New Razer Blade launches with Intel Kaby Lake CPU, 16GB RAM, GTX 1060, and 4K touchscreen

After refreshing its Blade Stealth in September, and the Blade Pro in October, Razer has now launched a new version of its Blade gaming laptop.

The latest iteration of the sleek 14-inch notebook features one of Intel's latest 7th-generation 'Kaby Lake' processors, 16GB of RAM as standard, and a new optional touchscreen with 4K (3840x2160px) resolution. Another standard feature is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDDR5 VRAM, and buyers will be able to choose 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD storage options.

"The Razer Blade sets the benchmark for performance in thin laptops," said Razer co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "More users embraced this flagship computer model in 2016 than ever before, and we are excited to make it even more available worldwide this year. Beyond gaming, it has been really gratifying to see people enjoying the power and portability of the Blade for video editing, music creation and software development."

Like other Razer notebooks, including its predecessor, the new Blade also features the company's Chroma keyboard lighting array, which can be extensively customized.

There are two core versions of the new Razer Blade, which differ only based on their displays: a standard Full HD panel; or a touchscreen with 4K resolution. Key specs of both models are shown below:


Feature
Razer Blade
Full HD Matte
Razer Blade
4K UHD
Display 14-inch
Matte display
Full HD (1920x1080px)
14-inch
Capacitive multitouch
4K (3840x2160px)
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM)
Processor Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor with Hyper-Threading
2.8GHz / 3.8GHz (Base / Turbo)
Chipset Mobile Intel PCHM 100-series chipset, HM175
Storage 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD (PCIe M.2)
Memory 16GB dual-channel onboard memory (DDR4, 2400MHz)
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)
Communication Killer Wireless-AC 1535
(802.11 a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth 4.1)
Input + output
  • Integrated 2MP webcam
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard with Chroma backlighting
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI audio and video (4K at 60HZ) output
  • Integrated 2MP webcam
  • Anti-ghosting keyboard with Chroma backlighting
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
  • USB 3.0 x 2 (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI audio and video (4K at 60HZ) output
  • Multi-point touchscreen interface
Audio
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
  • Array microphone
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
Additional features
  • Razer Synapse enabled with programmable keyboard, backlighting and fan control
  • Kensington Security Slot
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
Power
  • Compact 165W power adapter
  • Built-in 70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
Size 345 x 235 x 17.9mm
Weight 1.86kg 1.95kg

The new Razer Blade Full HD models are now available direct from Razer in:

  • the United States, priced from $1,899 USD;
  • Canada, from $2,749 CAD;
  • the United Kingdom, from £1,799 GBP; and
  • France and Germany, from €2,149 EUR.

Razer says that the Blade 4K UHD "is expected to be available in Q2 2017". You can get a further quick overview of the new Razer Blade in the video below:

Source: Razer

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