Hot on the trail of its 100 million Thinkpads sold celebration, Lenovo took the wraps off of it's new thin & light "LaVie" laptop PC series today at CES. The series features both a standard laptop design and a full 360-degree hinge that allows the LaVie to be used in tablet form, a feature popularized by the company's Yoga PC series. With a surprising starting weight of 1.72 lbs. with its 13.3" screen configuration, the Lavie earns the world's lightest 13" laptop/convertible crown.
The LaVie comes in so light due to a chassis built from magnesium-lithium (Mg-Li), allowing for both reasonable durability without the added weigh - similar to Microsoft's Surface products. If a lightweight and sleek 13" laptop sounds like a good idea that is resigned to performance compromises, think again. The LaVie houses Intel's 5th-generation i-series CPUs for excellent performance while under formidable workloads.
The LaVie will be available in two models, both running Microsoft's Windows 8.1 OS: the HZ550 and HZ750. The HZ750 is the higher-performing variant and comes with the 360-degree adjustable hinge. The HZ550 starts at $1,299 while the HZ750 starts at $1,499.
|CPU||5th-gen i5 (Intel HD graphics)||5th-gen i7 (Intel HD graphics)|
|Memory||4GB (DDR3)||8GB (DDR3)|
|Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1|
|Ports||USB 3.0 (2x), HDMI out, SD Card, 1/8" audio out (headphone)||USB 3.0 (2x), HDMI out, SD Card, 1/8" audio out (headphone)|
|Battery||4-cell 29.6 Wh (est. 7-8 hrs w/ video playback)||6-cell 44.4 Wh (est. 7-8 hrs w/ video playback)|
|Screen||13.3" (WQHD non-touch, fixed hinge)||13.3" (WQHD/1080p, touch-enabled, 360-degree hinge)|
|Storage||128GB SSD||128GB SSD|
|Weight||1.72 lbs.||2.04 lbs.|
Lenovo is planning a worldwide launch of the LaVie for May 2015, with a separate Japan launch slated for a similar time frame and different pricing. Both version of this convertible laptop will be available for purchase directly from Lenovo's web page.