updated 12:01 pm EST, Wed December 19, 2012
Notebook has bigger screen, maintains half-inch thickness
NEC is preparing to release a notebook that updates its thin line of ultrabooks in Japan with a new size of display, among other upgrades. The LaVie X has a 15.6-inch full HD IPS display, bigger than the LaVie Z's 13.3-inch display shown back in May, while keeping a slender profile that measures 12.8mm (half an inch) thick at its thinnest point.
Powered by an Intel Core i7-3517U processor with 4GB of RAM, the LaVie X is claimed to have a two-second boot time, 256GB of SSD storage, Wi-Fi access, connectivity through Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, SDXC, two USB 3.0 ports, and also houses a 720p HD webcam. The notebook's extra screen size also increases weight, up to 3.5-pounds from the 2.2 of its predecessor, while the battery offers up to seven hours of uptime, with an option to rapidly recharge to 80-percent of its capacity within an hour. Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010 and Windows 8 are pre-installed.
Shipping on December 27, the NEC LaVie X Ultrabook will cost 175,000 yen ($2,100), though a second model with 128GB of SSD storage will also be available at a cost of 130,000 yen ($1,500). Details of an international release were not disclosed by the company.