Laptop makers strive to create ever lighter and more portable devices without sacrificing screen size. Now it's pretty common to see laptops advertised as offering a 13.3-inch screen in a 12-inch form factor, achieved by shrinking bezels, for example. Other laptops are highlighted for their slimness, like the sub-9mm thick Acer Swift 7. Even gaming laptops have been sucked into this slimming trend in recent years, with initiatives like the Nvidia Max-Q designs.
The largest mainstream laptops tend to be based around 17-inch screens but I haven't seen as much effort in slimming down these beasts until now. Now it looks like LG is preparing to launch the largest laptop in its signature thin and light Gram range with the LG Gram 17. A Liliputing source spotted the laptop listed at Best Buy, unfortunately the listing has now been taken down, but not before it was thoroughly cribbed.
The headlining, and most astonishing quality of the LG Gram 17 laptop is that it weighs in at just 1.3kg (2.95lbs). It is pretty thin too, at 17.8mm (0.7-inch) thick, and it is 381mm (15-inch) wide and 267mm (10.5-inch) deep. This is noted to be "closer in size to what you would have expected from a 15.6 inch notebook a few years ago". Overall, the Gram looks rather sleek in its magnesium alloy chassis. LG's design includes a backlit keyboard with numpad and a fingerprint reader.
This laptop uses a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, providing a good balance of detail for the size. An HD webcam and mic reside on the upper screen bezel. Inside, LG has equipped the Intel Core i7-8565U (Whiskey Lake) processor, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Ports provided sound adequate, and Liliputing lists it as featuring a USB Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a headset jack, an HDMI port, and a microSD card reader. Gigabit Wi-Fi is supported and a USB Type-C to Ethernet adapter for wired connections, says the source.
Best Buy had the LG Gram 17 listed, with the configuration detailed above, at US$1,700.
Another new LG Gram laptop was listed then taken down by Best Buy yesterday. The LG Gram 2-in-1 with an Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of solid state storage will sell for $1500. Liliputing have reported upon this Wacom stylus equipped device in a separate story, as per link. These laptops will probably debut at the CES 2019, a few weeks from now.