microSD, while its operating system is Windows 10.
LG Gram opens in convertible format
The novelty for this generation of the Gram family is the new version with a 2-in-1 convertible design that incorporates a 14-inch touch screen and also includes a Wacom AES 2.0 stylus with 4,096 levels of pressure and inclination detection, which will allow to use the device in tablet format to take notes with greater comfort.
This LG Gram 14 can be used both in tablet format, by folding your keyboard in 360 by means of its new hinge, or as if it were an ultralight laptop, as has happened with this family of LG devices.
Its weight also exceeds a kilo to be exactly 1,145 grams, plus it promises a range of up to 21 hours. It should be noted that its screen does not have the same resolution as its older brother, so here we are with Full HD with a ratio 16:9, which is tactile Gorilla Glass 5 protection added.
As for the available ports, the LG Gram 14 loses with respect to its brother the support to Thunderbolt 3 and a USB 3.1 port. For the rest of specifications, it remains the same, with the same processor, RAM and storage options, and operating system.
Price and availability of the new LG Gram 2019 family
So far no details have been given of the releases and release date, only know that the LG Gram 17 will start at $1699, while the LG Gram 14 will start at $1499. During the next CES 2019 we will be attentive to the news to update the information when it is available.