updated 10:55 am EST, Tue December 28, 2010
LG unveils thin-bezel Xnote P210 ahead of CES
LG on Tuesday claimed a design breakthrough for notebooks with an addition to the Xnote line that could hint at future plans for ultraportables like the MacBook Air. The P210 has a 12.5-inch display but, through a new extra-thin bezel technology, is no bigger than a typical 11.6-inch notebook. Simultaneously, it has much more performance than alternatives with an ultra-low voltage 1.33GHz Core i5 that can Turbo Boost to 1.86GHz.
The system still depends on slower, current-generation Intel integrated graphics but has 4GB of RAM and a 320GB rotating hard drive. LG promised a relatively long 5.6 hours of battery life and a lighter than usual 2.87-pound weight.
Koreans will get the systems sometime in February for prices equivalent to $1,044 to $1,131 depending on the color options. A US release isn't as likely, but the company regularly exports its systems to Canada, Europe and other areas.
The P210 may have an impact on the long-term design of the MacBook Air by letting Apple fit a larger screen without compromising on the overall dimensions of its own system. It's not known if LG has an exclusive on the thin bezel design, but it currently has a $500 million agreement with Apple that focuses primarily on mobile displays.
Apple is also expected to eventually upgrade the Air to ultra-low voltage Core i5 chips once it can transition to Sandy Bridge and get graphics with acceptable performance without having to turn to NVIDIA.